The Dilemma Reviews

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November 30, 2020
Masks much of its laugh-out-loud funniness with dark humor, subtle jests, and highly serious drama.
September 6, 2020
One can see hints of the brilliant dark comedy this film could have been.
July 13, 2020
Prepare to be annoyed by endless sports metaphors, but hey, at least there's Clint Howard in the obligatory weird-little-man role he has in all of his brother's films, so there's that.
August 25, 2017
To its credit, The Dilemma treats the complicated tensions and sadnesses and joys of relationships with far more nuance than most modern comedies.
June 30, 2013
Lacking any great surprises, this story meanders along trying to prolong the dilemma for as long as possible.
January 23, 2013
Unsettling and so off tone that we wonder if we are supposed to be laughing at this at all.
September 28, 2012
The Dilemma is quite enjoyable until its characters stop behaving like rational adults and start acting like they've just realised they've got a film to finish.
November 18, 2011
It deals with a serious issue of problems in a marriage, but it does so in such an ignorant, clumsy, sophomoric way with a sexist point of view that it loses any value, either morally or in terms of entertainment.
November 18, 2011
The man who grew up on sitcoms and then made agreeable diversions like Splash and Parenthood seems to have lost his comedic touch.
November 18, 2011
Shockingly dark, the focus of "The Dilemma" is less about cheap laughs and more about the absurd humor of existential loneliness.
September 9, 2011
Director Ron Howard, usually a surer touch behind the camera, seems out of his element here, unable to bring anything into clear comedic focus.
September 1, 2011
The story may wander, and bears none of Howard's usual hallmarks, but the talent involved ensures The Dilemma offers more than just your average date movie.
August 16, 2011
This film is familiar territory to director Howard ("Parenthood") but, as always, he finds a way to get the right performances from his actors...
July 14, 2011
Even for an experienced director like Howard, there are just too many problems to get around.
July 7, 2011
In spite of the talent, The Dilemma misfires
June 7, 2011
Feels like a throwaway effort by everyone involved.
May 16, 2011
An intriguing marital dramedy that rides the line between great and awful, often undone by lazy editing.
May 1, 2011
...far too sedate and uneven to make a wholeheartedly positive impact on the viewer.
April 4, 2011
Do you trust this movie to tackle the issue with fairness and brains?
March 9, 2011
The Dilemma requires a director willing to indulge the dark comedy to its fullest. One name that style doesn't bring to mind for the job is Ron Howard.
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