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The Ex Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 21, 2007
Mildly amusing but far too timid.
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Tom Beer
Time Out
May 19, 2007
Though Bateman rolls through the film with sly comic skill, the whole exercise seems half-baked -- a high concept and some funny gags that do not a great comedy make.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Hap Erstein
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 19, 2007
Braff has a natural likability, but the screenplay gives him so many stupid, far-fetched and annoying things to do that The Ex loses credibility quickly.
| Original Score: C-
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
May 16, 2007
What if Zach Braff acted in one more quarter-life-crisis movie, and instead of Sundance it went straight to video? If only that's what had happened to The Ex.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
May 12, 2007
It's good to have Grodin back onscreen after an extended absence; it's just a shame it has to be in this dreary graveyard of wasted opportunities.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 11, 2007
It's really pitiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
May 11, 2007
Depending upon your perspective, The Ex is either too offensive to be funny or too stupid to be offensive.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 11, 2007
It's a pretty twisted concept, bordering on offensive. But mostly it's just not funny.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
May 11, 2007
The Ex is shrill when it means to be irreverent. It's frustrating to see the lead performers squandering their collective talent in a movie that fails to match the fun and pathos of their TV work.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 11, 2007
Like many woeful major studio releases that run under 90 minutes, The Ex seems arbitrarily edited to squeeze in extra screenings before it's killed by word-of-mouth.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 11, 2007
Though there are giggles here and there, the film is inexcusably unfunny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 11, 2007
As it is, The Ex doesn't test your funny bone, only your patience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 11, 2007
Nothing is more of a downer than a movie that trots out a great cast and stumbles; that tries to be cutesy and fails.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 11, 2007
The Ex is extremely, exceptionally, extraordinarily forgettable, just like that stuff on the small screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 11, 2007
It's a comedy with a few good gags, a completely wasted cast and all the signs of a project that has undergone unnecessary emergency surgery.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 11, 2007
Blink and you might miss Mia Farrow, who turns up as Peet's slightly addled mother. She probably should have stayed home.
| Original Score: C-
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
May 11, 2007
So much of comedy is in the timing, though, and The Ex doesn't quite know when to quit. Or at least move on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
May 11, 2007
The next time Grodin attempts a comeback, it would be so great if he avoids movies where he might be upstaged by a sandwich stunt.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
May 10, 2007
A completely forgettable comedy starring Zach Braff and Amanda Peet, The Ex takes a mix of tired scenarios and combines them in a way that makes the nearly 90 minutes feel much longer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 10, 2007
The best jokes in The Ex a scattershot screwball satire of job insecurity, upward mobility, political correctness and yuppie marital tensions, have claws that leave scratches.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 10, 2007
After The Last Kiss and Garden State, not to mention Scrubs (second only to Law and Order when it comes to TV ubiquity), Braff's shtick, his bug-eyed, hangdog, goofy-grin thing, is getting tired.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 10, 2007
Jason Bateman's a blast, but this slack comedy's a bust.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 10, 2007
If you're looking for Braff's most average movie to date, The Ex marks the spot.
| Original Score: 3/5
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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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
May 10, 2007
As it is, we are left to wonder why neither Tom's wife nor anyone working at Chip's office are not able to see through his machinations.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 10, 2007
Jesse Peretz directs, and note how he treats the script (by David Guion and Michael Handelman) in its broadest slapstick elements. Not too well, that's how.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
May 10, 2007
Even likable star Zach Braff can't salvage this clunker.
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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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 10, 2007
It simultaneously feels truncated and interminable, and it grossly wastes the comic talents of Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Donal Logue and Charles Grodin, making his first movie in 13 years.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 10, 2007
A stunningly insipid romance, marks an all-time low for actor Zach Braff -- his Gigli, if you will.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 10, 2007
There's a prescription for making an effective dark comedy: the film must generate equal parts discomfort and laughter. The Ex offers plenty of the former but precious little of the latter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 3, 2007
A half-baked comedy torn between sincere emotion and over-the-top outrageousness.
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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.