The Ugly Truth


The Ugly Truth

Critics Consensus

Despite the best efforts of Butler and Heigl, The Ugly Truth suffers from a weak script that relies on romantic comedy formula, with little charm or comedic payoff.



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Katherine Heigl stars as a lovelorn television producer who's made to run a gauntlet of romantic exploits by a pig-headed morning-show host (played by Gerard Butler) as a way to prove whose romantic methods are more accurate. Legally Blonde's Robert Luketic directs from a script by Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith, and Nicole Eastman. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi


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Critic Reviews for The Ugly Truth

All Critics (173) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (149)

  • Heigl is said to have fallen out with Apatow since the making of Knocked Up. Maybe she should reconnect with him.

    Aug 14, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film is desperate to be edgy, but its attempts at adult humour are woefully misjudged.

    Aug 11, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Tim Nagle

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • The ugly truth about this insipid romcom is that Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler are entirely wasted.

    Aug 11, 2009 | Rating: 1/5
  • We're left with a few giggles and the option to be offended by the gender stereotypes - if we can be bothered.

    Aug 7, 2009 | Rating: 2/5

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • By the end, you actually want these two cardboard cutouts to get together.

    Aug 7, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Toby Young

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • There is, in fact, a spark of chemistry between Heigl and Butler: it's testimony to the ineptitude that the film itself acts as such a wet blanket.

    Aug 7, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Ugly Truth

  • Jan 17, 2012
    The Ugly Truth has all the honesty and romance of an Axe body spray commercial.
    UUd I Super Reviewer
  • Dec 14, 2011
    The Ugly Truth is an atrocious mess from start to finish. There are maybe two actually funny bits, but that's it. The rest of the film is a poorly constructed film with a mediocre cast that delivers forgettable performances. I always felt that Gerard Butler was better in action films, and was always awful in romantic comedies. Katherine Heigl is a terrible actress, and she continues the trend of bad acting with this poor excuse of a comedy. The Ugly Truth is a mess from start to finish with minimal to no laughs. Director Robert Luketic can't craft a consistent comedy that will engage you. The jokes fall flat and are dull. The film suffers from every possible romantic comedy cliché there is, and with that in mind, you know the film is very predictable. The Ugly Truth is more a miss than a hit, and the scripts constraints shows that throughout the film. There is no way that this film could have been a great comedy because the writing is awful, the cast and directing are fairly sloppy in the delivery. This is a film that doesn't deliver and is very pointless in the way it delivers its comedy. I hated this film, and thought it was a waste of time. The Ugly Truth of this film is that, this is an awful film not worth anyone's time, and is not satisfying in terms of good comedic performances and plot. Avoid this film if you're looking for a great romantic comedy, this isn't such a great film. A terrible cast and director sink this film, and it ends up being tiresome and unimpressive.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    A boring, unfunny film that it has no memorable moments or fun spots
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2011
    Good acting, but not that original as a romantic comedy.
    Eric A Super Reviewer

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