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Second Act Reviews

March 4, 2019
There are lots of very obvious plot points, that you know where everything is going to play out, but you kind of go along with it because we're comfortable seeing her in this role.
March 3, 2019
Here's the quickie review: Good cast, nearly hopeless script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 24, 2019
A truly terrible Working Girl knock-off...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 21, 2018
The film feels as finely tailored to J. Lo as the booty-enhancing pencil skirts she wears throughout the movie: Second Act's Maya from Queens is our Jenny from the Block.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2018
So much of the humor and so many of the situations in "Second Act" feel like warmed-over Second Helpings of a dinner from long ago. A dinner that wasn't all that memorable in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 21, 2018
Even the boundless charms of Jennifer Lopez cannot overcome a mess of a script in Second Act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 21, 2018
Eating a wad of raw cookie dough is satisfying, but it might also make you sick. That's how "Second Act" is.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 20, 2018
When the contrivances get too much in this 'Working Girl' for millennials, just watch take-charge, live-wire Jenny from the block deliver miles of smiles. Sometimes star power is its own reward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 20, 2018
The movie is all over the place and there is no attempt to weave it into a coherent whole - which is regrettable as scene for scene it often works.
December 20, 2018
It's a pleasant enough diversion, helped along immensely by Lopez's warm screen presence and by a first-rate Sassy Best Friend performance by Leah Remini.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 20, 2018
The movie frankly feels like three stories in one -- without fully servicing any of them -- but skates by, barely, on the strength of Lopez's charm and some amusing supporting players.
December 20, 2018
If only the world saw street smarts as equal to book smarts, Maya wishes on her birthday. It's a nice idea, but Second Act doesn't possess smarts in either category.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 20, 2018
Through each storyline pivot, the focus is lost, and it never reclaims any footing it may have had in the first place.
December 20, 2018
Second Act never recovers from its big reveal, a cataclysmic (and nearly catastrophic) piece of narrative nuttiness that derails every scene, every performance, every subsequent revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
December 20, 2018
Second Act has nothing to recommend it, even as a temporary refuge from traffic gridlock.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
December 20, 2018
To its credit, it remains fairly watchable even as it veers around wildly in tone. Yet Second Act also proves that all-in-one products have their downsides.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 20, 2018
Lopez still has her magic touch, but this semiromantic comedy doesn't do her justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 20, 2018
It's clear this movie is for a certain audience, but at least the film embraces its genre and the jokes stick the landing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 20, 2018
It's got flow, a certain knowing ticky-tackiness about its own contrivances. You know you're watching a connect-the-dots comedy, but the dots sparkle.
December 20, 2018
[Lopez is] nothing if not a woman who knows her brand... and Second Act is perfectly tailored to it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 20, 2018
The film seems destined to survive all future nuclear winters, enduring as a time capsule of humanity at its most pitiably pedestrian.
December 20, 2018
It sends so many mixed messages over the course of its 104 minutes that it probably succeeds in its true goal: to give off the general patina of something that could ostensibly be all things to all women.
December 19, 2018
This is Jenny from the blah.
December 19, 2018
To accept "Second Act" in the spirit in which it's given is to admit that, as a conveyor belt for delivering Jennifer Lopez, it's not bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 6, 2018
The film even has something to say, at least glancingly, about class prejudice in the real world, although in true Hollywood fashion the message is paradoxical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5