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Todd McCarthy
July 2, 2008
A sporadically funny romantic comedy with all the dramatic plausibility and tonal consistency of a TV variety show.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The trouble lies in the rambling narrative, Brooks' cautious direction and the cosy tone which renders the whole thing reminiscent of an extended sitcom.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Perhaps, though, it is Carol's (and Hunt's) ongoing commitment to emotional honesty and fair play that make it increasingly difficult to ignore the film's encroaching patterns of sentimentality and uninspired developments.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
It should be retitled "How Good It Couldn't Be."
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kristian M. Lin
January 1, 2000
As welcome as it is to have Helen Hunt starring in a romantic comedy, she's wrong for this part.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 9, 2006
An inflated TV show by a sitcom creator.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
There are some funny and charming lines, but the film is overlong and it rambles a bit.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
Nicholson struggles for the core of the man but never gets it; so, in most scenes, he resorts to working his face, with grimaces and sneering smiles and lip-pursings in place of acting.
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
The dialogue is intermittently clever, the situations preposterous and/or sentimental.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
January 1, 2000
This movie was a nice try.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
There's not a whole lot of story here to prop up the constant emotional yanking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Funny, but not a light comedy for youngsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2005
...a precariously balanced movie, one that flirts with smugness. That it isn't awful is in some respects amazing.
| Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie succeeds at many moments even while pursuing its doomed grand design.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
By the time we leave the theater, the warmth of love has melted the coldest heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
A solid contender this holiday season.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
December 30, 2006
Not only one of the best romantic comedies of the year, but one of the best films in ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
The film is watchable, but tepid.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
How [Brooks] emerged an abler artist is worth puzzling over; I suspect it has something to do with sheer instinct triumphing over industry machinery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 11, 2002
This is Jack at his best, the kind of role that makes him a star. He gets to bear his teeth, take control of a room, and be devilishly cuddly at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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