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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
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
Conor Mills
Little White Lies
January 20, 2011
Junk-food cinema in its most elementary form. If you're lucky you'll have forgotten everything about this film by the time you leave the building.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Fletcher
FILMINK (Australia)
January 12, 2011
The problem is that, like its primary characters, the film itself is emotionally damaged, trying too hard to be likeable and coming across too serious and dysfunctional for its own good.
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
January 13, 2011
Ostensibly a comedy, this movie can't quite decide what it wants to be when it grows up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
January 14, 2011
While Vaughn proves he's still got the fast-talking bravado that makes him so bewilderingly watchable, neither his quick wit nor his chemistry with Kevin James can transform "The Dilemma" into the gold standard of buddy comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Newall
Flicks.co.nz
January 16, 2011
It's safe and boring
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anne Thompson
Thompson on Hollywood
January 13, 2011
How are the mighty fallen...unavoidably second-rate...a likable guy goes completely bonkers, and it isn't funny...Tatum charmingly steals his scenes with Vaughn, revealing how limited the actor is...Definitely aimed at males, the movie is quite misogynistic.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 12, 2011
Heads toward easy jokes and easier sentiment, with a side of painful product placement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
January 14, 2011
Howard tries desperately to balance the comedy against the screenplay's tense domestic melodrama ... and mostly fails.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
January 31, 2011
Hollywood gloss will paper over a few of The Dilemma's problems but you'll leave the cinema more feeling indifferent than anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 14, 2011
Mediocrity hangs thick around The Dilemma, like a fog hugging a beach.
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
January 20, 2011
It's just a failure, full stop.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 12, 2011
Among Howard's infrequent misfires, this is one of the most disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 13, 2011
The jokes, when and where they can be found, are puerile, and continually give Vaughn the movie-star catbird seat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
January 21, 2011
Yes, there are a handful of interesting insights into friendship but when the film aims for funny it falls flat and the faltering romance between Vaughn and Connelly is never developed nearly enough to make us care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Lynden Barber
The Australian
January 21, 2011
Vaughan's behaviour is so crass and silly as to lack credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
January 15, 2011
I realize it's only January, but The Dilemma is already in the running for worst movie of the year. It will be a hard one to top. Or bottom.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Donald Munro
Eye for Film
January 24, 2011
Conversations about relationships and business are couched in the language of American sport: game seven; playoffs; red zones; end zones; sports stars; ice hockey. Is this the only way men can talk to each other?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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