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The Dilemma Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
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
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
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
Ali Gray
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
Tony Medley
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
Eric D. Snider
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-
Silas Lesnick
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
Neil Pond
American Profile
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
James Luxford
The National (UAE)
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
Michael A. Smith
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
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
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
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
July 7, 2011
In spite of the talent, The Dilemma misfires
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 7, 2011
Feels like a throwaway effort by everyone involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
R. L. Shaffer
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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 1, 2011
...far too sedate and uneven to make a wholeheartedly positive impact on the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Do you trust this movie to tackle the issue with fairness and brains?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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+
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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
Marc Fennell
Triple J
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
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
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-
John Hazelton
Screen International
February 10, 2011
The male leads look comfortable in roles that approximate to their usual comic personas and each deliver chuckle-worthy moments.
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