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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Romance comedies definitely come better than this, although perhaps not lately.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 14, 2001
It's fun to watch Jack Nicholson draw on great reservoirs of bile to play a mean SOB with an obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Part of the appeal of this comedy is that Melvin's transformation never gets sappy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The film is hugely entertaining.
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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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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Hunt delivers one of the year's most appealing performances as a Brooklyn single mother.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
I'd go to As Good as It Gets and not worry too much about its structural ungainliness.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A lovely act of cinematic evolution from confusion to enlightenment.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Urbane, alert, funny, compassionate.
| Original Score: 4/4
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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.
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A fairy-tale heartwarmer.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Wicked, but it works.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Film.com
January 1, 2000
An actor's movie full of little pleasures, with a few unexpected sparks.
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Mary Brennan
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Utterly false, like all sitcoms, but that's not necessarily a terrible thing.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
An almost-convincing imaginary universe.
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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
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
One of the year's best.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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