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The Ugly Truth (2009)



Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 169
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 147

Despite the best efforts of Butler and Heigl, The Ugly Truth suffers from a weak script that relies on romantic comedy formula, with little charm or comedic payoff.


Average Rating: 3.5/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 36

Despite the best efforts of Butler and Heigl, The Ugly Truth suffers from a weak script that relies on romantic comedy formula, with little charm or comedic payoff.



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Katherine Heigl stars as a lovelorn television producer who's made to run a gauntlet of romantic exploits by a pig-headed morning-show host (played by Gerard Butler) as a way to prove whose romantic methods are more accurate. Legally Blonde's Robert Luketic directs from a script by Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith, and Nicole Eastman. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi


Comedy, Romance

Nicole Eastman

Nov 10, 2009


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We're left with a few giggles and the option to be offended by the gender stereotypes - if we can be bothered.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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I think it's safe to say that the concerns about sexism in cinema that Heigl voiced so ardently after her career-making turn in Knocked Up have ebbed in direct proportion to the increases in her subsequent paychecks.

July 28, 2009 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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It's just not believable.

July 27, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (5)
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The Ugly Truth has a nice moment here and there, but there is much more ugliness than truth.

July 27, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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Aside from being relational science-fiction, The Ugly Truth feels about 150 years out of date -- or it would, if the script weren't so clinically dependent on the topics of masturbation and genitalia and raunch.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Comments (2)
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Say no to Hollywood hackery and cynical, demographic-courting filmmaking. Say no to movies made by people who condescend and treat you like bleating sheep. Say no to The Ugly Truth.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Comment (1)
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The screenplay is written by three females, who write women like they hate them and men like they've never met a real one.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source:

The ugly truth about this film is that it may convince males out there that it's okay to be a pig.

February 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

[It] attempts to be hip and edgy by featuring plenty of discussions about boy parts and girl parts and how they become friends with one another. However, the makers of this film clearly have no idea about how men and women actually interact.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix | Comment (1)

If all you need is a fix of puerile smut and puddle-deep romantic giggles and can't wait for the next episode of Two and a Half Men, The Ugly Truth should do the trick.

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source:

The Ugly Truth has all the honesty and romance of an Axe body spray commercial.

January 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

...there's no finesse or scarcity to lend impact to the vulgarity. It's handled with all the craftsmanship of an infant wielding an arc welder.

December 6, 2009 Full Review Source:

A putative romantic comedy about the fundamental differences between men and women, it reduces both genders to emotional cripples while failing to find any humor in the situation.

November 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

...a mildly diverting yet thoroughly uninvolving romantic comedy...

November 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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October 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

As a girls'-night-out movie for those in the right frame of mind, it gets some laughs, even a few big ones. But this opposites-attract comedy is wildly uneven: There are long stretches of down time, and some of the humor is so crude it backfires.

September 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

Apparently, the ugly truth is that neither sex needs or deserves respect. How romantic. The 'Sex and the City' gals would be proud.

September 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Formula can be fun, as it is here.

August 31, 2009 Full Review Source:

This lackluster, stereotypical movie attempts to update its shopworn formula with a stream of four letter words and sexually crude phrases in Judd Apatow fashion but ends up turning off everyone in the process.

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

Allowing the characters to talk dirty adds nothing to the chick flick formula.

August 21, 2009 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

THE UGLY TRUTH isn't as painfully predictable as THE PROPOSAL, and it's funnier too. That doesn't mean it's a complete success. I never really wanted the two leads to end up with each other, and the transition in which they fall in love is clunky.

August 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Yet another wearying "battle-of-the-sexes" romp that's sure to please dumb people but didn't please me.

August 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Huffington Post | Comments (2)
Huffington Post

Daring and dirty, making it so delicious.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

Heigl is said to have fallen out with Apatow since the making of Knocked Up. Maybe she should reconnect with him.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Comments (2)
Sydney Morning Herald

Ugly can't Describe the Truth about this Film

August 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Illinois Times
Illinois Times

It's hard to believe the script is attributed to three women, because this could send the Women's Movement back sixty years.

August 11, 2009 Full Review Source: New England Movies Weekly
New England Movies Weekly

Audience Reviews for The Ugly Truth

This was so funny. First ten minutes or so didn't think it was going to be very good, but then it really picks up. Good chick flick . Couldn't stop laughing at a few of the bits in this. Didn't really like Gerard Butler, but I could overlook that.
December 14, 2013

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The Ugly Truth has all the honesty and romance of an Axe body spray commercial.
December 14, 2012
Not that funny at all, formulaic, and unlikely. All the sexist, raunchy jokes are just not that funny and while these actors can act, they're just given crap to work with.
July 26, 2012

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The Ugly Truth is definitely ugly but not exactly truthful. It's badly written, badly acted and has no redeeming features as far as I could tell. It's labelled a rom-com but it was totally devoid of any Romance or comedy, it couldn't even get the stereotypes right. The real ugly truth is that this kind of crap gets green-lit by the studios quite regularly and the moronic public lap it up - that said, these films are quite cheap to make and they will always make profit because a) A certain percentage of people will go to the cinema of a weekend no matter what is playing, b) It reels people in with false advertising c) The viewing public can be just as lazy as the film makers and will happily be spoon fed garbage. It's not alone, there are countless other films given the quite insulting label of 'chick flick' just like this but, credit where credit is due - this is definitely one of the worst. Not the valentines film I was hoping for!
February 15, 2012

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