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What Women Want (2001)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 121
Fresh: 65 | Rotten: 56

Even though Gibson is a good sport in his role, What Women Want is a rather conventional, fluffy comedy-romance that doesn't make good use of its premise.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 12

Even though Gibson is a good sport in his role, What Women Want is a rather conventional, fluffy comedy-romance that doesn't make good use of its premise.



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After an accident, a chauvenistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.



Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa

May 8, 2001


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All Critics (143) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (56) | DVD (24)

It should be called What Moviegoers Want, because it appeals to both sexes, without pandering to or demeaning either of them.

December 15, 2000 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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It's a romantic comedy with a distinctly modern, delicate but sharp, satirical cutting edge.

December 15, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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For a while, anyway, it's very funny.

December 15, 2000
Orlando Sentinel
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Gibson keeps this movie afloat.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

English's attempts to fit The Women into a modern setting are intelligent, but that, unfortunately, does not suffice, because the film is so limp in so many other ways.

November 12, 2008
Los Angeles CityBeat

Mel Gibson is at his most megawatt movie star charming.

October 14, 2007 Full Review Source:

Though it isn't quite Oscar material, Mel Gibson gives what may be the most entertaining big-star performance of its year.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

What Women Want may seem like a one-note sitcom sort of movie, but it's funnier and a layer or two deeper than that.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Takes a promising idea and buries it under subplots and speeches that don't know when to quit.

June 17, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL) there some clause written into [Helen Hunt's] contract that says she must have a scene in which she cries?

February 24, 2003
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The premise for What Women Want sounds like, and is, the dumbest thing going.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Meyers finds exactly the right bubbly tone for the material then wisely steps out of the way to let Gibson and Hunt work their magic.

June 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Lo que ellas quieren es una comedia ligera que narra lo que todos los hombres quisiramos saber: Qu rayos piensan las mujeres?

June 3, 2002

Falha como comédia, como drama e como romance.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

The women are basically innocent victims of male piggishness… The men are all cads.

May 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

What a piece of tripe (no offense to tripe)!

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source:

This brand of empty, mass-marketed entertainment is in need of a serious genre overhaul

February 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Mel Gibson won't rest until you love him as much as he loves himself.

October 10, 2001 Full Review Source:

Nancy Meyers' wry What Women Want is all kinds of better than Nora Ephron's coincidence-laden Meg Ryan comedies...

May 11, 2001
Film Freak Central

certainly funny and entertaining, but it also strikes at some deeper truths about the contemporary state of male-female relationships.

February 27, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

This movie doesn't pretend to be substantial, but it's still just barely passable as light fare.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Un guión inteligente y honesto muestra como ambos lados del universo humano son totalmente diferentes entre sí, complementarios y sumamente complejos

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Moviola

...does not come across as effective as it might have...

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for What Women Want

Unintentionally uncomfortable film that asks we accept the premise that the only real conversation between the sexes can happen when pigs can fly...uhh, I mean when men can read women's minds. Nice chemistry between the leads but; Alan Alda: wasted. Delta Burke: wasted. Marisa Tomei: wasted.
May 28, 2013

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A great romantic comedy!
June 24, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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A clever romantic comedy in which we see Mel Gibson playing Nick Marshall, a chauvenistic advertising executive (a role that is probably close to his real life persona)who takes what he wants and has little regard for the people around him, notably the women. His life is turned upside down when his promotion is snatched from under him by the employment of Darcy Maguire, a smart, attractive female with a reputation that could rival his own.

While trying to adjust to the new woman rule at work, an accident leaves Nick with the abolity to read the minds of all the women he comes into contact with, equipping him with the tools to better control his family, sex and most importantly work life.

An interesting concept that is well executed with a good on screen chemistry between Gibson and Hunt. Another one that falls into the category of 'girls films for guys' and is worth a watch whatever your sex.

"If you know what women want, you can rule! "
January 17, 2011

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    1. Darcy Maguire: Oh, I just looked at his crotch again!
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