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The Baxter Reviews

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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.
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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
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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
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Dallas Morning News
September 24, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 16, 2005
Showalter all-too-slavishly follows the lock-step school of formula romance.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 16, 2005
Mildly cute while thoroughly forgettable, the chief achievement of The Baxter is it serves to remind viewers how thoroughly adorable Michelle Williams can be, even in something this inconsequential.
| Original Score: C
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 16, 2005
The Baxter has many of the ingredients of a good-natured indie date movie. But when the lead performance isn't one of them, it gets difficult to recommend.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
September 16, 2005
The Baxter is a self-conscious one-man show that obliterates the fine line between 'quirky' and 'annoying.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 15, 2005
No great shakes, The Baxter nonetheless has a quiet loopiness going for it.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 15, 2005
While trying really hard to make Elliot a lovable loser, Showalter too often just renders him shrill and annoying.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
September 8, 2005
Michael Showalter is a funny man, but ... how to put this gently ... not a funny movie star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
September 1, 2005
A tender love story and a dead-on lampoon of the genre, but its main drawback is that Showalter is egregiously miscast in the title role.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 26, 2005
If [Showalter's] acting is misjudged, his direction is merely uninspired.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
August 26, 2005
There are enough laughs in it if you're willing to settle.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Variety
August 25, 2005
Showalter pushes too far: Nerdiness, after all, can be only so attractive.
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Dana Stevens
New York Times
August 25, 2005
A Baxter of a movie: well meaning and mildly likable, but unlikely to sweep you off your feet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 25, 2005
Savvy viewers will see through this pastiche of shopworn goods.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
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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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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Ed Park
Village Voice
August 23, 2005
The Baxter nods to better-behaved comedies of the past.