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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 8, 2001
| Original Score: 2/5
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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
The characters are generally too repulsive even for our toleration, much less our affection, and the comedy is too mild to transcend that lack of involvement.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
The movie is as lifeless and unfunny as a corpse on a slab.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Instead of becoming involved in the convoluted plot, we stand on the outside looking in, not laughing enough to make it all worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
It's the easiest kind of comedy, comedy of derision. No joke about the rubes is left alone. And no obvious plot twist is, either.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
All of the main characters in this movie are despicable. This is why they are fun.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: C
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Each idea is good for maybe one and a half funny moments, tops. Add them up, and you may have a halfway-decent sitcom episode but not a movie.
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Sara Wildberger
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
Ends up looking like cut-rate Coen, and it's got an obtrusive soundtrack straight from the heavy-metal bargain bin.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
A visually unattractive picture of meager verve and dynamism.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Kudrow is the film's true manic engine, and her ability to carry off perky amorality propels the preposterous plot forward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
It pretty much squanders the talents of everybody involved.
| Original Score: C
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
Gags hit with sledgehammer heaviness and most of them mock the movie's own characters so relentlessly -- and mirthlessly -- that one winces rather than laughs.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
There's something refreshing about the way it invites us to splash around in its little wading pool of amorality.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 1, 2000
Now I like dumb comedy as much as the next dimwit, but not when the filmmakers condescend to their characters in order to make the audience feel superior.
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January 1, 2000
Travolta and Kudrow make a winning combination, and the result is mindless, instantly forgettable comic fluff that will engage you, given half a chance.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Tells too much story at not enough energy. It should have been cut back and cranked up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Never finds the comic tone it's after.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Clever and diverting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Bob Thomas
Associated Press
January 1, 2000
It's hard to squeeze laughs out of such material, though the talented actors give it their best effort.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
A movie that drips with condescension.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
A dark comedy in the muckraking mode that starts out murderously well but then begins to unravel -- just like Russ' misbegotten schemes.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
[Ephron] seems to condescend to the characters.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
The laughs are few in this inert, ungenerous comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
Ephron ... delivers characters and situations that are lame and oddly condescending.
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Gemma Files
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A roundelay of frenzied action that racks up deal after extortionate deal and body after body while hit after retro hit plays on the soundtrack; sound and fury, pretty much about nothing.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The jokes waft off the screen and pelt the audience with all the force of dust specks.