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The Heartbreak Kid Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 18, 2008
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 12, 2008
If The Heartbreak Kid doesn't go totally wrong, its big problem is that doesn't really go anywhere. It just sort of lies there, like dumb Lila on the beach, waiting to turn gold.
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David Fear
Time Out
January 18, 2008
The original's premise has been stripped of anything to do with upward mobility, and except for one shot involving a Prince Albert, the Farrellys' signature shock humor is largely absent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 10, 2007
[A] hit-or-miss, not-as-bad-as-you've-heard remake of the 1972 minor classic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 8, 2007
It just falls flat, flat, flat.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 6, 2007
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 5, 2007
Gratingly unfunny, mean-spirited Farrelly brothers flick.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 5, 2007
Though not as engaging as Knocked Up, there is enough humor to keeps us entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 5, 2007
Strip away the appalling gross-out gags and you'd be left with a movie worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
October 5, 2007
[It] won't get any prizes for its nuanced examination of the human heart. But it is straightforward and honest about the absurd, if sometimes defensible, price of placing desire above reason. It is also, yes, extremely funny at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
October 5, 2007
It's funny in spots if you can tune out the Farrellys' ultra-crass jokes -- along with any memory of the first movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 5, 2007
The Heartbreak Kid, while not without its share of tiny, ephemeral pleasures, is a surprisingly flat and unamusing comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 5, 2007
While the film needs the put-upon Ben Stiller of Flirting With Disaster or There's Something About Mary, it instead gets the recently emerged, more manic version of Stiller, who immediately throws the humor out of balance.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 5, 2007
The new version doesn't have any of the ethnic nuance or black-comic nastiness of the earlier one, and the Farrellys miss the opportunity to add their own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 5, 2007
The Farrelly Brothers have jumped the orifice.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 5, 2007
In some ways, the Farrelly brothers' remake of The Heartbreak Kid is better than Elaine May's 1972 comedy. In other ways, not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 5, 2007
There's nothing in The Heartbreak Kid that can compare to, say, the hair gel bit from Mary. But there's something to be said for a comedy that derives its laughs the old-fashioned way.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 5, 2007
The Farrelly brothers blow all the good will accumulated in the first half of the movie by taking the humor deeper and deeper into Tedious Cad Land, where Stiller's self-obsessed, nattering guyishness turns pathological and strange.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 5, 2007
There are some good laughs to be found here, but you'll need patience to extract them from the filler.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
October 5, 2007
The Farrellys, who with There's Something About Mary helped lay the groundwork for the mixture of raunchiness and heart that Judd Apatow has perfected, seem painfully dated here.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 5, 2007
Peter and Bobby Farrelly make a half-hearted attempt to reclaim the arena of raunch with their remake of the 1972 comedy The Heartbreak Kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 5, 2007
A squirmy miscalculation of tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 5, 2007
This remake is ultimately content to be repugnant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
October 5, 2007
Supplies the laughs, but the heart is missing.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
October 5, 2007
The film's best moment by far comes from Eddie's under-the-thumb buddy Mac (Rob Corddry), who advises that the key to a healthy marriage is to 'plaster on a smile and wait patiently for the sweet embrace of death'.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 5, 2007
This hit-and-miss attempt by the Farrelly brothers to up their own ante on crude smacks of comic desperation.
| Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 5, 2007
[The Farrelly Brothers'] squeamish, childish fascination with bodily ickiness, when crossed with the iffy sexual politics of the original, yields a comic vision remarkable for its hysterical misogyny.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 4, 2007
If I were in movie hell, I'd rather see Good Luck Chuck again than return to this atrocity.
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
October 4, 2007
A grim, shrill, deluded and incredibly depressing movie, so bewilderingly mean-spirited that the trademark Farrelly Brothers gross-out scenes feel like the sweetest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 4, 2007
Eddie comes off not as a beleaguered Everyman, but a heedless, dishonest knob.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 4, 2007
The Farrellys' un-PC blend of sex, obscenity, and slapstick comes across as cruel this time because the brothers reduce a very human situation to a series of gross gags.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 4, 2007
The Farrellys manage to have their cake and scarf it down, disgustingly, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
October 4, 2007
Consistently full of laugh-out-loud moments. The sight gags are outrageous, the story is genuinely involving and the whole movie has a bit of sweetness to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
October 4, 2007
[The Farrelly Brothers] have taken what was a minor classic and annihilated everything that was funny about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
October 4, 2007
Peter and Bobby Farrelly's take on the 1972 Neil Simon-Elaine May original is not nearly as funny as you'd like for a movie that reunites them with There's Something About Mary star Ben Stiller in another gross-out romance.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 4, 2007
For the Farrelly brothers, topping the slapstick and gross-out comedy of their lowbrow hits such as Dumb & Dumber and There's Something About Mary was never going to be easy. But in The Heartbreak Kid, they have outdone themselves.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 4, 2007
Monaghan's comic timing saves this go-nowhere affair from 100 percent lousiness, and I couldn't really tell you why; she doesn't earn any laughs, exactly; there are none, but she's charming and she makes tiny bits of a stuporous flop slightly less grim.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 4, 2007
Like much of the Farrellys' work, there's no soul to what might very well be a Something About Mary sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 4, 2007
For all its lapses in grace and pacing, The Heartbreak Kid somehow manages to wear away resistance with the simple charms exhibited by its cast, including Akerman, whose sportsmanship is above and beyond the call of duty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 2, 2007
Farrelly brothers films are looking better and better, but aren't nearly as funny as their grungy early films that hit with the stealth and vigor of guerrilla commandos.
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
September 10, 2007
Uproarious romp, grounded in believable if gleefully implausible human behavior, is a model of comic timing.