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The Best Man Reviews

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January 1, 2000
Thoroughly routine.
September 18, 2002
When it comes right down to it, The Best Man isn't exciting, it isn't poignant, and the lessons learned in the end aren't particularly worth learning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
Aspires to be something more than it actually is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 1, 2000
Wholly predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
December 2, 2002
In his earnestness Lee forgets that we need engagingly defective objects of mockery for comedy to work and instead falls back on characters who exhibit no demeaning flaws.
January 1, 2000
Badly in need of trimming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
The Best Man is phony on every level.
January 1, 2000
This film oversimplifies the concept of unrequited love, and over-romanticizes the notion of everlasting love.
January 1, 2000
For the most part the actors are forced to ham it up in order to get through cliche-ridden scenes, but a few manage to overcome the burden.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 1, 2000
The first half of the movie, however, lies there like an overturned bus--you wonder how it'll ever get uprighted, but you don't really want to stick around to find out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
Lee's story, which rambles on for a good half-hour longer than is necessary, contains little we haven't already seen dozens of times at the movies.
January 1, 2000
The characters run shallow, and early on everyone stands around looking gorgeous but not doing much.
January 1, 2000
It's all pure, unadulterated fluff, a spin on The Big Chill dressed up with a hugely attractive cast.
Read More | Original Score: 7/10
January 1, 2000
Much of what Lee accomplishes here, however, is undercut by his flaws as a filmmaker -- in particular, his sense of pacing.
June 5, 2002
[The] equivalent of a Rock Hudson/Doris Day comedy, in the worst sense.
October 22, 1999
It's a tribute to the actors' appeal that they can sling this hash and keep our sympathies, but they can't squeeze much drama from pure soap.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 14, 2013
Ultimately when it's all said and done, Best Man remains always a groomsman, never a groom: It backs down on its promise to both challenge and entertain, opting instead for the easy laugh--and the pat ending.
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Every conceivable wedding cliche is in attendance.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
So much for the under-powered plot, from tyro writer/director Malcolm D Lee, to which the tiresome unearthing of nice guy Harper's previous dalliances contributes little.
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