Rumor Has It - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Rumor Has It Reviews

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 24, 2006
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 11, 2006
Nothing is remotely believable here.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 5, 2006
I suppose it sounded like a good idea at the time.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
December 27, 2005
A scantily clad premise that would at best have been a light-hearted farce goes in search of a heart-tugging denouement and doesn't find it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 27, 2005
A funny idea, alas, doesn't necessarily make for a funny movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 27, 2005
It fails artistically but also philosophically, in that it rebuts the spirit of the earlier film, while offering nothing attractive in its place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 27, 2005
Becalmed in this ghastly, would-be comedy, Aniston can do little to mitigate its ickiness.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 27, 2005
Seeing [Reiner] work now is like watching Willie Mays hobble around in a Mets uniform during that pathetic final year when he hit .211.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
December 27, 2005
Incest is not the sturdiest foundation on which to build a romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
December 27, 2005
[The film is] rendered in a witless, banal environment that makes the whole thing pointless as it creeps to its oddly conformist conclusions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 27, 2005
Without a plausible story, Rumor Has It has only its performances to get it by, and a very familiar performance -- from Shirley MacLaine, as Beau's still bawdy, one-time seductress -- is the best we get.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 27, 2005
By its final scenes, Rumor has faded into the haze of comforting mediocrity, and I could no longer tell whether the filmmakers wanted to mock Pasadena or move there.
Read More | Original Score: C
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 27, 2005
Nichols' satirically pungent ambitions are reduced to an epiphany about love and marriage -- and an unconvincing one at that.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
December 27, 2005
Hand much of the credit to director Rob Reiner, who consistently hits the right comic notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 27, 2005
A mess -- all high concept, stranded performances, and no laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 27, 2005
The real weak point is Reiner's listless direction, with too few scenes that almost gel and too many that fall flat.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 27, 2005
Jen, poor Jen! Her unfriendly role requires her to act irritable and irritating for most of the footage.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 27, 2005
For awhile, the movie gives off an unsettling vibe, as Sarah sort of flirts with a guy who may be her dad. This is eventually explained, but the film takes one more trip to Ickville before it ends.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
December 27, 2005
[An] easygoing but surprisingly likable comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 27, 2005
An embarrassing romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 22, 2005
Jesus may love Mrs. Robinson more than she will know, but some filmmakers don't seem to, based on their insistence on reviving her for the pallid and plodding Rumor Has It.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 22, 2005
This is not a great movie, but it's very watchable and has some good laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 22, 2005
Buried deep inside this misbegotten comedy is the glimmer of an idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 22, 2005
A jarring amalgam of sitcom goofiness and uncomfortable ooginess.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 22, 2005
The comedy Rumor Has It whispers at being something more than just a diversion, but it never delivers on that potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
December 22, 2005
Rumor Has It doesn't seem to realize who its most interesting character is and spend some time with her. Coo, coo, ca choo, Mrs. Robinson. Here's to you.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 22, 2005
Who comes up with this stuff?
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 22, 2005
[The film] entails a less-than-shattering insight about love and marriage, of interest only in that it inadvertently reveals just how fearful and reactionary we've grown about both since Benjamin and Elaine first got on that bus.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 22, 2005
Aniston hasn't had a great 2005.
Read More | Original Score: D
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 21, 2005
The film's few high points are outweighed and outnumbered by sequences that don't work and cast choices that should have been re-thought.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
December 21, 2005
Rumor had it this was gonna be a stinker, and it is.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
December 19, 2005
It devolves into a bland romance spiced with too little comedy.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 19, 2005
It's really funny, true stuff.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 16, 2005
The movie never gets enough comic traction to take off into what it apparently wants to be: a personal odyssey of self-discovery mixed in with an examination of a genuine American movie classic.