As Good as It Gets

Critics Consensus

James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson, doing what they do best, combine smart dialogue and flawless acting to squeeze fresh entertainment value out of the romantic-comedy genre.

85%

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86%

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Jack Nicholson is hilariously funny as a compulsive-obsessive, homophobic romance novelist who is compelled by circumstances to get to know his gay neighbor (Greg Kinnear) and the waitress who puts up with NicholsonÕs abuse over breakfast every morning.

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Cast

Jack Nicholson
as Melvin Udall
Helen Hunt
as Carol Connelly
Greg Kinnear
as Simon Bishop
Cuba Gooding Jr.
as Frank Sachs
Skeet Ulrich
as Vincent
Lawrence Kasdan
as Dr. Green
Harold Ramis
as Dr. Bettes
Jesse James
as Spencer Connelly
Maya Rudolph
as Policewoman
John F. O'Donohue
as Detective Ray
Bibi Osterwald
as Neighbor Woman
Jaffe Cohen
as Partygoer
Alice Vaughn
as Partygoer
Kristi Zea
as Mother at Table
Annie Maginnis Tippe
as Daughter at Table
Patricia Childress
as Cafe 24 Waitress
Rebekah Johnson
as Cafe 24 Waitress
Missi Pyle
as Cafe 24 Waitress
Leslie Stefanson
as Cafe 24 Waitress
Tara Subkoff
as Cafe 24 Waitress
Shane Black
as Cafe 24 Manager
Peter Jacobson
as Man at Table
Lisa Edelstein
as Woman at Table
Stan Bly
as Cafe 24 Customer
Randall Batinkoff
as Carol's Date
Jamie Kennedy
as Street Hustler
Justin Herwick
as Street Hustler
David A. Kipper
as Hospital Doctor
Mary Elizabeth Still
as Nurse Receptionist
Chloe Brooks
as Child at Cafe 24
Cooper Brooks
as Child at Cafe 24
Sharon L. Alexander
as Female Passerby
Holly Denys
as Female Passerby
Alison Rose
as Psychiatric Patient
Kathryn Morris
as Psychiatric Patient
Wood Harris
as Cafe 24 Busboy
Linda Gehringer
as Publisher
Julie Benz
as Receptionist
Kaitlin Hopkins
as Woman in Lobby
Jimmy Workman
as Sean from the Bakery
Danielle Spencer
as Veterinarian
Todd Solondz
as Man on Bus
Tom McGowan
as Maitre D'
Matt Malloy
as Men's Store Salesman
Paul Greenberg
as Bar Waiter
Kirk Ringberg
as Food Waiter
Dave Hawthorne
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for As Good as It Gets

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (21)

  • A sporadically funny romantic comedy with all the dramatic plausibility and tonal consistency of a TV variety show.

    Jul 2, 2008

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • The trouble lies in the rambling narrative, Brooks' cautious direction and the cosy tone which renders the whole thing reminiscent of an extended sitcom.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Romance comedies definitely come better than this, although perhaps not lately.

    Apr 12, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's fun to watch Jack Nicholson draw on great reservoirs of bile to play a mean SOB with an obsessive-compulsive disorder.

    Feb 14, 2001 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • It's a mark of how magically written, directed and acted As Good as It Gets is that we end up loving this film despite knowing how haphazard, scattershot and almost indefinable its charm is.

    Feb 14, 2001 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie succeeds at many moments even while pursuing its doomed grand design.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for As Good as It Gets

  • Mar 26, 2016
    A funny, quotable and immensely entertaining film, As Good As it Gets brings one of Jack Nickelson's best performances and surrounds him with a stellar supporting cast. Not your standard romantic-comedy, that's for sure.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2013
    Anything with Jack Nicholson is destined to be enjoyable, but in "As Good As It Gets" he extends beyond simply embodying his character, Melvin, a short-tempered and socially inept author with zero filter, and takes the role to an entirely new, iconic level. Nicholson is always gruff and intimidating, but tossing on an OCD, anti-social demeanor to his character takes this romantic comedy to Oscar caliber territory. Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear both reach beyond their normal plateaued performances and give true, believable arcs to these characters, drawing you into the story and reflecting the changes that are happening within Melvin. Although too often delving into that sappy word of melodramatic, romantic blase, "As Good As It Gets" projects a veteran star in an impeccable role that proves he still has so much to offer regardless of age.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2013
    Forgive the pun, but "As Good As It Gets" is just about as good (and as unusual) as romantic comedies get. Jack Nicholson (who never seems to give a bad performance) is in his best shape as Melvin Udall, a rude but well-meaning sourpuss with an obssessive-compulsive disorder that takes some getting used to. Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear are also both excellent in their roles and the screenplay by Mark Andrus and James L. Brooks is smart, original and amiable. It's a special, lovable movie.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2013
    As Good as it Gets revolves around three individuals in Manhattan. Melvin (played by Jack Nicholson) a writer who suffers from OCD and puts on an ugly attitude in the morning. Carol (played by Helen Hunt) a Manhattan waitress who has an ill son and has her mother living with her. And Simon (played by Kinnear, who you might know from television) who is a gay painter who has recently been robbed and beaten. Evidently enough they all come together, in none other than a road trip. This is the main problem of this film, it's all so obvious. Just from the opening fifteen minutes and the poster I knew where this was heading. Nicholson and Hunt won Oscars for there performance, and as expected they do there jobs well. The screenplay has plenty of good quotes that are shot at you one after another. I still had many questions about Melvin after this was done though. Was he always like this, is Carol his first love, why does he have a need to act mean? None of these are answered, and while I understand why many find this touching, I didn't get enough out of it. I'm sure romance fans are on there knees when they watch this, but it felt predictable for me.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer

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