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In the Land of Women Reviews

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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 21, 2007
Is it too early to call for a moratorium on earnest comedy-dramas about overly sensitive, hyper-verbal young men working through emotional crises by having deep, meaningful conversations with manic pixie dream-girls?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 21, 2007
A movie with one awkward identity crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Beer
Time Out
April 21, 2007
The screenplay by Kasdan is soggy with earnest clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 20, 2007
The film belongs to Brody, an endearing screen presence.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
April 20, 2007
This potentially saccharine weepy has an authentic ring, thanks to Jon Kasdan's script and a cast capable of delivering clever lines that sound just about right for whatever situation they're in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 20, 2007
In the Land of Women is a pretty enough place to visit (particularly the design-mag interiors of Ryan's character's home, all precisely coordinated to match her eyes), but as a movie it appears to have nothing to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 20, 2007
Brody's apparent ease in his own skin and his skills as a listener make Carter an engaging fellow and make it understandable why, as soon as he moves to town, people start confiding in him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 20, 2007
One of those films in formed by intimate personal experience -- the experience of seeing Garden State.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 20, 2007
The meek, mopey comedy In the Land of Women is the film equivalent of a sensitive emo band with one foot in alternative rock and the other in the squishy pop mainstream: a softer, fuzzier Garden State.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 20, 2007
There may be no logical answers, but even so, this trip to Kasdan's land of women ends up being more of a good idea than a bad one.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 20, 2007
Why make a garrulous movie about people in crisis if Olympia Dukakis winds up muzzled? Of all the troubled gabbers in Kasdan's film, the prickliest and most proficient is wasted in a few brief scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 20, 2007
With dialogue that is often precious though occasionally thoughtful, Kasdan has made a film that's not bad, just irritating.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 20, 2007
A sincere, smart and modest movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 20, 2007
Kasdan, who also wrote the screenplay, allows a fairly large variety of problems to accrue.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 20, 2007
Kasdan is the son of director Lawrence Kasdan. So while he should know better, he can be forgiven his many rookie errors. Why? Because in creating Carter and getting nuanced work from Brody, he has shown promise.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
April 20, 2007
Lip-locking lapses aside, Carter's relationships with Sarah and with Lucy are rooted in the sharing of ideas and dreams and disappointments and fears.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 20, 2007
No one is conniving or desperate enough for the movie to become a decent melodrama. And the conversations are too stale to culminate in interesting romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 19, 2007
The O.C. may be over, but Adam Brody isn't.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 19, 2007
The film belongs to Brody, irritating and endearing and relatable in ways that actors rarely are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 19, 2007
It's the kind of production that's pleasant to watch because it allows viewers to spend some time with believable characters who face 'regular' problems, but do so without becoming boring or overly familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2007
Writer-director Kasdan has made the best film he can make now, which is no small thing. He will make even better ones in the future, which might be a very big thing indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Luke Sader
Hollywood Reporter
April 19, 2007
With an age-old cinema theme of a young man's maturation, it also needs to land female ticket-buyers but seems a lot like something women could find at home on the WE channel.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 19, 2007
His ostensible profession is writing soft-core porn, but he really wants to be a serious novelist. If so, the life experiences he gains in this soppy, schematic weepie won't help much.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 19, 2007
An admirable first effort and likely to be enjoyed by women who wouldn't mind meeting that good-looking, self-effacing young man, and men who may be under the illusion that they in some way resemble him.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
April 19, 2007
It can't decide on a tone, so it jars the viewer from one moment to another.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 19, 2007
The whole mess feels like a television pilot that was never picked up.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 19, 2007
These are purely movie creatures -- entities that may, in fact, arise from pods and exist only in relation to other movies and movie creatures.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
April 19, 2007
Kasdan has made a winning if overly pat first feature notable for its keen ear, its preference for character over plot and its refreshing modesty.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 19, 2007
What matters here aren't the narrative events, so much as the movie's emotional textures.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 19, 2007
It's a wistfully humorous romantic weeper with emphasis on the humorous.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 19, 2007
In the Land of Women doesn't for a moment feel messy and chaotic where it counts.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 19, 2007
This comedy drama is capably acted and undeniably touching in spots, although less than two weeks after seeing it, I can remember having been undeniably touched but not much else.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 19, 2007
It feels like Kasdan has piled one event on top of another on top of another, as opposed to building a believable story arc.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 19, 2007
The movie is shot well -- especially for a first-timer. But after a while the semi-realized, semi-familiar story line weighs it down, as do the loads and loads of talk.
Read More | Original Score: C
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 18, 2007
In the Land of Women combines hugs and ''pain'' and dialogue so fakey-cute it makes your ears hurt.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 18, 2007
it is amazing to discover just how much this absorbing, intelligent picture has going for it: a strong sense of time and place, interesting characters, painfully sincere direction and an intriguing scenario that pauses and breathes in all the right places
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Jessica Grose
Village Voice
April 17, 2007
Without all the soppy plot devices, the Land of Women might have been someplace worth visiting.
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Justin Chang
Variety
May 22, 2006
An appealingly scruffy if overly programmatic drama.