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Yes Man (2008)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 152
Fresh: 69 | Rotten: 83

Jim Carrey's comic convulsions are the only bright spots in this otherwise dim and predictable comedy.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 21

Jim Carrey's comic convulsions are the only bright spots in this otherwise dim and predictable comedy.



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Carl Allen's life is going nowhere--the operative word being "no"--until he signs up for a self-help program based on one simple covenant: say yes to everything--and anything. Unleashing the power of "YES" begins to transform Carl's life in amazing and unexpected ways, getting him promoted at work and opening the door to a new romance. But, his willingness to embrace every opportunity might just become too much of a good thing.



Nicholas Stoller, Jarrad Paul, Andrew Mogel

Apr 7, 2009


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All Critics (152) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (69) | Rotten (83) | DVD (6)

I think this movie needs to be skipped.

December 22, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (2)
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Contrived and silly to say the least.

December 22, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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It's a small, nice return to form by Jim Carrey.

December 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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The first time I saw Yes Man, I thought the concept was getting kind of stale toward the end. As it turns out, that was only the trailer.

December 19, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (5)
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If you own the superior Liar Liar, you might as well stay home and watch it again. When Hollywood can't be both-ered to come up with new ideas, we have every right to just say no.

December 19, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comments (2)
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There are flat performances in the film, false situations and bad lines, but the laughs are there and the message about personal transformation is timeless.

December 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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As self-help comedy, the movie is no more overdetermined than its own highbrow counterpart, Happy-Go-Lucky.

October 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

It's a decent enough time-killer for Carrey fans and those after something light and non-taxing after a heavy Christmas Day feast.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

I have to admit that it was pretty funny a lot of the time.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

As much as I try to convince myself I'm tired of Jim Carrey, darn it, he almost always amuses me.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

A ready-made Christmas-time crowd-pleaser that pretty much plays it safe, even in its cruder moments, and will be in circulation on cable soon enough.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Mr. Carrey's performance is a return to the rubber-faced roles that dominated multiplexes in the mid- to late '90s, and that's not necessarily a good thing.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Yes Man is proof that reverse psychology works; No, it's not worth seeing because, no, it's not that funny.

August 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex

The benefits of grounding comedy in reality are never-ending, and Yes Man takes advantage of most of them. Peyton Reed is officially one of my favorite comic directors.

May 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinerina

[The] lip service to the dark side of 'yes,' but don't do enough to explore what could have made the film more than a bouncy entertainment. [Blu-ray]

May 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

...Jim Carrey's most entertaining comedy since 1997's Liar Liar...

May 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

I found myself having a few pleasant chuckles but still frustrated at the movie for not bothering with telling a story that hasn't already been told a million times before.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

A film that has little plot until the last act, yet Carrey rises above it to bring it to an acceptable level.

April 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Views

...a pleasant surprise: a romantic comedy that is cute, amiable, and winning without being excessively tedious, saccharine, or gross.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

we won't be awarding points for originality, but sometimes the familiar can be just fine

March 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Sean the Movie Guy

Sporadically funny, mostly amusing and harmless.

January 31, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Peyton Reed peca por jamais conseguir definir o tom que pretende empregar.

January 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Jim Carrey's career has succumbed to painfully mediocre comedies and genre missteps for so long that "Yes Man" barely registers even as you're watching it.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source:

The most even-keeled, pleasant and mainstream movie Jim Carrey has made in many a moon.

January 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Comment (1)
Sydney Morning Herald

Numbingly predictable and not as filled with action as the misleading poster suggests.

January 8, 2009 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

It's charming enough with some nice comedy touches, but the initially intriguing premise is soon railroaded out of sight by its desire to conform to a tried-and-tested cinematic formula.

January 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Yes Man

Jim Carrey is, of course, hilarious in his customary physical humor, but not much that he does here is enough to compensate for gags that are mostly poorly conceived or just ridiculous, not to mention a plot that borders on complete implausibility and is all about artificial conflicts.
June 24, 2014

Super Reviewer

Not the best... interesting idea for a comedy, but Jim Carrey is just too hammy in it and it lacks substance and feels shorter than it is. A few mild laughs and a few gross scenes too (such as the old lady).
Zooey is worth watching, but she's done better movies.
I've read the book it's based on and it's seriously nothing like it.
June 13, 2014

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three stars
December 6, 2012
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An easy and fun watch that isn't stupid which is great considering Carrey's lead role. Both Carrey and Deschanel give great performances and it has some cool funny moments that make you feel great come the end.
November 2, 2012

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    1. Carl Allen: Look at my necklace! It glows in the dark. You can't see it right now. Unless you do this. [covers his face with his hands]
    – Submitted by Domenica D (20 months ago)
    1. Carl Allen: [pop-up add reads] Do I want to increase the size of my Penis? Like I needed that! [clicks yes]
    – Submitted by Chad L (20 months ago)
    1. Norman: All aboard the Hogwarts Express, next stop Azkaban!
    – Submitted by Jacob M (22 months ago)
    1. Carl Allen: [hyperactive] I never had a Red Bull before, but last night I had had a Red Bull, now I really Like Red Bull.
    2. Allison: Yeah, you seem a little hyper.
    3. Carl Allen: Hey! After we jog, we should GET a Red Bull!
    4. Allison: Yeah, that'd be-
    5. Carl Allen: [cutting her off] Red Bull. Red Bull.
    – Submitted by David G (24 months ago)
    1. Carl Allen: No means no.
    – Submitted by Evan T (2 years ago)
    1. Allison: Have you met my friend Ian? He's a computer hacker. He helped me erase your MySpace page, and your band's MySpace page, and your FaceBook page. Happy networking asshole!
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
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