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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 15, 2004
The moments between the characters are absolutely full. It's a pleasure to watch such consummate professionals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 8, 2004
Ms. Keaton projects her wondrously warm personality, and the erstwhile Jake Gittes keeps us entertained with a sense of irony that keeps things from getting too sticky.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 18, 2003
A comedy of manners (and mannerisms) with two of the most mannered movie stars of our time, Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson, acting all over the place until you surrender with the ecstasy of pure pleasure.
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December 15, 2003
The movie itself reveals nothing, but it's entertaining.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
December 13, 2003
Something's Gotta Give is exactly the kind of 'adult' dreck that you'd expect to see on Broadway.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 12, 2003
In a rare -- if not entirely convincing -- bow to older audiences, Something's Gotta Give teams Nicholson with Diane Keaton in a romantic comedy that's funnier than it is trenchant.
| Original Score: B
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 12, 2003
The film Meyers has fashioned is generally quite amusing, with a brilliant cast.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 12, 2003
Meyers's movie is too well done to call it anything but good entertainment.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 12, 2003
There's a lot of pleasure in watching seasoned pros like Nicholson and Keaton do their pas de deux of late-blooming romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 12, 2003
As a valentine to Keaton -- and a rare romantic comedy in which both leads need glasses to see what time it is -- it provides some long-overdue pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 12, 2003
Keaton nails every laugh and nuance in this tart, terrific romantic comedy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 12, 2003
Nicholson and Keaton do what they can to compensate for the script's weaknesses, which is actually quite a bit. Even without age-specific dialogue to help them out, they manage to suggest a strong connection between their characters.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
December 12, 2003
It's about time the mature woman got the romantic upper hand, making Something's Gotta Give a long time coming.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 12, 2003
While the film won't drive you delirious with suspense about where it's going, the journey is pleasant enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
December 12, 2003
This contrived fantasy has a few funny moments, but the wish-fulfillment factor is its draw.
| Original Score: C+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 12, 2003
A well-felt celebration of romantic, emotional and physical maturity, filled with laughs and tears. It's also something of a revelation when it comes to Diane Keaton's range.
| Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 12, 2003
As dazzlingly enjoyable as it is deeply intelligent.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 12, 2003
[Keaton and Nicholson] bring so much experience, knowledge and humor to their characters that the film works in ways the screenplay might not have even hoped for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 12, 2003
Doesn't America's 50-and-fabulous set deserve better than a movie this superficial and pandering?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 12, 2003
A romance comedy of the type favoured by writer-director Nancy Meyers, who, from her script for Private Benjamin to her remakes of Father of the Bride, has never met a laugh she couldn't reduce to a formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
December 11, 2003
Unchallenging fluff.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 11, 2003
The problems lie not in the movie's ideas or casting, but in the sitcom-like screenplay employed by writer/director Nancy Meyers, and in the inability of the filmmakers to cut the movie down to a reasonable length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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USA Today
December 11, 2003
Without Nicholson and Keaton, the movie would be fair. With them, it's one of the few good romantic comedies this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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December 11, 2003
Sharp, witty, and deep-down funny, Something's Gotta Give is one of the best adult romantic comedies of the year -- or the last few years, for that matter.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
December 11, 2003
Both stars clock in considerably north of 50, and their romantic fumblings are consequently more fun to watch than anything that has ever happened to Brittany Murphy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 11, 2003
Mr. Nicholson has the gentlemanly grace to step aside and let Ms. Keaton claim the movie. She in turn brings out the best in everyone around her.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 11, 2003
Stumbles in miscalculating how far it needs to go to make this particular romance convincing when, as another romantic comedy character put it, it had us from hello.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 11, 2003
The movie's effectiveness boils down to Ms. Keaton. You cheer for her when she laughs. You sympathize with her when she weeps. And when she does both at the same time, you realize how completely human her character is.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 11, 2003
A film for adults and about adults, a charming, touching story that explores a romantic relationship not between a Maxim girl and the latest hunk, but two people eligible for subscriptions to Modern Maturity magazine.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 11, 2003
A textbook example of how star power alone can sometimes shore up a rickety vehicle.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 11, 2003
Keaton overcomes the convenience and contrivances of Meyers' script to bring out the best in the predictable scenario, not to mention in Nicholson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 11, 2003
With the likes of Nicholson, Keaton, Reeves and Peet -- and a fleeting, funny few minutes with McDormand -- Something's Gotta Give is never less than entertaining.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 11, 2003
All the romantic comedy cues are firmly in place, buttressed by none of the substance.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 11, 2003
Nicholson, with his swagger and cunning, and Keaton, with her nerves and off-kilter timing, show us why the old-style romantic comedies worked and why they can work just as well in an age of sexual candor.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 11, 2003
Something's Gotta Give can be formulaic, but watching the incandescent Nicholson and Keaton, all loose and funny and sharing jokes about reading glasses, is a rare treat.
| Original Score: B
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 10, 2003
It's really no more than a coy wish list for all the women who ever wanted to bring Jack Nicholson to heel.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 9, 2003
A standard-issue bog of glossy idiocy and audience disrespect.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 8, 2003
Nicholson and Keaton each deliver rich and big comedic performances as two smart and interesting people who are so obviously right for each other -- if only they could overcome their respective problems.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
December 5, 2003
Slapdash.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 5, 2003
A fluffy but funny menopausal chick flick.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 4, 2003
But really, seriously, what woman wouldn't want to be Keaton, all sexy, funny, tender, quick, and never more charismatic in her animated access to her own feelings? And what man, of any age, wouldn't want to be with her?
Full Review | Original Score: B+