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Trust the Man Reviews

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 1, 2006
Freundlich's outstanding cast (including Garry Shandling, Eva Mendes, Ellen Barkin, Bob Balaban and James LeGros) -- his best since 1997's The Myth of Fingerprints -- glosses over miscalculations with sheer star power.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
September 1, 2006
I got more questions than laughs from the Manhattan romantic comedy from Bart Freundlich, who is clearly a Woody Allen wannabe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 1, 2006
Two couples in trouble, one with kids, another considering them. Writer-director Bart Freundlich's challenge is to stress them and find a resolution to their conflicts in ways that aren't banal, predictable or witless. And he settles for one out of three.
| Original Score: 3/5
Mike Russell
Oregonian
September 1, 2006
Trust the Man has some good laughs courtesy of its cast -- but they're basically papering over a script that's masquerading as urbane and trenchant, when it's really self-involved and didactic and more than a little foolish.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 1, 2006
The fact that Freundlich tries to put some thoughtful commentary into a formulaic story is commendable, but in the end either his faith wavers or the studio intervened.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
September 1, 2006
The characters change personalities every time Freundlich gets an idea for a new gag, leading to bizarre, random behavior that is likely to inspire audience annoyance, rather than sympathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 1, 2006
I wish the film were true to itself and its quartet of puzzled, struggling lovers; their collapse into sitcom idiocy felt uncomfortably close to betrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 1, 2006
A lot more smug and a lot less insightful than writer-director Bart Freundlich apparently assumes, and it's burdened even more by its surfeit of unsympathetic characters.
| Original Score: 2/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 1, 2006
Far from perfect but still somewhat enjoyable, I suppose until Woody returns to making movies here, we'll have to settle for what we can get.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
September 1, 2006
Freundlich wants a portrait of the non-committal man at play, but Crudup tends to act like he's in Scary Movie 5, and every new scene with him makes you want to grind your teeth to pebbles.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 1, 2006
It's the worst of both worlds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 31, 2006
The project is defeated by a concept that is not very novel, a script that is not especially witty, direction that is neither sharp nor insightful and one-note characters that are simply not very interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
August 31, 2006
For people who enjoy watching smug, self-involved, upper-class New Yorkers complain about their problems, most of which are their own fault.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 31, 2006
It has nothing new or remotely interesting to say about modern relationships.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
August 31, 2006
Screenwriter and director Bart Freundlich fails to offer fresh insights into the problems of contemporary relationships, and many of his comic targets are easy and conventional.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 31, 2006
There's nothing terribly wrong with this comedy about the romantic dalliances of four New Yorkers, but there's nothing terribly right about it, either.
| Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 31, 2006
Bizarrely obsessed with bathroom humor (this would-be sparkling comedy actually begins with a poop joke) and dumb gags at a meeting of sex addicts.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 31, 2006
The people behind this film would not recognize complex, honest emotion if it hit them in the face with a frying pan.
| Original Score: 1/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 31, 2006
Freundlich has some merciless fun at his gender's expense, holding up two best-pal schlubs, Tom (David Duchovny) and Tobey (Billy Crudup), for ridicule.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
August 31, 2006
The movie can't decide if it wants to be a well-observed urban relationship drama or a madcap comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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