Maid in Manhattan - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Maid in Manhattan Reviews

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February 18, 2003
The bizarre casting sets the tone for a romantic comedy which mistakes asinine for amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
February 17, 2003
Lopez doesn't do anything out of the ordinary. In fact, it looks like she may have simply cloned the same expressions she put on in her other successful romantic comedy, The Wedding Planner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 13, 2003
Not so much a movie as a collection of career moves.
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
January 13, 2003
Love may have been in the air onscreen, but I certainly wasn't feeling any of it.
| Original Score: 2.5 / 5
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
January 8, 2003
As a romantic comedy it stands out amongst its peers. The critical attacks hurled on it, like those on its star, seem mostly unwarranted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Wilonsky
Dallas Observer
January 8, 2003
Comes not from a screenplay but from a handful of self-help books and fairy tales and fashion magazines cut and pasted together in a glossy montage committed to celluloid.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
January 7, 2003
During a movie season filled with dark, heavy, and sometimes brilliant Oscar-bait, it's kind of nice to get an unassuming little picture that only wants to put a smile on your face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kim Linekin
eye WEEKLY
January 6, 2003
Calculated fluff that hinges on a couple of gross miscalculations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 5, 2003
What's here will satisfy fans of the leads but without laughs and little romance -- this doesn't exactly fit the mold of solid entertainment in this genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
December 27, 2002
'it's better to go in knowing full well what's going to happen, but willing to let the earnestness of its execution and skill of its cast take you down a familiar road with a few twists. Cynics need not apply.'
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
December 23, 2002
The film embraces the fantasy wherein the working class Latina might crash the world of wealthy white folks, bodaciously, on her own terms, and with some education to offer.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
December 21, 2002
Each time the story threatens to stall, Wang turns the audience's attention to Lopez and Fiennes, a couple of enormously attractive actors who truly seem fascinated by each other.
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
December 20, 2002
Director Wayne Wang proves with Maid in Manhattan that even predictable movies can leave you feeling warm and fuzzy.
| Original Score: 3/4
D.K. Holm
DVDTalk.com
December 19, 2002
Maid in Manhattan handles well one of the most difficult components of the romantic comedy, the contrived Trial Separation.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 19, 2002
Maid in Manhattan never pretends to be more than it is: a pretty movie about pretty people in pretty surroundings falling in love -- and on those terms, it's not a bad night at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Gilchrist
Billings Outpost (Montana)
December 18, 2002
Manhattan is nothing more than a trite Christmas present from Lopez. This film seemed to last longer than some of her relationships.
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
December 17, 2002
Problem is, there really isn't any dialogue here that suggests that Marisa is truly sassy, or charming, or candid, or that the would-be senator is either brilliant or senatorial, or that her accent-less son is not simply on loan from Hogwarts.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
December 17, 2002
It's the sweet Cinderella story that "Pretty Woman" wanted to be.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 17, 2002
The film works largely through its cannily assembled cast.
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
December 16, 2002
The car battery of romantic comedies: 'Carefully calibrated for maximum manipulative effect.'
| Original Score: 2/4
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