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Baby Mama Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2008
Baby Mama adheres fairly closely to the conventions of the studio comedy, although it's never actually predictable, probably because the characters and subject matter are so novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 30, 2008
Although the big picture itself gets mushy, the small moments, especially involving Fey, are sharp.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 28, 2008
Enough laughs for me to recommend.
April 25, 2008
Baby Mama is hilarious. I could quote its awesome one-liners out of context for diminishing returns. It's also smart. The jokes are cribbed from the anxiety list of anyone who's spent too much time reading the New York Times Style section.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 25, 2008
It's clumsy, not cute, an amateur show that's eager to amuse by any means.
April 25, 2008
Yes, the film doesn't offer many surprises and grows soft and predictable by its conclusion. But it does avoid the sappy sentimentality of the genre. The movie -- and its lead actresses -- charms us more than we might expect.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 25, 2008
I'm not making claims that Baby Mama transcends the format's routine progressions -- opposites not only attract, they learn from each other -- only that, within these conventions, the movie is smart, funny and beguiling.
April 25, 2008
Baby Mama ultimately gives in to sweetness, but it has some deliciously tart moments along the way.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 25, 2008
It's a movie that deals in emotion and attempts to pass counterfeit goods. There's nothing there... . And yet by the deprived standards of the modern romantic comedy, one would have to say, well, it's not bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 25, 2008
Baby Mama is formulaic, but this broad odd-couple girl comedy has the advantage of knowing what it is.
April 25, 2008
In the end, despite some complications, it successfully gives birth to a very happy event: The arrival of Tina Fey, movie star.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 25, 2008
In a pleasing contrast to Fey's sharpness, Poehler keeps her performance unpredictable and fuzzy. In this just-add-water comedy, a very funny movie star is born.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 25, 2008
Neither Tina Fey nor Amy Poehler, former Saturday Night Live colleagues, has a compelling big-screen presence. And as a team they're no Martin and Lewis. Still, their lightweight double act passes the time agreeably.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 25, 2008
Baby Mama is just amusing enough to provoke a few chuckles and just short enough to keep you from glancing at your watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 25, 2008
The funny, felicitous Baby Mama exploits every stage of pregnancy except the first. No hanky-panky to bump this plot in motion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 25, 2008
Baby Mama offers ample evidence that Fey and Poehler are more than ready for prime-time screen gigs. Let's hope they team again for a comedy that delivers all that it promises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 25, 2008
It's not that Baby Mama is an outright bad movie. It's just so thoroughly typical, a one-note, odd-couple, laff-lite film featuring two Saturday Night Live veterans that reminds you of so many other dashed-together SNL vet films.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 25, 2008
The appealing Fey and nutty Poehler make sure Baby Mama dramas comes leavened with laughs.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 25, 2008
A really funny, surprisingly smart and genuinely sweet comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 25, 2008
The pregnancy-movie craze shows no signs of abating, but not all bellies are created equal. Baby Mama is a disservice to Tina Fey, who is at her best playing characters who are whip-smart.
April 25, 2008
One of the funniest movies to be released so far this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 25, 2008
The movie was written and directed by a man, Michael McCullers. But it cuts out the obligatory middleman and lets two women make us laugh, often very hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 25, 2008
This new comedy is what you could call a surrogate comedy with familiar Saturday Night Live jokes implanted in a generic Baby Boom script.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 25, 2008
The new comedy Baby Mama never comes fully to term, as it were.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 24, 2008
Baby Mama doesn't have a plot so much as a series of contrivances that play out completely as expected.
Read More | Original Score: C+
April 24, 2008
The script favors routine Odd Couple gags over the sort of comic contemplation of motherhood a writer like Fey might have brought to the subject.
April 24, 2008
Every moment of this project feels beat-driven, focus-grouped and designed to package Fey as a viable movie star with great pins (as one character takes pains to note) to go with the breasts (ditto). This isn't writing, it's advertising.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 24, 2008
[Writer/director] McCullers takes all the loose plot strands and ties them in a neat knot and cuts it, as an obstetrician might a newborn's umbilicus. Still, I left with a smile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 24, 2008
There are a couple of minor surprises and enough laughs and truisms floating around the supporting cast to make this an easy comedy to watch.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 24, 2008
Audiences alive to the modest charms of its take on female friendship will be rewarded with at least a few quiet chuckles.
April 24, 2008
The most disappointing movie of the year so far.
April 24, 2008
What may be the first real outsourcing comedy, Baby Mama is like a pacifier: floppy, nourishment-free and may even keep your teeth from growing in straight.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 24, 2008
The humor outweighs the holes in the story, Fey and Poehler look to be a comedy team built to last -- let's hope so -- and those who find Judd Apatow's comedies lacking in decent female roles have found their film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 24, 2008
There's nothing terribly wrong with Baby Mama but it's probably better suited for viewing on television, where many of the participants cut their teeth. This is small screen stuff masquerading as something bigger.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 23, 2008
Mommy culture, with its capacity for smugness and solipsism, seems like a ripe topic for parody, but Baby Mama approaches it with kid gloves.
April 23, 2008
A Saturday Night Live sketch stretched a good hour past its breaking point of no return.
April 23, 2008
With virtually nothing in the way of visual or physical comedy, there are more chuckles here than belly laughs, and most of them are delivered by the supporting cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 23, 2008
Even if the picture is softer than it needs to be, it still resists devolving into something warm and squishy.
April 21, 2008
There are gags and scraps of action that give the movie fits of buoyancy, and these tend to come not so much from the younger, eager performers as from the old hands.
April 21, 2008
A tailor-made girls' night out movie, Baby Mama is a tidily wrapped package the contents of which you can easily guess before opening it.
April 21, 2008
Not quite a bouncing bundle of joy but still serves up plenty of kicky comedy.