The Ex

The Ex

  • PG-13, 1 hr. 24 min.
  • Comedy, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Jesse Peretz
    In Theaters:
    May 11, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 21, 2007
  • The Weinstein Co.
  • The Ex
    2 minutes 17 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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The Ex Reviews

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IGN Movies

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 Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

June 22, 2007
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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 Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 22, 2007

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

May 19, 2007
Stina Chyn
Film Threat

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 Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

May 15, 2007
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

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.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 73/100

May 13, 2007
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 11, 2007
Marc Mohan

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 Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B-

May 11, 2007
Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 11, 2007
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

No year-end awards but boy did I laugh.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 11, 2007
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...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 Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 11, 2007
Eric D. Snider

Talented actors can turn a so-so script into something mildly worthwhile, but come on, they're not miracle workers.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

May 10, 2007
Willie Waffle

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 Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 10, 2007
Caroline Kepnes
E! Online

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 Source: E! Online | Original Score: B

May 10, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 10, 2007
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's smarter and riskier than most comedies, and that counts for a lot.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 10, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Braff and Bateman make this patchwork just funny enough to be worth our trouble.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

May 10, 2007
Jason Ferguson
Orlando Weekly

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 Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 10, 2007
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

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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May 5, 2007
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 28, 2006
Brian Marder

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/5

November 20, 2008
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April 28, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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May 12, 2007
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

Jason Bateman taps into the delicious mean-spiritedness of that show beautifully in this big-screen turn.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

May 11, 2007
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