• PG-13, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Sam Weisman
    In Theaters:
    Jun 1, 2001 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 1, 2002
  • MGM

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What's the Worst That Could Happen? Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The stars have no edge to their performances and Worst never comes close to becoming 'best.'

June 1, 2001
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Has too many characters, not enough plot, and a disconnect between the two stars' acting styles.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

June 1, 2001
James Berardinelli
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An uninvolving bore -- a caper comedy that replaces humor and cleverness with tedium and stupidity.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 31, 2001
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

There is an overall slackness and an underlying cynicism that takes this outside of the category of mindless fun and makes it uncomfortably distasteful.

| Original Score: 2/5

May 31, 2001
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Uncomfortably distasteful at times.

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

December 29, 2010
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

It's hard to imagine that a movie with this cast could come up with so few solid laughs.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 55/100

January 31, 2002
Chris Barsanti

The film is fun enough to pass the time, but with a cast like this, you want more than competence.

Full Review Source: Citysearch

May 31, 2001
Eric D. Snider

A dishonest comedy in which far too many of the jokes are based on faulty premises.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C+

June 1, 2001
Victoria Alexander

A mediocre comedy.

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May 30, 2001
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Now and then sputters to comic life but more usually wheezes along.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/5

June 1, 2001
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Bumbles along from scene to scene without developing any suspense or comic momentum.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

June 4, 2001
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Unlikely to inspire rioting at the box office, unless it's by people demanding their money back.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

June 1, 2001
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

Full Review Source: Blunt Review | Original Score: 2/4

June 4, 2001
Bob Bloom

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

Even Lawrence's comedic talent can't overcome a sense of narrative futility.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

May 30, 2001
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It simply isn't that funny or clever. For a comedy, that's about the worst that could happen.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C-

May 31, 2001
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

The film isn't just lightweight, it's weightless. You don't forget it two minutes later; you forget it before it's over.

| Original Score: 4/10

January 18, 2002
David N. Butterworth

This, that's what.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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Packed with gratuitous dumb moments.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

May 31, 2001
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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What's the worst that could happen? This witless mess of a farce starring Martin Lawrence and Danny DeVito, that's what.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News

May 31, 2001
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 3, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 21, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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August 9, 2002
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November 23, 2001
Jason Anderson
June 11, 2001
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 20, 2003

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March 24, 2002

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