What Men Want

Critics Consensus

Admittedly uneven but easy to like, What Men Want proves a gender-swapped remake can work -- and the odds are substantially improved with Taraji P. Henson in the lead.



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Inspired by the Nancy Meyers hit romantic comedy WHAT WOMEN WANT, this film follows the story of a female sports agent (Henson) who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When she gains the power to hear mens' thought, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA's next superstar

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Critic Reviews for What Men Want

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (31)

  • What begins as a standard gross-out affair (with a prosthetic #MeToo limb clumsily grafted to the body) ends in a treacly, glib, made-for-TV wasteland.

    Mar 17, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • As a film it is almost impossible to place on the ideological spectrum...Yet, from the first few scenes of this crackpot endeavour, it becomes blatantly obvious that it might not even matter. Because it is funny. And it is good.

    Mar 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Henson brings a charge of energy to every scene and there are some funny moments.

    Mar 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Taraji really invests in this film, just puts up a lot of energy for it, and it's worth watching.

    Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's the kind of picture in which half the cast seem to have come equipped with their own stand-up comedy routines and are determined to deliver them no matter what anyone else is doing.

    Feb 14, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Henson brings strength, radiance, precision, and presence to the gags and playful situations and to the drama, however mild it is; she lends the movie's artifices a surprising illusion of substance.

    Feb 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for What Men Want

  • Jul 17, 2019
    I knew there was a What a Women Want reboot in the works, and my interest was zero. I heard they were flipping the script a la genders, and it was still zee - row. Cast Taraji P. Henson in the lead and I was like: "Fuck... I'm gonna have to watch this now aren't I?" And so I did. But I probably shouldn't have.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2019
    More crude crap passing as comedy.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer

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