The Switch Reviews

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July 24, 2019
The Switch is packaged as a romantic comedy, but it's neither romantic nor comic. It's one of those movies that's trying to be cheerful but is secretly dour and misanthropic. It's like being stuck on a bad date with Jennifer Aniston...
August 23, 2018
While Aniston gets stuck playing an undercooked neurotic cipher, Bateman knocks it out of the park with his physical clowning and easy-breezy bonding scenes with newcomer Thomas Robinson.
September 23, 2012
This might have worked better as a television episode or a short film, but as a feature, it's merely another one of those overly-long films where the audience must wait around in silence for the same conclusion we've seen countless times.
July 3, 2012
A conventional yet entertaining romantic comedy...
December 13, 2011
Bateman and Aniston are fine but don't have any real chemistry together, whilst the direction is flat and rather uninteresting. It has the occasional good moment, but "The Switch" fails to push any buttons. Or, indeed, pull any switches.
August 30, 2011
despite a novel plot device, The Switch is a disappointingly formulaic film and at times quite soulless.
August 15, 2011
A misjudged lightness of tone and a predictable structure neuter the neuroticism and strange maliciousness of this Jennifer Aniston/Jason Bateman rom-com.
April 1, 2011
Despite a strong cast and technical specs, The Switch remains another easily disposable entertainment built out of the rubble of a promising literary prospect.
January 31, 2011
You have to overlook a whole lot of guff in order to enjoy the slight but pleasurable entertainment of The Switch.
October 8, 2010
Directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck find some heart and wit in the screenplay, and they draw a strong performance from Bateman, whos funny and sympathetic as the lovelorn Wally.
October 1, 2010
I would describe this movie first as sweet, then as funny - though the funny is definitely present, either dry and sly, or big and farcical. It's definitely a movie worth checking out.
September 9, 2010
Another week, another Jennifer Aniston rom-com. This one's passable, but saddled with a problematic central plot device.
September 7, 2010
Aniston still has a winning way with a comic line although it is really Bateman who carries the film, yet even his understated performance is consistently upstaged by young Robinson.
September 6, 2010
As pleasant as a daylight stroll across Central Park in the summer.
September 5, 2010
On some level, Wally is acting out on his deep feelings, and what he's doing to his "friend" is a violation of her dignity not far removed from rape.
September 3, 2010
One of the main problems here is that there is zero chemistry between the two leads -- and we're not given any real reason to root for them to get together.
September 2, 2010
Let down by inconsistent characterisation and finally ending in gloopy sentimentality and silliness.
September 2, 2010
Aniston has wasted herself on some pretty thankless roles recently, but she is exactly right for this movie.
September 2, 2010
It strains to portray a progressive modern woman, but Aniston's role is the weakest link.
September 2, 2010
There's an interesting story in there somewhere about nature and nurture, and the pros and cons of being clever or merely good-looking.
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