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The Sweetest Thing (2002)


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 107
Fresh: 28
Rotten: 79

Critics Consensus: A collection of hit-or-miss gags tied together by a thin plot.

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 9
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: A collection of hit-or-miss gags tied together by a thin plot.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 199,273


Movie Info

Former South Park writer and Win Ben Stein's Money sidekick Nancy Pimental makes her feature screenwriting debut with this relationship comedy. Cameron Diaz stars as Christina Walters, a jaded, club-hopping single woman in San Francisco who has given up trying to find the perfect mate to focus on "Mr. Right Now." Her equally cynical friend, Courtney (Christina Applegate), a divorce attorney, shares much the same attitude, while their pal, Jane (Selma Blair), is more starry-eyed and na´ve. … More

R (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
Nancy M. Pimental
In Theaters:
Aug 20, 2002
Box Office:
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Sweetest Thing

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (79) | DVD (22)

Female characters should be allowed to engage in raunchy humor on the big screen; they already do on the small one with Sex and the City. But unlike that HBO series, The Sweetest Thing has no guts.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

This picture is one of the flattest, stupidest, unfunniest sex comedies -- as well as one of the worst all-round pictures -- I've ever seen.

Full Review… | April 26, 2002
Top Critic

Seems to have been assembled (at short notice, with blindfolds on) by people who have never seen any movies outside of Cameron Diaz vehicles.

Full Review… | April 16, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

Loses its sense of humor in a vat of failed jokes, twitchy acting, and general boorishness.

Full Review… | April 16, 2002
Top Critic

The Sweetest Thing has nothing insightful to say about relationships, and nothing funny to say about the singles scene.

Full Review… | April 15, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Extremely lowbrow -- definitely not for kids.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

It's not great or inspired by any means, but it's cute and amusing enough.

Full Review… | September 23, 2007

Call it a younger, West Coast cousin to Sex and the City, or There's Something About Mary from the woman's point of view.

Full Review… | June 25, 2004

If a date suggests the two of you should go and see this film dump them.

Full Review… | February 13, 2004

...Mixes smut and wacky girlfriend antics in equal parts, often scoring the guilty chuckle in spite of itself, with plenty of bra-and-panty shots to please the guys.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

Just when you think it's going to be a sappy chick flick, The Sweetest Thing surprises with a lewd joke or half-naked girl.

Full Review… | January 13, 2003
Radio Free Entertainment

Cameron Diaz "comedy" follows the Farrelly brothers' path with degrading, unfunny "jokes" that make you feel unclean just watching them.

Full Review… | November 7, 2002

Fundamentally ugly in its supposition of normalcy in its uncreative, sex-starved protagonists.

Full Review… | August 25, 2002

The overriding effect of watching these actresses debase themselves is the cinematic equivalent of a motorway car wreck.

Full Review… | August 13, 2002

...'forgettable' is one of the best things one could call this film.

Full Review… | July 31, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Una especie de There's Something about Mary pero que no termina de cuajarse en algo concreto y termina siendo una... una... una no s qu es lo que termina siendo!

July 22, 2002

...this one can't be recommended as a way to spend an hour and a won't get it back.

Full Review… | June 28, 2002

All right, so it's not a brilliant piece of filmmaking, but it is a funny (sometimes hilarious) comedy with a deft sense of humor about itself, a playful spirit and a game cast.

Full Review… | June 5, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

There's a frantic, anything-goes quality to "Sweetest" that's appealing at first, until it becomes apparent the movie has little more to offer than the friskiness of its stars...

Full Review… | June 3, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

The Sweetest Thing could have been a major summer underdog hit. Don't get me wrong. It's not a very good movie.

Full Review… | May 31, 2002
Hot Button

What's most wonderful is that all the heartless, cruel cads are played by women, and the seemingly sensitive, prey being stalked are played by guys.

Full Review… | May 20, 2002

Thoroughly noxious offspring of 'There's Something About Mary' and 'Sex & the City'.

Full Review… | April 28, 2002

A sour attempt at making a Farrelly Brothers-style, down-and-dirty laugher for the female set.

Full Review… | April 24, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Sweetest Thing

Please, somebody could say to Cameron Diaz to stop make any movies, they're just horrible and that the only good comedy which she made a big role is There's Something About Mary and The Mask, thank you. The Sweetest Thing is a mix of a gross out and romcom that is really silly, so silly that makes me want to puke. It's one of this movies that is look like an awful music that you doesn't like, but stay in your mind and tortures you. Dispite the scene being in your mind, it have the able to make you embarrassed, from the first until the ridiculous ending credits.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

The idea forwarded here seems to be that cows can be just as stupid and lewd and backward as bulls (!!!). The result amazingly reaches the same conclusion: boring, and embarrassingly so. The cast, however brave, fails to lift the material. The groaning you will hear, that'd be you.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

Hilarious! Some of the scenes were cringing but you couldn't help but laugh.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

This movie is one big hot mess, but it's so disastrously, disgustingly fun I don't even care.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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