The Baxter Reviews

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September 20, 2005
With seemingly thousands of romantic comedies to slay, Showalter wound up joining the party instead of peeing in the punch.
September 18, 2005
Conceptually...The Baxter is hobbled, and all Showalter has is his concept.
September 18, 2005
Showalter's Elliot, self-described as the kind of guy who gets hay fever just raking the leaves, never breaks out of the Baxter clich. Frankly, he makes a pretty good case for why the sad sack never gets the girl.
September 17, 2005
The Baxter is a good-hearted romantic comedy that achieves its uncomplicated comic goal of presenting an underdog love story filled with offbeat personalities.
September 16, 2005
Showalter all-too-slavishly follows the lock-step school of formula romance.
September 16, 2005
The Baxter is so ineptly conceived, staged, written and played that you suspect it's part of a psychology experiment to see if people will laugh at anything.
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.
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.
September 16, 2005
The Baxter is a self-conscious one-man show that obliterates the fine line between 'quirky' and 'annoying.'
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...
September 15, 2005
No great shakes, The Baxter nonetheless has a quiet loopiness going for it.
September 15, 2005
While trying really hard to make Elliot a lovable loser, Showalter too often just renders him shrill and annoying.
September 15, 2005
Changeups are commendable and all, but Showalter may be guilty of playing too far from his strengths.
September 14, 2005
A strained affair that screams wannabe from the opening frame.
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.
September 12, 2005
It's a satisfying date movie that can only be improved upon with a gromwell plant (if you don't believe that's a real plant, you can read about it in the dictionary).
September 11, 2005
Starts off promising a new spin on the romantic comedy genre, and then ends up exactly like all the others.
September 9, 2005
Showalter's Elliot Sherman gives 40-year-old virgins a bad name (something Steve Carell has done so much to disprove).
September 8, 2005
Michael Showalter is a funny man, but ... how to put this gently ... not a funny movie star.
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.
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