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Because I Said So Reviews

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 17, 2007
A desperate comedy whose frequently acute insights into tense, but loving mother-daughter relationships is constantly hamstrung by ill-advised forays into physical humor and too much reliance on Diane Keaton's mania.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
February 17, 2007
I've been giving it a great deal of thought and come to the conclusion that the squandering of Diane Keaton's screen legacy is without parallel in the annals of cinema.
| Original Score: 1/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 16, 2007
Laughter is largely absent from this sorry, shrieking mess.
Nick Curtis
London Evening Standard
February 16, 2007
Treats women like idiots and men like inflatable sex toys.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
February 16, 2007
At one point Daphne warns Milly, "You're going to end up like some pathetic character in a Tennessee Williams play." If ever a film could have used a character from a Tennessee Williams play, it's this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
February 16, 2007
There's a special circle of hell reserved for whoever thought up the moment where Macht tells Moore she smells like "cake batter".
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Johnny Vaughan
The Sun (UK)
February 16, 2007
If there's a worse screenplay in 2007 than this offering from Karen Leigh Hopkins and Jessie Nelson, it'll be written in crayon.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Anna Smith
Film4
February 16, 2007
A bit like the 'Friends' episode in which Phoebe has to choose between two men, only with Diane Keaton, and fewer laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 15, 2007
Just a few years ago, Keaton played a character who was sexy, funny and intelligent in Something's Gotta Give. This one's more like Something Gave Out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
February 15, 2007
A shocking embarrassment for all concerned, this is a badly written, badly acted and poorly directed mess from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Total Film
February 14, 2007
If you're a mother or a daughter some of it may resonate, but how apt that this painful, toothless farce was originally dreamt up at the dentist...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
February 14, 2007
A bog standard all-girls-together comedy with a decent cast and less impressive characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 13, 2007
Towards the end, the spectacle of Milly faking an orgasm for her mother's edification is, frankly, enough to kill anyone's hopes of romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
February 12, 2007
Some of the nonsense could be overlooked as part of rom com conventions, but Because I Said So's shrillness makes for an exhausting experience.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
February 11, 2007
...the writers and director go out of their way to make [Diane Keaton] look ridiculous, pathetic and stupid...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 10, 2007
On screen or in real life, meddling moms don't get more neurotically ebullient than Diane Keaton's dessert maven in the regrettable 'Because I Said So.'
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
February 10, 2007
Everyone here is a caricature, and the gaps are papered over with hyperactive shtick. I haven't seen so many cakes dropped or smashed since I Love Lucy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
February 10, 2007
A movie that's so bad, it's actually painful to sit through.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online
February 9, 2007
Lehmann manages to give his characters a little bit more personality than is the norm in such movies, but he doesn't bother to hide the contrived paces he puts them through.
| Original Score: C
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 9, 2007
Because I Said So's biggest sin is that it treats its characters like idiots, with Keaton's Daphne leading the charge. [She's] a woman who apparently makes her living by baking the occasional cake, most of which land on the sidewalk or in her face.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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