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What to Expect When You're Expecting Reviews

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The highs, lows, unexpected joys and totally expected pains of pregnancy get a comprehensive going over in this consistently funny, warm-hearted ensemble comedy.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3/5

June 26, 2012
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

I wasn't expecting how warmly I'd feel towards the characters by the end of the movie - and I certainly wasn't expecting to tear up a little bit during one of the couple's denouements. How in hell did that happen?

Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 4, 2012
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Appears at first to be a superficial appetizer with little on its mind beyond cliché and predictable formula...but some genuine tenderness surfaces..and Banks is terrific.

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

June 3, 2012
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror [UK]

In the end there is enough pregnancy humour to give audiences a good old belly laugh.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]

May 24, 2012
Kayt Bochenski and Nelly Twort
Little White Lies

It's exactly what we expected it to be. If you're going to have a baby it'd be a good thing to watch. It shows all the things people say to you.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2012
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post

While it's not better than you might expect, it passes the time entertainingly enough.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 3/5

May 23, 2012
Victoria Joy
Sky Movies

The film has a job to do and laughs are provided, if not as laugh-out-loud as fans of Knocked Up and Baby Mama may be expecting.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

May 23, 2012
Christian Toto
Big Hollywood

What to Expect trots out the same ol' pregnancy gags, but the film's hilarious Daddy's Group sets it apart from its rom-com peers.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 22, 2012
Shannon M. Houston
Paste Magazine

Serves up an adult-sized sippy cup full of good fun, good drama and, most importantly, dirty pregnancy jokes.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 6.8/10

May 22, 2012
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the film's lack of ambition ultimately [prevents] it from becoming anything more than a barely-adequate time-waster.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 20, 2012
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis

Expecting is uneven and at times struggles under its own weight, but overcomes its shortcomings to be worthy of ponying up for a babysitter for the rare parental date-night.

Full Review Source: Suburban Journals of St. Louis | Original Score: 3/5

May 18, 2012
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Elizabeth Banks provides the laughs in this-isn't-the-horrible-baby-jokes-lightweight-ensemble-comedy-you-think-it-is.

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: B

May 18, 2012
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

All-star cast headlines bawdy, inconsistently funny comedy.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

May 18, 2012
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum

Terrific film for both men and women and any expectant parent needs to go out and see this and prepare for the road of surprises you will have ahead of you over the next nine months!

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 4/5

May 18, 2012
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks

I found some of its multiple storylines annoying and hopelessly contrived, at first; it's only toward the end, when the film draws from real life, that it finds its heart and becomes relatable for anyone who has been through pregnancy or parenthood.

Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks | Original Score: 2.1/2

May 18, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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"What to Expect" isn't an inspired movie, but a manufactured one, but one with some laughs and some moments.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 17, 2012
Matt Patches
Hollywood.com

Hollywood rarely gives birth to a comedy that's both hilarious and honest. 'What to Expect' hits both chords, defying expectations.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 17, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Sometimes a dopey sitcom and sometimes a thoughtful look at how intimidating it is to have a kid.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 17, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The writing is sharp and the performances bright, and if you've been through the forced gestational march known as pregnancy, there are knowing laughs to be had.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

May 17, 2012
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell

As star-studded adaptations of popular, nonfiction, non-narrative self-help books go, 'What To Expect' is surprisingly not terrible.

Full Review Source: EntertainmentTell | Original Score: 3/5

May 17, 2012
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