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The Dilemma Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 23, 2013
Unsettling and so off tone that we wonder if we are supposed to be laughing at this at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 18, 2011
Shockingly dark, the focus of "The Dilemma" is less about cheap laughs and more about the absurd humor of existential loneliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 14, 2011
Even for an experienced director like Howard, there are just too many problems to get around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 7, 2011
In spite of the talent, The Dilemma misfires
June 7, 2011
Feels like a throwaway effort by everyone involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
May 16, 2011
An intriguing marital dramedy that rides the line between great and awful, often undone by lazy editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
May 1, 2011
...far too sedate and uneven to make a wholeheartedly positive impact on the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 4, 2011
Do you trust this movie to tackle the issue with fairness and brains?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 4, 2011
Surely this balancing act involving both heartbreak and humor will polarize those who would prefer that the film stick to one or the other.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 1, 2011
Some great chemistry between the central duo is undone by a plot that is so frustrating you will want to chew off your arm. It's so frustrating that the ending is a palpable relief.
| Original Score: 2/5
February 11, 2011
The Dilemma is built upon an inherently false premise. In its heart it knows this, so it expends all sorts of energy trying to throw sand in the eyes of viewers, obscuring this fact for the sake of 'zaniness.'
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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