The Ugly Truth


The Ugly Truth (2009)


Critic 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 (40)

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
Time Out
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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…

I think it's safe to say that the concerns about sexism in cinema that Heigl voiced so ardently after her career-making turn in Knocked Up have ebbed in direct proportion to the increases in her subsequent paychecks.

Jul 28, 2009 | Full Review…

It's just not believable.

Jul 27, 2009 | Full Review…

The Ugly Truth has a nice moment here and there, but there is much more ugliness than truth.

Jul 27, 2009

Aside from being relational science-fiction, The Ugly Truth feels about 150 years out of date -- or it would, if the script weren't so clinically dependent on the topics of masturbation and genitalia and raunch.

Jul 24, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4

Audience Reviews for The Ugly Truth

This was so funny. First ten minutes or so didn't think it was going to be very good, but then it really picks up. Good chick flick . Couldn't stop laughing at a few of the bits in this. Didn't really like Gerard Butler, but I could overlook that.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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The Ugly Truth has all the honesty and romance of an Axe body spray commercial.

UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto
UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto

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Not that funny at all, formulaic, and unlikely. All the sexist, raunchy jokes are just not that funny and while these actors can act, they're just given crap to work with.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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Pretty good comedy. Mike is a beer-drinking, woman-chasing loudmouth who has a part on Abby's morning show as the guy who spills the ugly truth on the relationship between men and women. Abby gets some help from Mike to help her attract a neighbour as a date, and of course, Mike finds out there is more the Abby than he first thought.

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Red Lats

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