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The Baxter Reviews

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Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 6, 2010
The performers are fresh and offbeat, with the diminutive Peter Dinklage (Elf, The Station Agent) especially funny as a gay wedding planner named Benson Hedges.
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
July 19, 2007
A droll romantic comedy that relies on a self-deprecating brand of humor which must be a bit of an acquired taste. The film's utter predictably sinks this exercise in obviousms, making its few funny moments not worth waiting for.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
March 15, 2006
Showalter cria um filme exatamente como seu protagonista: desajeitadamente simpático e divertido.
| Original Score: 4/5
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 21, 2005
What comes to mind are TV sitcom pilots full of strain, and the forlornly perky mechanisms of old Day & Hudson comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
September 30, 2005
Clearly the filmmakers are trying to make The Baxter look old-fashioned. But there's a modern smugness and superiority that undermines that attempt.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 30, 2005
It doesn't take much imagination to guess who will end up with whom, but The Baxter is agreeably silly and has lots of simple charm.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 30, 2005
Every romantic-comedy cliché gets played out, but merely re-enacting those clichés in an arch tone isn't funny enough.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 29, 2005
Showalter tackles his mission with energy and an upbeat attitude that makes him a winner as a lovable loser.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 29, 2005
The structure is a miscalculation by Showalter, who inexplicably drives his audience through the exact type of sappy material he had started off satirizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 25, 2005
Perhaps it's only just that a movie about a loser should be a loser itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
James Verniere
Boston Herald
September 24, 2005
Unlike Woody Allen's nebbishes, who are always the smartest and funniest people on the screen, Elliot is a bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 24, 2005
Only when Williams is around does the movie seem human, true, and funny: Even in her slapstick there's pain. She's almost too good: It's not until she's left a scene that you realize the movie isn't working.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 24, 2005
Anyone who's seen a few romantic comedies, the older the better, will find something to like about The Baxter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 23, 2005
Is this enough on which to hang a full-fledged movie that people will pay to see? Probably not ...
| Original Score: B
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
September 23, 2005
The biggest failing of The Baxter is that the humor is often just too obscure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 23, 2005
Think of "The Baxter" as "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dumped."
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
September 22, 2005
There are enough laughs that those who enjoyed The 40-Year-Old Virgin might want to take The Baxter for a whirl.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 22, 2005
The movie is like an extremely faithful cover version of a song you like -- it adds nothing new, so what's the point?
| Original Score: 2/4
Erik Childress
September 20, 2005
With seemingly thousands of romantic comedies to slay, Showalter wound up joining the party instead of peeing in the punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
September 18, 2005
Conceptually...The Baxter is hobbled, and all Showalter has is his concept.
| Original Score: 1/4
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