What Men Want Reviews

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September 18, 2019
Felt like it might have had some sharpness and some bite, but ended up being defanged.
March 20, 2019
An excellent cast elevates a wacky, crowded script with too few, actual jokes and a disappointingly conventional denouement.
March 19, 2019
The outtakes are funnier than what's in the film.
March 17, 2019
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.
March 17, 2019
It's a fun idea to gender-flip the premise of Nancy Meyers' 2000 romcom What Women Want (starring Mel Gibson), and a shrewd decision to recast the film's protagonist as black...
March 15, 2019
The overheard men's thoughts are funny at times - a sequence where Ali gatecrashes the weekly poker game is a highlight - but overall it feels a bit artificial and unrealistic.
March 15, 2019
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.
March 15, 2019
Henson brings a charge of energy to every scene and there are some funny moments.
March 14, 2019
What Men Want is pure shrug cinema: not bad so much as wispily superfluous, which may not come as a surprise if you can recall the similarly disposable 2000 original.
March 14, 2019
The film's charm offensive breaks down most of the narrative barriers to enjoyment, and with Erykah Badu and Tracy Morgan making great hay with their roles, this turns out to a fun film.
March 14, 2019
The storytelling is a little loose, but as a workplace comedy with a side-line in romance, this earns its laughs thanks to the immensely game Henson and a stellar supporting cast.
March 13, 2019
The plot is predictable to the last programmed giggle. But Henson is pretty terrific; if you can stand comical histrionics done with style while pitched to high C, amplified to triple-f and played by the full personality orchestra.
March 4, 2019
Taraji really invests in this film, just puts up a lot of energy for it, and it's worth watching.
February 14, 2019
The movie is really all about what she wants, consequences be damned.
February 14, 2019
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.
February 12, 2019
Movies about women shouldn't only be retreads of male stories, but Taraji P. Henson and Tina Gordon's script make What Men Want nuanced enough to resonate with female viewers.
February 12, 2019
What Men Want isn't just a waste of time, more egregiously it also squanders an appealing star turn from actress Taraji P. Henson.
February 9, 2019
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.
February 9, 2019
Shankman was free to be creative and even a tiny bit profound. But instead of smarts, we get farts.
February 9, 2019
Henson is a gifted actress and physical comedian. She manages to hold together "What Men Want" with the sheer force of her powerful charisma, but the film around her is harried, messy and woefully underwritten.
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