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Monster-in-Law Reviews

May 16, 2005
This really plays a like a really bad sitcom from forty years ago.
May 13, 2005
In a movie about diva-to-diva warfare, each diva is miscast.
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
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
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
Back to screenwriting school for somebody.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
The phrase 'chewing the scenery' never made much sense to me (is this a phrase used in normal human conversation? Ever?), but I know it when I see it. And Jane Fonda gnaws it to the bone in Monster-in-Law.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 13, 2005
Turns out Jane has come back to make a 95-minute mother-in-law joke. Scratch that, now I'm exaggerating. A joke is funny. A joke has rhythm and structure and timing and a punch line. This, by all evidence, is no joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: B-
May 13, 2005
Had the script paid more attention to its characters' emotional details, this Monster could have been a ball.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 13, 2005
Monster-in-Law, is only saved -- by the skin of its teeth -- by co-stars, Jane Fonda and Wanda Sykes.
May 13, 2005
Monster-in-Law has a hard enough time justifying its antagonist's monstrosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 13, 2005
The movie promises us a catfight. Instead it gives us mewling kittens.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 13, 2005
Yet another decently made but utterly forgettable comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 13, 2005
A comedy so inconsequential it might not pass muster as a network sitcom.
Read More | Original Score: D+
May 13, 2005
To boost this movie's rating to 'worth seeing' would make me feel like a publicist or simply a dope.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 13, 2005
Monster-in-Law is first and foremost a triumphant comeback for Fonda, whose acting chops complement a presence that puts most of today's stars to shame.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 12, 2005
It repeatedly falls to Fonda to sell the movie's wheezy concept of the mother-in-law as battle-ax. And like any trouper attempting go-for-broke comedy for the first time at her age, she holds nothing back.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
May 12, 2005
Monster-in-Law proves that the once intense Ms. Fonda is capable of laughing at the world in general and herself in particular.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 12, 2005
Lopez is treacly sweet to Fonda and finally attempts some tepid revenge about two-thirds of the way through. But too late: We've lost interest.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 12, 2005
This Monster is ultimately one flat-footed beast.
May 12, 2005
What do socio-economic differences, career discrepancies, basic incompatibilities and a teenage wardrobe on a thirtysomething matter when there are movie tickets to sell?
May 12, 2005
Monster-in-Law fails the Gene Siskel Test: 'Is this film more interesting than a documentary of the same actors having lunch?'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 12, 2005
Monster-in-Law proves two things: Jane Fonda can still act and Jennifer Lopez still can't.
May 12, 2005
A slapstick chick-flick that flirts with a real theme before degenerating into the tale of two women playing sadistic tricks on each other.
May 12, 2005
Jane Fonda returns to the big screen in a comedy so one-dimensional and craven that it makes Meet the Parents look avant-garde.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 12, 2005
Monster-in-Law, where Bridezilla meets Godzilla, is a comedy so anemic, so toxic, that even Dracula wouldn't bite.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 12, 2005
Forgettable fluff.
May 12, 2005
If the screening I attended is anything to go by, this is a gay men's movie whose primary function is to doll Fonda up like a drag queen and let her rip.
May 12, 2005
This shrill, undermotivated, feature-length catfight between Jennifer Lopez's demure prospective bride and Fonda's unhinged prospective mother-in-law makes sure to underline, boldface and exclamation-point every plot turn and line of dialogue.
May 12, 2005
For all the frenzied (and badly staged) I Love Lucy-style slapstick, the movie's core conflict is just a marketing concept, a fluffy showcase of dueling auras with nothing much at stake and nothing really imperiled.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 12, 2005
Why Fonda chose this embarrassing project for her first film in 15 years is, as they say, a puzzlement. She's the best thing in it; at times, it seems she's the only thing in it.
Read More | Original Score: D+
May 12, 2005
This isn't a very smart movie, rattling along as it does in the bright, superficial, meaninglessly expert way of too many modern romantic comedies -- and definitely of too many Jennifer Lopez comedies.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 11, 2005
I know Monster-in-Law is just a slapstick comedy, but is it too much to expect the characters to exhibit routine intelligence?
May 11, 2005
Fonda joins a select sorority of mature, serious actresses made silly by the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 10, 2005
Essentially Meet the Parents redux with Fonda in the scarifying De Niro role.
May 8, 2005
The experience of viewing this movie represents a one-way ticket into tedium and a forced 90-minute imprisonment with Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda, both of whom give performances that can charitably be called cringe-inducing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 6, 2005
A deeply dispiriting movie, not just because it is grindingly bad but because Jane Fonda actually chose this for her comeback after a 15-year absence from the screen.
May 4, 2005
Knockabout comic is just the latest incarnation in Fonda's life so far. Let her rip.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4