The Sweetest Thing Reviews

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Robert Koehler
Variety
July 23, 2008
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
April 26, 2002
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.
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
April 16, 2002
Seems to have been assembled (at short notice, with blindfolds on) by people who have never seen any movies outside of Cameron Diaz vehicles.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 16, 2002
Loses its sense of humor in a vat of failed jokes, twitchy acting, and general boorishness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 15, 2002
The Sweetest Thing has nothing insightful to say about relationships, and nothing funny to say about the singles scene.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 13, 2002
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 13, 2002
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Joel Siegel
ABCNEWS.COM
April 12, 2002
Remember the movie critic Sony invented to give their films good reviews? Not even he would like this movie.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 12, 2002
Bound to appeal to women looking for a howlingly trashy time.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 12, 2002
Clever packaging of boy fantasy and girl fantasy.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 12, 2002
Essentially a collection of bits -- and they're all naughty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 12, 2002
Not so much a movie as an amiable collection of off-color vignettes. None of them soar, but some are well worth a giggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
April 12, 2002
A bunch of intermittently amusing sketches that collectively don't add up to much of a picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 12, 2002
At 87 minutes, The Sweetest Thing feels pumped up with air, with an extended end-credits sequence designed to stretch the movie to a respectable feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 12, 2002
The ads for The Sweetest Thing promise that if you loved There's Something About Mary and My Best Friend's Wedding, then you can't miss this latest Cameron Diaz vehicle. Well, miss it.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
April 12, 2002
An awkward hybrid of genres that just doesn't work.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 12, 2002
A cheerfully twisted, energetic chick flick that simply does not waste time taking itself seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
April 12, 2002
It's a shallow movie, to be sure, but it has this much in its favor: It's a shallow movie that wholeheartedly, even joyfully embraces the point of view of the three, um, babe-a-licious women at its center.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
April 12, 2002
Lacks original humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 12, 2002
The Sweetest Thing wanders into such ironies and shoddily exploits them. The title is even a bad joke: This movie is to sweet as a dog is to a hydrant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
April 12, 2002
If Diaz wants to keep panty-dancing in movie after movie, who am I to complain?
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Though Cameron Diaz is cute, gangly and kooky, her gung-ho energy isn't enough to lift The Sweetest Thing into anything resembling a coherent comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 12, 2002
It's deep-sixed by a compulsion to catalog every bodily fluids gag in There's Something About Mary and devise a parallel clone-gag.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 12, 2002
Though many of its grossest moments draw groans rather than guffaws, and a few yawns, Sweetest is occasionally and audaciously funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Arizona Republic
April 12, 2002
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 11, 2002
The Sweetest Thing, a romantic comedy with outrageous tendencies, may be a mess in a lot of ways. But it does have one saving grace. A lot of its gags and observations reflect a woman's point-of-view.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
April 11, 2002
For those who think that movies by the Farrelly brothers or Todd Solondz are the Mount Kilimanjaro of bad taste, it's time to grab your parka and goggles -- there's a new peak to climb.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 11, 2002
It's refreshing to see a girl-power movie that doesn't feel it has to prove anything.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 11, 2002
If you laugh at this badly made recycled trash dump ... it may be because you are amused at seeing women doing the same revolting stuff men do, and being forced to suffer the very same consequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 11, 2002
Not half-bad, thanks mostly to a cast that knows how to embrace juvenilia in the spirit of good, dirty fun.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 11, 2002
A movie in which laughter and self-exploitation merge into jolly soft-porn 'empowerment.'
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 8, 2002
[Diaz] can blunder into the crudest situations with such sweet innocence as to inspire giggles rather than groans.