• PG-13, 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Ron Howard
    In Theaters:
    Jan 14, 2011 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 3, 2011
  • Universal Pictures

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The Dilemma Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

Lacking any great surprises, this story meanders along trying to prolong the dilemma for as long as possible.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 30, 2013
Roger Moore
Movie Nation

Unsettling and so off tone that we wonder if we are supposed to be laughing at this at all.

Full Review Source: Movie Nation | Original Score: 2/4

January 23, 2013
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk

The Dilemma is quite enjoyable until its characters stop behaving like rational adults and start acting like they've just realised they've got a film to finish.

Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk | Original Score: 3/5

September 28, 2012
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

It deals with a serious issue of problems in a marriage, but it does so in such an ignorant, clumsy, sophomoric way with a sexist point of view that it loses any value, either morally or in terms of entertainment.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 1/10

November 18, 2011
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

The man who grew up on sitcoms and then made agreeable diversions like Splash and Parenthood seems to have lost his comedic touch.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C-

November 18, 2011
Silas Lesnick
ComingSoon.net

Shockingly dark, the focus of "The Dilemma" is less about cheap laughs and more about the absurd humor of existential loneliness.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 9/10

November 18, 2011
Neil Pond
American Profile

Director Ron Howard, usually a surer touch behind the camera, seems out of his element here, unable to bring anything into clear comedic focus.

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 2/5

September 9, 2011
James Luxford
The National

The story may wander, and bears none of Howard's usual hallmarks, but the talent involved ensures The Dilemma offers more than just your average date movie.

Full Review Source: The National | Original Score: 3/5

September 1, 2011
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes

This film is familiar territory to director Howard ("Parenthood") but, as always, he finds a way to get the right performances from his actors...

Full Review Source: MediaMikes | Original Score: 4/5

August 16, 2011
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy

Even for an experienced director like Howard, there are just too many problems to get around.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 2/5

July 14, 2011
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

In spite of the talent, The Dilemma misfires

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

July 7, 2011
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Feels like a throwaway effort by everyone involved.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/10

June 7, 2011
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD

An intriguing marital dramedy that rides the line between great and awful, often undone by lazy editing.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 6/10

May 16, 2011
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...far too sedate and uneven to make a wholeheartedly positive impact on the viewer.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

May 1, 2011
Dave White
Movies.com

Do you trust this movie to tackle the issue with fairness and brains?

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 2/5

April 4, 2011
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The Dilemma requires a director willing to indulge the dark comedy to its fullest. One name that style doesn't bring to mind for the job is Ron Howard.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: C+

March 9, 2011
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Surely this balancing act involving both heartbreak and humor will polarize those who would prefer that the film stick to one or the other.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B

March 4, 2011
Marc Fennell
Triple J

Some great chemistry between the central duo is undone by a plot that is so frustrating you will want to chew off your arm. It's so frustrating that the ending is a palpable relief.

Full Review Source: Triple J | Original Score: 2/5

March 1, 2011
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

The Dilemma is built upon an inherently false premise. In its heart it knows this, so it expends all sorts of energy trying to throw sand in the eyes of viewers, obscuring this fact for the sake of 'zaniness.'

Full Review Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: C-

February 11, 2011
John Hazelton
Screen International

The male leads look comfortable in roles that approximate to their usual comic personas and each deliver chuckle-worthy moments.

Full Review Source: Screen International

February 10, 2011
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