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Monster-in-Law Reviews

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Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week
June 15, 2005
Forget that boring subplot about getting married. This movie is a no-holds-barred catfight between the world's most psychotic mom and the pop star audiences most love to hate.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 20, 2005
There's a real hunger to Fonda's performance, an anything-can-happen quality that's more exciting than a thousand polished star turns.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
May 16, 2005
In "Monster-in-Law," Jane Fonda emerges from her recent tobacco bath to take on her first movie role in 15 years. The good news? At 67, she's still smoking.
| Original Score: B-
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
May 15, 2005
There's only one reason I'm giving this three stars, and that's Jane Fonda, whose talent is, well, monstrous.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Turner
May 14, 2005
It's finally happened. Jennifer Lopez has finally made a film that doesn't make you want to chew off your own arm inside of about 20 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 13, 2005
Fluff has it's place, and it's awfully good to see feel-the-burn Jane back in action, unrepentant and laughing at herself and the world.
| Original Score: B-
Top Critic
May 13, 2005
Monster-in-Law, is only saved -- by the skin of its teeth -- by co-stars, Jane Fonda and Wanda Sykes.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
May 13, 2005
Sykes is a perfect foil to Fonda's daffy socialite. That the two work together so well is a tribute to their respective skills and professionalism, especially screen newcomer Sykes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
May 13, 2005
Monster-in-Law delivers the most laughs of any comedy since Meet the Fockers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 13, 2005
While there are moments of hilarious nastiness, the film continually opts to play it safe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Willie Waffle
May 12, 2005
Monster-In-Law is an outrageous, slapstick, over-the-top comedy that had me laughing throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
May 12, 2005
Roaring through the film like a California wildfire, Fonda gives a powerhouse comic performance...
Todd Gilchrist
May 12, 2005
Calm and collected, even when going stark-raving mad, Fonda has the veneer of a true movie star and sells her title character through the sheer virtuosity of her performance.
Jeffrey Lyles
Gazette (MD)
May 12, 2005
Fonda and Lopez take a potentially tired concept and give it new life
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
May 12, 2005
The movie could have sunk its claws deeper, but Fonda floors her comeback vehicle and you'd have to go to pre-pop diva days to find Lopez this effortlessly appealing.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
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Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
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David Ansen
November 1, 2007
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
July 29, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
June 7, 2005
Sarah Keenlyside
Georgia Straight
June 4, 2005

Boston Phoenix
May 14, 2005
May 13, 2005
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