Trust the Man Reviews

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 12, 2011
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 18, 2006
I saw this at a festival and hated it, then sat through it again a year later and decided it wasn't so bad, aside from the god-awful ending.
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Ben Walters
Time Out
September 21, 2006
It's a pity, because few romcoms pull off the basically sympathetic mining of personal vanities and social embarrassment that the film manages in its opening hour.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 2, 2006
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 1, 2006
Freundlich's outstanding cast (including Garry Shandling, Eva Mendes, Ellen Barkin, Bob Balaban and James LeGros) -- his best since 1997's The Myth of Fingerprints -- glosses over miscalculations with sheer star power.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 1, 2006
Two couples in trouble, one with kids, another considering them. Writer-director Bart Freundlich's challenge is to stress them and find a resolution to their conflicts in ways that aren't banal, predictable or witless. And he settles for one out of three.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 1, 2006
The fact that Freundlich tries to put some thoughtful commentary into a formulaic story is commendable, but in the end either his faith wavers or the studio intervened.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 1, 2006
I wish the film were true to itself and its quartet of puzzled, struggling lovers; their collapse into sitcom idiocy felt uncomfortably close to betrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 1, 2006
A lot more smug and a lot less insightful than writer-director Bart Freundlich apparently assumes, and it's burdened even more by its surfeit of unsympathetic characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
August 31, 2006
Screenwriter and director Bart Freundlich fails to offer fresh insights into the problems of contemporary relationships, and many of his comic targets are easy and conventional.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 31, 2006
There's nothing terribly wrong with this comedy about the romantic dalliances of four New Yorkers, but there's nothing terribly right about it, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 31, 2006
The people behind this film would not recognize complex, honest emotion if it hit them in the face with a frying pan.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 21, 2006
Trying to mimic the Woody Allen films is not a bad thing to do, but why not put a spin on it?
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 19, 2006
Is this farce, drama, satire? Who knows?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 18, 2006
This comedy about two self-absorbed New York couples feels like wan Woody Allen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
August 18, 2006
Trust the Man has a sketchy overall feel, as if Freundlich didn't finish thinking it through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 18, 2006
Trust the Man is a mildly amusing movie, but that's chiefly a result of its stars -- or, more specifically, its female stars -- elevating the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 18, 2006
As faux Woody Allen movies go, Trust the Man is one of the more diverting recent entries in the genre, with a top-drawer cast, well-chosen Manhattan locations and a sharper script than Allen himself has managed in a while.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 18, 2006
In the end, you're left feeling a little empty, as if you've been eavesdropping on a conversation in a restaurant and neglected to eat your dinner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
August 18, 2006
The actors gamely keep up their spirits, but the male characters are too one-dimensional and the female characters too bizarrely divorced from reality to be at all engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 17, 2006
If a movie that uses the word 'relationship' 7,000 times puts your teeth on edge, stay away.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 17, 2006
Opening a film with a small child straining on a toilet and talking about poop isnt just a bad idea; its an invitation to unfortunate metaphor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 17, 2006
With its self-conscious literary references and trendy settings, Trust the Man quickly begins to feel hopelessly derivative of other, better movies.
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
August 17, 2006
Trust the Man could easily carry the following subtitle: Men Who Behave Like Petulant, Spoiled Children and the Women Who Decide It's Easier to Love Them As-Is Than To Try to Turn Them Into Grownups.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 17, 2006
Pity the poor Hollywood husband, trudging along in the shadow of his famous wife while nursing underappreciated artistic ambitions of his own.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 17, 2006
Like a few too many of this year's adult offerings, this one is a diversion. It's not unpleasant, but it doesn't offer a 'must see' night at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 17, 2006
The film presents itself as a funny, insightful Manhattan relationship comedy in Woody Allen mode, but morphs into the phoniest of Hollywood rom-coms.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 16, 2006
Don't hate them because they're beautiful. On second thought, go right ahead.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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David Germain
Associated Press
August 16, 2006
For all the promise of a cast led by Julianne Moore and David Duchovny in an urbane, adult chronicle of love and marriage, the movie just strings viewers along through phony contrivance, like any other romantic comedy.
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
August 15, 2006
[The] characters don't mean anything because they don't say anything or do anything that feels rooted in the nitty-gritty of the everyday.
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John Anderson
Variety
August 15, 2006
Unfortunately in this New York, no crisis is insurmountable, and no upscale downtown restaurant is deprived of product placement.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 24, 2005
A romantic comedy by design, a form of torture in practice, and an atomic-strength antidote to the romantic impulse in effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 16, 2005
A smart, sharply observed, highly affable look at contemporary relationships that finally injects a little life in the stagnating genre.