Swimming with Men Reviews

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August 22, 2018
Swimming with Men wants to be The Full Monty, but despite the likeable Brydon and others, it's about as funny as a verruca.
July 9, 2018
Not much in the current film makes sense.
July 9, 2018
The film moves quite easily from bittersweet tones to feel-good larkiness, in jaunty but formulaic style.
July 9, 2018
Parker draws perfectly pitched performances from his well-chosen cast.
July 8, 2018
A more likeable hero might have made us a bit more forgiving.
July 8, 2018
It's easy to lose patience with Eric's particular problems, the result of a lack of self-awareness.
July 6, 2018
Yes, synchronised swimming has finally got the comedy that nobody thought it needed.
July 6, 2018
One can't help but feel it's a missed opportunity - not just to say something of note about masculinity, but to convey the true vagaries of middle age.
July 6, 2018
Unfortunately the jokes did not write themselves, and no one else got round to writing them either.
July 6, 2018
Forget diving straight into the deep end, as this is one of the most shallow comedy experiences in quite some time.
July 6, 2018
It's an unusual misstep for Brydon.
July 5, 2018
Comedian Brydon gains our sympathy as Eric, a bored accountant with a sagging marriage and a growing and inexplicable feeling of panic about his life in suburbia.
July 5, 2018
Even if the script is relentlessly simplistic, hitting all of the usual plot points like clockwork, the characters are so engaging that it's difficult to remain cynical.
July 5, 2018
It isn't as funny as we want it to be but Swimming With Men does eventually deliver the rousing finale that we always know it will.
July 5, 2018
Swimming With Men is let down by slight characterisation, by-the-numbers plotting and heavy-handed jokes that desperately need arm bands. A missed opportunity.
July 5, 2018
Feel-good is declared the winning tone within minutes. The rest of the film is just splashing around in the shallow end.
July 5, 2018
The film is prosaically directed by Parker, and while Brydon can be a wonderful, understated actor, he can't bring depth to Eric because Eric has no depths, and he can't bring life to a script that is neither trenchant nor witty.
July 5, 2018
There's a throwback quality to Swimming with Men, an ensemble Britcom that's near-unthinkable without the success 20 years ago of The Full Monty.
July 5, 2018
Most of the beats are predictable... What gives it depth is that it's loosely based on a true story
July 5, 2018
This film floats, but, like a synchro-swimmer doing the "egg beater" leg movement, it needs a fair bit of strenuous activity to keep it upright.
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