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Friends With Kids Reviews

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Cath Clarke
Time Out
June 26, 2012
It's safe to assume its sharp comments on what kids can do to marriage - and friendships - come from years of observation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
March 9, 2012
Pleasant but overfamiliar.
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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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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 9, 2012
It's the kind of cutesy idea that doesn't ring remotely true.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
March 9, 2012
This is a sharp, funny, touching and utterly winning slice of New York.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 9, 2012
[A] crass, shallow cash-in.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 9, 2012
Imagine - a romantic comedy that's actually both. It's been a long, long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 9, 2012
Whom is this movie for, really? It's too tame for the whooping crowds of women who made hits of the Sex and the City movies and Bridesmaids. And for sure it isn't for parents with kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 9, 2012
It's funny without being ridiculous, sweet without turning sentimental, even though it involves parenthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 9, 2012
[Westfeldt] makes a promising directorial debut with this good-natured dramedy, boosted in large part by an outstanding ensemble.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 9, 2012
"Friends with Kids" goes on a beat or two too long, and lands in the obvious place, but it's filled with smarts and laughs and passion.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 9, 2012
Credit Westfeldt, who is also the writer and director, with a classic setup for farce, brightly executed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 9, 2012
Too many sequences feel generic, from the unexamined privilege that serves as the movie's cultural backdrop to the now-requisite scene of a man changing a diaper while covered in baby poop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 8, 2012
In the crumbling passion of a once hot-to-trot couple (a perfect Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm), [it] locates a jagged heart that no amount of zingers can surpass.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 8, 2012
It offers the rare combination of romance, humor, an inventive conceit and social relevance, without adhering slavishly to rom-com conventions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 8, 2012
Not even the outcome's predictability (hint: romantic comedies have happy endings) can dampen the frothy results.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 8, 2012
At its warm heart, "Friends with Kids" is a funny, grown-up love story (very grown-up; the language in the final scene will raise some eyebrows) about people we enjoy hanging out with, and who seem like people we already know.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 8, 2012
Westfeldt is the pulse of Friends With Kids, presenting us with life in all of its vibrant, messy sprawl.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
March 8, 2012
Even as it zeros in on radical shifts in the mechanics and mores of parenthood, it sits quite comfortably in a well-worn romantic-comedy groove.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 8, 2012
This movie swerves from fantasy to nightmare. It doesn't feel like the story a wife and mother would volunteer to tell about herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 8, 2012
At least Westfeldt is trying. She tries hard to make this a grown-up version of the romantic-comedy formula, complete with dirty jokes and sex talk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 8, 2012
Like an acquaintance couple's baby pictures, "Friends With Kids" induces coos but isn't as cute as they think.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
March 8, 2012
A smart, sexy and honest ensemble comedy about parenthood and relationship issues with a 24-karat cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
March 8, 2012
I can't think of a better onscreen depiction of the feeling of being forsaken and forgotten by the ultimate clique - parents - than the one in writer/director Jennifer Westfeldt's bright, quick-witted Friends with Kids.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
March 8, 2012
Westfeldt has a tendency to go over the top, and Friends With Kids in particular has a shrill, smug edge that kills the comedy and the drama alike.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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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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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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
March 7, 2012
...the film takes a tonal detour, veering from indie-inflected city comedy with Woody Allen undertones to something reminiscent of the work of Nicole Holofcener.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 7, 2012
The observations about parenthood, pro and con, are quick and smart, and Scott effortlessly steals the show, softening Westfeldt's brittle cuteness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 7, 2012
A funny and emotionally credible story of old college friends who decide to have a baby together while maintaining their single lives.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 7, 2012
Even though Friends With Kids is not a movie everyone will identify with, it fills 107 minutes with enough visual popcorn to keep you satisfied.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 6, 2012
Let's give Westfeldt her due for making this completely hidebound, moralistic and sentimental yarn feel somewhat fresh and contemporary.
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David Fear
Time Out
March 6, 2012
The movie's multitasking creator seems to have bitten off more then she can chew. Her friends should have advised "baby steps."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
March 6, 2012
Just as Friends With Kids compares unfavorably to Westfeldt's earlier effort, her cast members' previous projects further highlight this film's shortcomings.
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Alissa Simon
Variety
March 6, 2012
Although the comic riffs about parenting and alternative families easily rep the pic's sharpest dialogue and strike a chord with more mature audiences, they coexist uneasily with Westfeldt's inclusion of a cruder brand of humor.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
March 6, 2012
Given the title, it's remarkable how little space is granted to the offspring, who are introduced as excretory machines, sex-blocking irritants, and occasional simpering angels, but never as beings unto themselves.
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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
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 5, 2012
Westfeldt, now 42, belongs to a generation (and class) of people for whom nothing about having kids is easy. Her intensity feels just right -- better than in any film I've seen in years -- for How We Breed Now.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
September 12, 2011
A romantic comedy that takes time to find its groove but steadily accumulates heart and humor.