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The Dilemma Reviews

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Donald Munro
Miami Herald
January 28, 2011
As cumbersome and drawn out as a slowly deflating tire, this cinematic collision between Vaughn's celebrated funny-surly persona and Howard's earnest pedigree is a bore -- and a serious miscalculation.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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David Denby
New Yorker
January 24, 2011
Who ever thought that Ron Howard could make a cult film? This movie is a mess, but it's an intelligent and affecting mess.
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Ben Walters
Time Out
January 18, 2011
It lacks faith in its story, characters and audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 18, 2011
Perhaps the late Blake Edwards could have found a balance between slapstick and psychodrama, but Ron Howard can't get the pacing right, and Allan Loeb's script is even wordier than the one he wrote for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
January 16, 2011
Ends with 20 minutes of apologies, a round robin of regret that downshifts the film's sputtering energy into park.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 15, 2011
The filmmakers just don't know what to do about the ladies.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 14, 2011
Bromances being what they are, Vince's sharp pang of disappointment might have been worth pursuing but, Ron Howard being who he is, not a chance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
January 14, 2011
Let's have a toast for Vince Vaughn, shall we?
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 14, 2011
Can we ever truly know someone? Can we even answer the question? Probably not, but The Dilemma gets credit for trying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
January 14, 2011
Torn between establishing itself as a bromantic comedy or a relationship potboiler, the movie meets the requirements of neither. It is unsatisfying in general.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 14, 2011
The script by Allan Loeb careens all over the place without ever coming to rest on anything interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
January 14, 2011
A very poor effort from a talented group of people, this is a terrible movie wrapped in a glossy package.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 14, 2011
The January movie burial ground claims another victim. RIP.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 14, 2011
There's no "Dilemma" here at all - just a simple disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 14, 2011
There is much to say about the love that, except in comedies, dare not speak its name - the kind between straight men. "The Dilemma" says enough of it to be interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 13, 2011
The Dilemma never stops being a movie, and never starts being a good one.
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
January 13, 2011
Dilemma rests on the same structural foundation as episodes of Three's Company, when Mr. Roper thought he heard shenanigans through the kitchen door. A simple conversation would clear things up.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
January 13, 2011
What "The Dilemma" ultimately does best is create a platform for Vaughn to drag that iconic character of his into full-blown adulthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
January 13, 2011
...this is quite a bit more engaging and emotionally challenging than one had much reason to expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
January 13, 2011
The real dilemma in the sadly unfunny "The Dilemma" is that several different movies are going on in director Ron Howard's first nondrama in 11 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 13, 2011
A comedy that seems terrified to acknowledge its darker, more sinister self, it's like an overmedicated patient or an addict in dread of relapse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 13, 2011
What distinguishes The Dilemma ... is its resounding unfunnyness, its emotional dishonesty, and the general unlikability of its cast of characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
January 13, 2011
It's rare for a director as reliably down-the-middle as Ron Howard to let his movies go too far out on a limb, but The Dilemma is a wild ride, thrilling when it isn't a calamity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 13, 2011
The movie is not all that deep, but it does go further than many of its kind in acknowledging the hurt and difficulty that are the deep wellsprings of any comedy worthy of the name.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
January 13, 2011
Good performances in an interesting attempt that ultimately fails. Wrong fit for director Ron Howard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
January 13, 2011
Unfortunately, Ronny and Nick's bromance takes over, and James has neither the comedy chops or wildness to keep up with Vaughn.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 13, 2011
The ugly emotional mess is so respectfully handled that the story resonates far beyond its comic designs.
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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
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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
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
January 12, 2011
"The Dilemma" is never dull, but it's also a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
January 12, 2011
The true dilemma of this misguided seriocomedy lies in the filmmakers' confusion as to whether they're making a side-splitting bromance (nope) or an unsparing, warts-and-all look at screwed-up relationships (sort of).
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 12, 2011
A dark spirit pervades this Vince Vaughn/Kevin James buddy movie that stifles laughter.