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Jersey Girl Reviews

June 23, 2008
The script stoops to cheap gags that undercut Affleck's efforts to sustain a believable character.
March 27, 2004
The grating sense of commercial calculation in Jersey Girl consistently undercuts Smith's fine writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 27, 2004
Inspired by Smith's own awe and amazement at being a father, the movie is modest and entertaining, with a minimum of sentimental goo, and it demands little of us except a good-natured willingness to go with it.
March 26, 2004
The filmmaker drowns his trademark edgy stew of smutty humor, stiff acting and dime-store insight into human nature with a gravy of glutinous bathos, making for a singularly unpalatable dish.
March 26, 2004
This kind of weepy material works in the hands of melodrama masters like Douglas Sirk or Pedro Almodovar. But here, it's over-the-top and it's just horrible.
March 26, 2004
Smith is looking more and more like a developing major talent, so it could be years until we get a handle on this movie's legacy.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 26, 2004
Watching Jersey Girl is akin to being smothered by a basket of warm puppies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 26, 2004
It's saved by an unusually charming child actor: Castro, who has a voice like a pan flute and a sweetly low-key screen presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 26, 2004
Smith is trying to say something heartfelt, even as he's using formulas that are unworthy of him. Thus, Jersey Girl is a step, not a misstep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 26, 2004
Sweet and conventional, with just enough wacky Kevin Smith moments to keep it going.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 26, 2004
Affleck may be a nice man, but he has a seemingly congenital inability to do anything convincingly, which is only made worse by Smith's apparent immunity to cloying sentiment.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
March 26, 2004
This modest little date-movie may feel like a refreshing relief.
March 26, 2004
The writer-director brings nothing new to the shopworn family-vs.-work dilemma.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 26, 2004
Affleck is buried in the cliches of his role, or worse, having to react to the fatuousness of Tyler.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 26, 2004
It's the kind of movie Hugh Grant might make, except for the way Smith has with his dialogue, which is truer and more direct than we expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 26, 2004
This is a very good collection of episodes about the weekly compromises that parents make for their kids and the little dreams that children have for themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 26, 2004
This is [Smith's] first mature work in which he weds his gift for quirky dialogue and humor with genuine feeling and tries to craft a story with broad appeal.
Read More | Original Score: B+
March 26, 2004
I can understand why Smith might want to bid farewell to Jay and Silent Bob, but he needs to find something better with which to advance the cause of maturity in cinema.
Read More | Original Score: D+
March 26, 2004
A small movie with a big star doing some of his most appealing work.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 25, 2004
[Smith's] clerks would never have stocked it; his Amy would never have chased it; even Silent Bob might have found his voice to dump on Jersey Girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 25, 2004
A family-positive movie that's far more interesting than most competition in the genre, but not nearly inventive enough to stand up to Smith's other work.
Read More | Original Score: C+
March 25, 2004
Jersey Girl isn't Smith's best movie, but it is his most heartfelt.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 25, 2004
Overall too bland to hold our interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 25, 2004
An enjoyable slice-of-life drama that offers a couple of hours spent in the company of people whose lives are recognizable from your own.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 25, 2004
Looks like a moviemaker stretching in the wrong direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 25, 2004
Despite all indications that he would make a fun drinking buddy, Ben Affleck, teen idol, Oscar-winning screenwriter, can't act his way out of a paper bag.
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 25, 2004
Kevin Smith has made a movie so false and blatantly icky that it's the film equivalent of making goo-goo noises and chucking a baby under the chin for 103 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 25, 2004
Affleck is modest and engaging, which keeps the movie out of Gigli territory. But it's close.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 25, 2004
Smith's story is like a nightmare amalgam of decades of single-dad sitcoms: mawkish, cloying, and essentially bogus.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 25, 2004
A mess, but forced to carry the rest of this too-saccharine but sometimes amusing film based on the personal experiences of scruffy, offbeat director Kevin Smith, Mr. Affleck has his moments.
March 25, 2004
Although the story is fiction, the emotions are real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 25, 2004
Festooned with bits of stale child-rearing slapstick and mawkish sentimentality, Jersey Girl is the sort of movie well-meaning movie people make when they begin to feel guilty about the level of success they've attained.
March 25, 2004
It's a goopy well, duh of a family drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 25, 2004
It's way too tame for Smith's hardcore fans -- they'll probably hate every minute of it -- and not solid enough to draw new admirers.
March 25, 2004
Big, gooey (but often likable) misfire.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 25, 2004
A treacly mess that recalls Robin Williams in his 'I need a hug' phase.
Read More | Original Score: D-
March 23, 2004
Has characters explain transparent motivations, to convince the gullible that the feelings here are real.
March 22, 2004
Maybe I would have been touched by this film if I had believed in the characters and their situations, but too much feels forced and scripted, the clear product of a writer's keyboard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 22, 2004
Kevin Smith would have made fun of a movie like this ten years ago!
March 17, 2004
Smith stumbles setting up dramatic confrontations and strains credibility a time or two with implausible moments.