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The Baxter Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 8, 2005
The problem with The Baxter is right there at the center of the movie, and maybe it is unavoidable: Showalter makes too good of a baxter. He deserves to be dumped.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 1, 2005
The more the film stresses and strains to be funny, the unfunnier it gets.
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
September 1, 2005
Writer-director Michael Showalter flirts with a great premise, but his slight love story gets cold feet.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 29, 2005
Provides a few laughs, but only a few.
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
Chris Barsanti
August 22, 2005
promising, quite funny, but ultimately underwhelming
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 17, 2005
Chooses to embrace, rather than transcend via zany bawdiness, the schmaltzy genre within which it's operating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Eric D. Snider
September 14, 2005
Halfway through, the film stops trying to be a parody and simply becomes a romantic-comedy, with all the usual exasperating formalities.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 26, 2005
The only way to even guess that humor is being attempted here is to monitor the comical faces mustered by the actors.
| Original Score: 1/4
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
August 1, 2005
It argues, ironically, that pretty people should only end up with pretty people, and the best we can do is hope that the temp with bad hair will find us equally nerd-hot.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 25, 2005
If there is one real treasure to be found in The Baxter, it is in Justin Theroux's inspired parody of Sebastian Junger...laugh-out-loud funny whenever he's on screen
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 31, 2005
You know, early on, the outcome of The Baxter, but [Justin]Theroux, with a first-rate comedic performance, helps sustain your interest.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
September 14, 2005
A strained affair that screams wannabe from the opening frame.
| Original Score: '2/4'
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 15, 2005
He's a sweet guy, sure, but he has all the romance and personality of a hot-water bottle, and so does the film...
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 24, 2005
Sex doesn't figure into The Baxter, Showalter's strained romantic comedy; exaggerated arrested development does, of a guy kind that congratulates adult men on their dweebishness, assuming that dweebishness is of the hipster Brooklyn variety.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jan Stuart
August 25, 2005
The Baxter is more than a little out of step in a summer peppered with crude or idiosyncratic wallflower romantics.
| Original Score: .5/4
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