What Women Want Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 4, 2001
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Entertainment Weekly
May 1, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 7, 2001
| Original Score: B-
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Ebert & Roeper
February 7, 2001
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 15, 2000
It should be called What Moviegoers Want, because it appeals to both sexes, without pandering to or demeaning either of them.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 15, 2000
It's a romantic comedy with a distinctly modern, delicate but sharp, satirical cutting edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 15, 2000
For a while, anyway, it's very funny.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
December 15, 2000
[Hunt] elevates what might have been a cute, familiarly plotted movie into a romance with real heart, sweetness and genuine emotion.
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 15, 2000
That the movie is made by a woman who can challenge any male filmmaker on Earth for ham-handed direction connotes some kind of sexual equality.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
December 15, 2000
While Nick comes to appreciate women in all their complexity and depth, the movie is only interested in them as props and tools to aid in his eventual enlightenment.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 15, 2000
What women really want, if we can read the simple mind of What Women Want, is sincerity and honesty, even if you have to fake it.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 15, 2000
Mel Gibson is at his loosest and most playful for much of What Women Want.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 15, 2000
A seductive conceit, a stellar comedic turn, a chance to plow the terrain of sexual politics with humor and intelligence ... What Women Want is a winner.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
December 15, 2000
It introduces us to a kinder, gentler Mel who's not only in touch with his feminine side, but who also widens his fan base considerably in the bargain.
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Wesley Morris
San Francisco Chronicle
December 15, 2000
Only Tomei's thoughts sound like actual thinking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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December 15, 2000
Set your standards on neutral, and enjoy it for exactly what it is -- mindless entertainment that will make you laugh but won't linger in your mind much farther than the theater's parking lot.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
December 15, 2000
We're never able to escape the feeling that we're watching a manufactured object that starts turning insipid just when it was starting to seem scatty.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
December 15, 2000
If you've seen the trailer, you've seen the best jokes in this amusing but too predictable comedy.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 15, 2000
Although What Women Want is being marketed toward women, it does nothing but condescend to them.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 15, 2000
It's not boring and is often very funny, as in a solo dance that Nick does in his apartment, to Frank Sinatra singing 'I Won't Dance.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 14, 2000
Fans of bubbly romances can consider this a thumbs up. I call it a clenched-teeth concession at best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
December 14, 2000
If the movie had the courage to show that women are complex people, it would be a much more inspired picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
December 14, 2000
Meyers' women have precious little on their minds.
| Original Score: 55/100
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 14, 2000
It says a lot about this film that the most moving moment it provides is a Nike commercial for female runners created by the real-life Weiden-Kennedy Agency.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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December 14, 2000
Has some honest laughs, a few touching moments, and a welcome balance between the girls and the boys.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
December 14, 2000
Despite the best efforts of both actors, the attraction between Gibson and Hunt doesn't flare into light.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 14, 2000
Liberates [Gibson] from the confines of an action hero, and he takes full flight.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
December 14, 2000
Delivers on the promise of its playful premise, thanks to some sly gender role reversals and Gibson's willingness to play along.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 14, 2000
If you're in the mood for some well-done fluff -- with some deft performances and bright dialogue -- you could do a lot worse.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 13, 2000
It's most productive to view it for what it is -- a romantic comedy that is as entertaining as it is inconsequential.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 12, 2000
Gibson manages to Mel-evate the material to a crowd-pleasing level.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
December 11, 2000
Gibson seems all but inflated with helium throughout, which contagiously lifts everyone else around him.