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Friends With Kids Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
June 2, 2013
As she did with her first script, the gender-bending 'Kissing Jessica Stein,' Westfeldt goes for something radical and winds up pulling her punches when things start getting interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeff Beck
September 16, 2012
Movies of this genre normally want you to root for the couple to end up together. All this one had me doing was hoping that someone would smack them upside the head and talk some sense into them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 24, 2012
I'd rather have my head stuck in a vise than be forced to sit through another viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Grae Drake
March 16, 2012
I'm not sure what the point of Friends with Kids is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 8, 2012
Just as predictable and contrived as any Hollywood romantic comedy, only without the advantage of amusing comic relief to distract from the thuddingly obvious plotting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 8, 2012
There must be a better reason to have a baby than to provide a plot point in a rom-com. Don't you think?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 9, 2012
Sitcom-amusing, in that middle-of-the-road way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
March 8, 2012
There's a framework for a fun comedy here, but no one says anything witty and none of the characters emerge as anything resembling a real person with bigger problems than the kind of babies-are-a-handful stuff that Erma Bombeck once built a career out of.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 8, 2012
A smooth but frustrating third feature with an extremely good ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 8, 2012
It's shrill in tone, awash in unexamined narcissism-kids are just pretexts for laughs, rather than objects of love-and afflicted by explosive verbal diarrhea.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 11, 2012
It's never a good sign when the supporting cast is the most interesting thing about your movie, but when your supporting cast is almost the entire cast of Bridesmaids (minus Melissa McCarthy), it's almost inevitable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 9, 2012
The 1st 2 acts are rife with such smart humor, it hurts when the last 3rd devolves. If only Westfeldt had managed to keep rom-com convention at bay, she could have birthed a much brighter baby.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 8, 2012
It has moments, but it's more of a drag than the zippy supporting cast would suggest.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Victoria Alexander
March 10, 2012
Westfeldt's sloppy love letter to herself and corralled Hamm's friends to help sell it.
Brian Orndorf
March 7, 2012
Eventually grows unreasonably contrived, leaving the intriguing discomfort of the titular combination behind to work stale romantic comedy moves that would cause even Kate Hudson to dry heave.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
June 6, 2012
There's much to like here but it's a bumpy ride and for all its banter, it takes itself very seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 6, 2012
Westfeldt takes a topic full of complex emotional shadings and turns it into something that is, for the most part, reductive, cliched and even sitcommy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 9, 2012
Friends with Kids doesn't really understand kids very well. It also doesn't understand the friends. This entire world is about Julie and Jason. And even then, their neurosis and emotional entanglements seem a bit too... written.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
June 27, 2012
While this results in some genuine moments of truth, most scenes feel forced to fit the standard rom-com template.
Matt Pais
March 8, 2012
Harry and Sally are tired of this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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