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Monster-in-Law Reviews

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May 13, 2005
It takes awhile for `Monster-In-Law' to bare its teeth, but once the movie does...everything on the screen begins to click.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 13, 2005
Fonda and Sykes are made for each other, and their incessant bickering and arguing are about the only things that give Monster-in-Law any life.
May 13, 2005
Fonda, who returned to movies after a 15-year absence only to find herself facedown in a plate of tripe, handles her on-screen humiliation with considerable grace.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
May 13, 2005
Trust me, Monster-in-Law not only makes more sense as an Unforgiven-ish parable of old-school Hollywood feminism's wrath, it's worlds more fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 13, 2005
In any case, the news here is not the movie but the movie star. Jane Fonda is back, and let's hope the movies can figure out how to plant her somewhere she can flourish.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 13, 2005
Monster-in-Law is a comedy without laughs and a catfight without claws.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 13, 2005
It's a crude, obvious comedy, which occasionally clunks, but it's often very funny, as well as being a really shrewd bit of popular entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 13, 2005
[Sykes] can get a little nasty for the sake of a joke - something Lopez and Fonda, protective of their images, aren't willing to do.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 13, 2005
If Fonda is partly suited to her role, Jennifer Lopez is not at all suited to hers.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 13, 2005
Fonda dives headlong into the comic mayhem of her role, and yet maintains the style and grace and gravitas of a major Hollywood diva.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
May 13, 2005
Like Knott's Landing gone Defcon Five, with Fonda and Lopez in a Mega-Diva Catfight that involves such estro-centric issues as dress sizes and china patterns.
Read More | Original Score: C
May 13, 2005
Back to screenwriting school for somebody.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 13, 2005
Monster-in-Law isn't a particularly good movie if what interests you is the art of film -- cinematography, editing, screenwriting, staging, little things like that.
Read More | Original Score: B-
May 13, 2005
Jane Fonda came back from the dead, and Jennifer Lopez came back from Gigli to make the new comedy Monster-in-Law.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 13, 2005
Poor Jennifer Lopez. Despite star billing, she is but a spectator at Fonda's fireworks show.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 13, 2005
It's a one-joke movie, but we keep laughing because of the way the stars keep telling the joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 13, 2005
It's a perfect comeback vehicle for a 67-year-old actress -- light, safe, undemanding and sure-to-be commercial. It is also a fairly tedious, stupid picture, but you can't have everything.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 13, 2005
It lacks the meanness and vulgarity of much modern comedy (good) but fails to replace it with any meaningful insight or satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 13, 2005
Without movie stars in the lead roles, these characters would be insufferably dull (in other words, they'd all be as vanilla as Vartan), and director Robert Luketic knows it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 13, 2005
Granted, Monster-in-Law is meant to be a laugh-fest, but it stoops very low and is too unkind to its actors in its pursuit of laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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