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The Switch Reviews

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
You have to overlook a whole lot of guff in order to enjoy the slight but pleasurable entertainment of The Switch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
September 1, 2010
There's much to enjoy, if not quite enough to disguise the film's essential awkwardness in trying to cover too many bases.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
August 24, 2010
Sorry tabloid readers. At no time does Jennifer 'Womb Watch' Aniston growl, "Take that, Brad."
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 20, 2010
There aren't enough surprises to justify the title, but The Switch produces sufficient light for a late-summer diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 20, 2010
The comedy itself suffers from awkward scheduling. Though this isn't its only wrinkle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 20, 2010
It's not a bad film, really, just sort of average. But Bateman is so good in it -- natural, funny, yet full of real emotion -- that you immediately want to see him again in a better film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 20, 2010
Aside from the fact that it's all too entirely predictable, The Switch is a pleasant enough end-of-the-summer time killer.
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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
August 20, 2010
This New York-based comedy directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck distinguishes itself with three-dimensional characters and an engaging storyline.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
August 20, 2010
Likable cast wasted in a dopey comedy. But hey, at least it has the first head-lice-removal instructional montage in romcom history.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 20, 2010
A warm, quirkily observant film, strengthened by some appealing performances and a low-key, easygoing vibe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 20, 2010
Tries to be more than a sitcom but keeps falling back on cheap laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 20, 2010
It's Judd Apatow lite, Farrelly brothers special blend. Just call it When Harry Met Sally and Her Ovum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 20, 2010
The truly dusty cliché it drags out again is the cute couple who don't, you know, think-of-each-other-like-that. Until, of course, they do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 20, 2010
Another in a recent line of romcoms eager to get us laughing all the way to the sperm bank, and then to the infant dividends beyond.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 20, 2010
The first third of The Switch, directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, is so bizarre that it leads you to wonder if, through some miraculous lack of oversight, the movie will blaze an unpredictable path. No such luck.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
August 20, 2010
At its heart, it's really not that different from a regular romantic comedy. Well, except that it's funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 19, 2010
The sadness comes from the audience's sense that inside this slick, conventional romantic comedy there's a tender, scruffy little movie struggling to get out.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 19, 2010
Taken on its own terms, it's a light, sweet, curiously enjoyable misfit romance, whose real star is not Aniston but her magnificently awkward Lothario, Jason Bateman.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 19, 2010
Aniston and Bateman each bring a rare Bordeaux, and the writers bring Spam on white bread. You can skip the picnic or show up and have a glass of wine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
August 19, 2010
Unfortunately, this latest ho-hum rom-com from Hollywood's industrial commissary comes out half-baked despite noble efforts by two undeniably likable stars who try to rescue it from mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 19, 2010
Didn't Jennifer Lopez play essentially the same role this year in The Back-Up Plan? Only in the movies are glamorous, 40ish single women leaping into single parenthood via sperm donation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 19, 2010
More his journey than hers, more satire than slapstick, the film is that rare example of rom-com about men, which turns out to be a nice switch indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
August 19, 2010
Thanks to Bateman's truly winning performance as a bit of a loser, "The Switch" manages to earn our laughter and our respect in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 19, 2010
Aniston and Bateman find a funny chemistry together, and the film's bemusing setup unfolds with wit and charm. As 6-year-old Sebastian, Thomas Robinson steals every scene he's in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 19, 2010
The Jason Bateman film his fans have been waiting for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 19, 2010
Allan Loeb wrote the script. Josh Gordon and Will Speck directed. What they've done is concoct something gimmicky and banal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 19, 2010
Turns out it's hard to make one man swapping his sperm for another's seem cute, as much as The Switch tries.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 19, 2010
The Switch squeezes fresh laughs out of what is, in essence, a rather startlingly post-Freudian, nature-trumps-nurture view of child development.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 19, 2010
The film offers few - make that no - surprises. What almost saves it is the acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 19, 2010
I wish it were great, but "pretty good" puts it ahead of plenty of recent romantic comedies. Puh-LEN-ty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 18, 2010
All that's good about The Switch is undermined by the need to conform to romantic comedy standards and by the predictable performance of a miscast Jennifer Aniston.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 18, 2010
The best Jennifer Aniston movie in ages is actually a star vehicle for Jason Bateman. And Aniston's work opposite the screen's premiere mild-mannered funnyman shows her at her most engaged and pitch perfect.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
August 18, 2010
Marvel at the desperate spectacle of three comic leads ... being outperformed by the wide-eyed Robinson, a quiet collector of silences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 17, 2010
This one is played in broad, sitcommy fashion, utterly divorced from the way people behave in real life.
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
August 17, 2010
Saddled with the responsibility of carrying the film, Bateman acquits himself admirably.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 17, 2010
Once you get past a shaky premise, the comedy does blossom in this Jennifer Aniston-Jason Bateman rom-com.
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Andrew Barker
Variety
August 17, 2010
An unfunny, manipulative romance about two unlikable people and their prop of a son, the pic mangles the premise of its source material.