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IGN Movies
June 22, 2007
All in all, this flick is sure to make even the staunchest movie-goer reassess his or her notions about date movies. It's a "laugh out loud on more than one occasion" kind of movie full of good writing, good acting and characters you'll become invested in
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 22, 2007
Even if The Ex doesn't always work, on some level you have to respect a summer Hollywood comedy that is daring enough to make you want to see the guy in the wheelchair thrown down the stairs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 19, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stina Chyn
Film Threat
May 15, 2007
The film is superficially a necklace of disparate gags, a dozen comedic scenes organized and tied together via a character or relationship study. A closer look reveals that it achieves more than ninety minutes of sufficiently entertaining laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
May 13, 2007
It's the smart dialogue and plain old darn witty ideas at the core of this film that lift it above the average Hollywood comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 73/100
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 11, 2007
Delayed, re-titled and presumably at least partially re-shot, Jesse Peretz's troubled office-bound romantic comedy The Ex is as half-baked as you'd expect it to be, but the better half -- the office half -- really does cook.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Mohan
May 11, 2007
The real scene-stealer is neighbor kid Wesley (Lucian Maisel), whose burger-eating trick is either an amazing special effect or a true freak of nature.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
May 11, 2007
Braff and Bateman engage in a beautiful comedic, verbal ballet that made me laugh much more than I would have thought I would, given what I knew about the story before watching the film. Both actors display on-target timing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 11, 2007
No year-end awards but boy did I laugh.
| Original Score: 3/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 11, 2007
...there's little doubt that Bateman deserves the lion's share of praise thanks to his scene-stealing work as Tom's hilariously smug nemesis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
May 10, 2007
Talented actors can turn a so-so script into something mildly worthwhile, but come on, they're not miracle workers.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Willie Waffle
May 10, 2007
feels and entertains like a good TV sit-com, especially with the acting talent assembled here, and that shouldn't be taken as an insult.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Caroline Kepnes
E! Online
May 10, 2007
If you're not a fan of either Bateman or Braff, then nothing's going to save this muddled comedy for you. Their sparks are all that keep it going.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 10, 2007
It's conventional, and given the talent involved it could be better. But it isn't half bad, which makes it twice as good as some recent comedy smashes.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 10, 2007
It's smarter and riskier than most comedies, and that counts for a lot.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 10, 2007
Braff and Bateman make this patchwork just funny enough to be worth our trouble.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Ferguson
Orlando Weekly
May 10, 2007
The Ex not only surprises in the consistency and effectiveness of its dark wit, but, more importantly, lets Jason Bateman do most of the comedic heavy lifting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
May 5, 2007
No less than two Ex-men do battle in Jesse Peretz's dog eat dog comedic career brawl The Ex, and it's all about romantic rivalry, office turf wars, and yet another movie along with Waitress, about dining out.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
December 28, 2006
When it works (which is at least half of the time), this antic romp has the off-the-wall, go-for-broke zaniness of that other great modern screwball comedy, David O. Russell's Flirting with Disaster.
Brian Marder
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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