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Monster-in-Law Reviews

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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 16, 2005
This really plays a like a really bad sitcom from forty years ago.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 13, 2005
In a movie about diva-to-diva warfare, each diva is miscast.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 13, 2005
Monster-in-Law is a comedy without laughs and a catfight without claws.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2005
Back to screenwriting school for somebody.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 13, 2005
Poor Jennifer Lopez. Despite star billing, she is but a spectator at Fonda's fireworks show.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
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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-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 13, 2005
Had the script paid more attention to its characters' emotional details, this Monster could have been a ball.
| Original Score: 2/4
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May 13, 2005
Monster-in-Law, is only saved -- by the skin of its teeth -- by co-stars, Jane Fonda and Wanda Sykes.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 13, 2005
Monster-in-Law has a hard enough time justifying its antagonist's monstrosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 13, 2005
The movie promises us a catfight. Instead it gives us mewling kittens.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 13, 2005
Yet another decently made but utterly forgettable comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 13, 2005
A comedy so inconsequential it might not pass muster as a network sitcom.
| Original Score: D+
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 12, 2005
This Monster is ultimately one flat-footed beast.
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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?
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 12, 2005
Monster-in-Law proves two things: Jane Fonda can still act and Jennifer Lopez still can't.
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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.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 12, 2005
Monster-in-Law, where Bridezilla meets Godzilla, is a comedy so anemic, so toxic, that even Dracula wouldn't bite.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 12, 2005
Forgettable fluff.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.
| Original Score: D+
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
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?
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 11, 2005
Fonda joins a select sorority of mature, serious actresses made silly by the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
May 10, 2005
Essentially Meet the Parents redux with Fonda in the scarifying De Niro role.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 4, 2005
Knockabout comic is just the latest incarnation in Fonda's life so far. Let her rip.
| Original Score: 3/4