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Something's Gotta Give (2003)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 166
Fresh: 118 | Rotten: 48

Keaton shines in this smartly funny romantic comedy.


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 11

Keaton shines in this smartly funny romantic comedy.



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Harry Sanborn is a perennial bachelor who only dates women under the age of thirty. On what was to have been a romantic weekend with his latest infatuation, Marin, at her mother's Hamptons beach house, Harry develops chest pains. Marin's mother Erica Barry, a successful, divorced playwright, reluctantly agrees to help nurse him back to health. Once they are alone together, Harry is surprised to find himself drawn to Erica for all the right reasons. And despite her initial protestations about


Comedy, Romance

Nancy Meyers

Mar 30, 2004


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The moments between the characters are absolutely full. It's a pleasure to watch such consummate professionals.

January 15, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Ms. Keaton projects her wondrously warm personality, and the erstwhile Jake Gittes keeps us entertained with a sense of irony that keeps things from getting too sticky.

January 8, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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A comedy of manners (and mannerisms) with two of the most mannered movie stars of our time, Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson, acting all over the place until you surrender with the ecstasy of pure pleasure.

December 18, 2003
New York Observer
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The movie itself reveals nothing, but it's entertaining.

December 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Slate
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Something's Gotta Give is exactly the kind of 'adult' dreck that you'd expect to see on Broadway.

December 13, 2003
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In a rare -- if not entirely convincing -- bow to older audiences, Something's Gotta Give teams Nicholson with Diane Keaton in a romantic comedy that's funnier than it is trenchant.

December 12, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Delightful comedy, older teens and parents only.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Vintage Nicholson and Keaton, like fine wines, improve with age.

April 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics adult romantic comedy populated by pleasant people who say witty, charming things and have about them an air of unforced sophistication.

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Nancy Meyers squanders the abundant talents at her disposal on a film whose look and vision seem to have been borrowed from commercials for cholesterol medications.

September 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

Something's Gotta Give is an entertaining romp with two fantastic actors, but a lack of concern for its story is ultimately the film's death.

July 20, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

Keaton has been handed the role of a lifetime, a Ferrari among Edsels, and she floors that baby from start to finish.

April 29, 2004 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

Something's Gotta Give is a delightful romance movie, but most likely will be categorized as a "Chick Flick".

April 3, 2004 Full Review Source:

"Something's Gotta Give" makes for good repeat viewing on DVD.

April 1, 2004

This ugly, repugnant ending, which I won't describe but you can surely guess before you buy a ticket, had me feeling like I'd wasted ninety minutes of my human existence.

March 4, 2004 Full Review Source:

'Tierna, romántica, encantadora y con un elenco de alto calibre, es una de esas cintas que nos recuerdan que el amor no tiene edad. Una verdadera delicia'

February 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Moviola

Keaton delivers her best performance in years...But finally, the something that gives in Something's Gotta Give is Myers' good sense of direction.

February 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

As monotonous and predictable as a pacemaker.

February 3, 2004 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

"Something's Gotta Give" gives us a good first hour... then it just gives up.

January 22, 2004 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston
EDGE Boston

Although it uses a debate-friendly topic as its narrative fulcrum, it's really just a simple romance that delivers the same ol' message about love loosening people up.

January 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Despite the flawed premise and sitcomish plot, this film has an undeniable charm.

January 15, 2004 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Messy and scatterbrained at times, but overall a wired and frequently witty rom-com.

January 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Good romantic comedy with great performances by Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton.

January 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

a lively romantic comedy that is sometimes clever, often hilarious, but overlong

January 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
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Audience Reviews for Something's Gotta Give

Some version of the truth: It left me smiling. There's more.

Full review coming to on 6/20
June 13, 2013

Super Reviewer

I ran across this on TV, and decided to see it for the second time and enjoyed it. I have not read up on Jack Nicholson's private life, but one wonders if he is just playing himself in this movie. I supposed the attraction of the movie is that true love can even overcome an obnoxious personality.
April 23, 2013

Super Reviewer

An arrow aimed directly at women, aged 45 and up, that actually hurts anyone other than that expressed audience to watch. It may injure even those intended with its simplistic pigeonholing of women, no matter how successful or how professional, still defining themselves solely by the men around them. There's plenty of stomach churning groans ahead, be warned, altho I'd watch McDormand watch grass grow (I like her that much ... and she'd make it interesting anyway!).
February 4, 2013

Super Reviewer

    1. Harry Sanborn: It's just a walk Erica, not a marriage proposal.
    – Submitted by Stuart R (20 months ago)
    1. Harry Sanborn: No words can ever express my gratitude for taking me in and taking care of me and-
    2. Erica Barry: Hey, Your heart attack could be the best thing that ever happened to me.
    – Submitted by Olivia B (2 years ago)
    1. Harry Sanborn: Erica. You are a woman to love.
    2. Erica Barry: [leaves room] 'You are... You are a woman to love.' What the hell does that mean?
    – Submitted by Olivia B (2 years ago)
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