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The Back-up Plan Reviews

December 23, 2014
Just as in sitcoms, every conflict and resolution often takes place here within the very same scene.
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D
May 6, 2010
If this is a comeback, let's hope J-Lo's got something else up her sleeve.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 28, 2010
Why call it a movie when it's really more of an extended, cutesy TV episode that ought to come with a laugh track and a vibrator?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 26, 2010
The premise was novel enough that I found it sweet and charming.
April 23, 2010
Lopez does a fine job mortifying herself in pursuit of physical humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 23, 2010
It's no big surprise that Lopez can still get laughs; she has a relaxed way with the camera that has mellowed and ripened over the years.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 23, 2010
To prep for The Back-up Plan, shed all notions of how grown-ups behave in the real world.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 23, 2010
Someone involved in the making of The Back-Up Plan, a not very good and yet painless waste of time, has certainly thought through some life and love questions.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 23, 2010
Why even bother?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 23, 2010
The Back-Up Plan's blunt honesty about the messiness of pregnancy is refreshing. It's a shame that the movie couldn't find a similarly refreshing way to tell its uninspired love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 23, 2010
Lopez, appearing in her first rom-com since Monster-in-Law five years ago, is still a likable screen presence who throws herself into the movie's slapstick sequences with unwarranted enthusiasm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 23, 2010
It shows us Jenny from the Block is still flawlessly beautiful, while proving the theory that Hollywood is working on its last and only idea in the romantic-comedy genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 23, 2010
Lopez works visibly hard to keep things light, while O'Loughlin's flat performance suggests that he's either deeply uncomfortable or just struggling to hide his Australian accent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 23, 2010
No matter how many times director Alan Poul tries lighting the fire, nothing ignites.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 23, 2010
I wouldn't go so far as to recommend this movie, but if you were tied down and forced to watch it, you wouldn't necessarily have to chew off your own leg to get away.
April 23, 2010
The Back-up Plan feels like a movie aimed right at the funny bones of four-year-olds.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 22, 2010
Stan and Zoe's fateful meeting is supposed to be screwball-awkward but instead comes off as skin-crawlingly uncomfortable, and despite the entirely conventional demands of the plot, the duo never seem remotely at ease with each other.
April 22, 2010
A romantic comedy about single motherhood -- or mom-rom-com -- that manages to be both bland and offensive.
April 22, 2010
This sitcom style exercise in planned parenthood is blandly predictable. If it were a cheese, it would be Velveeta.
April 22, 2010
As a romantic comedy, The Back-up Plan is friendly but also a bit drab. Its true subject isn't love so much as the comedy of pregnancy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 22, 2010
Can I just go watch Date Night again? Please? Thanks.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 22, 2010
The film isn't exactly a groundbreaking work of entertainment, but it passes the time engagingly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 22, 2010
What's so disappointing about movies like The Back-up Plan -- which is to say every romantic comedy that's opened in the last two years -- is that they're risk averse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 22, 2010
The Back-up Plan is cutesy and formulaic and has the approximate depth of a cookie sheet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 22, 2010
It's really two movies, one silly and one serious. Too bad neither is particularly compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 22, 2010
Since they get together pretty early, the rest of the movie consists of contrived flare-ups that threaten to keep them apart.
April 22, 2010
Jennifer Lopez's The Back-Up Plan is the most generic of romantic comedies.
April 22, 2010
As romantic comedies go, this is the worst drivel I've seen since Nia Vardalos's I Hate Valentine's Day.
April 22, 2010
The characters are meant to be attractive and likable, but they come off like narcissistic divas.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 22, 2010
Jennifer Lopez has never looked better. That's about all she does here, is look better. She is talented and deserves more than this bird-brained plot about characters who have no relationship to life as it is lived by, you know, actual people.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 21, 2010
It's dramatically vanilla, suffers from sit-com humor tendencies, lacks a compelling romance, and struggles to find a convincing performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 21, 2010
They're treading woefully familiar ground with The Back-Up Plan, a movie that could have used one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 21, 2010
For all the profanity (quite a bit) and sexual sass, this CBS Films product plays even more like a TV movie than its debut project, Extraordinary Measures.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 8, 2010
A winning performance by Jennifer Lopez overcomes a formulaic and predictable rom-com that involves a planned pregnancy.
April 8, 2010
This tepid romantic comedy falls somewhere between a weak sitcom pilot and a second-tier Hallmark movie.