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What to Expect When You're Expecting Reviews

May 24, 2012
Technically the genre isn't beneath contempt. But this movie is.
May 22, 2012
Bringing a child into the world is no laughing matter, and all involved seem to have done their level best to make things as mirthless as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 18, 2012
Babies are cute and expectant parents often aren't. That kind of sums up What to Expect When You're Expecting.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 18, 2012
Director Kirk Jones and screenwriters Shauna Cross and Heather Hach consistently fall back on corny music and slow-motion to try to get laughs. Very little of this movie feels risky, or even frisky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 18, 2012
Patently contrived to deliver the safer side of pregnancy-related humor over the course of five tidily intersecting plot lines.
May 18, 2012
Remember when advice books stayed on the shelves where they belonged?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 18, 2012
It's a sitcom-y ensemble film (complete with product placement) that feels like you're flipping around the TV dial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 18, 2012
"What to Expect" rolls out this shocking revelation: Having kids is a messy and complicated process.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
May 18, 2012
The film is dully shot and so predictably plotted, you could tick off the items like you're packing a bag for the delivery room.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 18, 2012
The movie turns out to be a little of everything yet succeeds only occasionally at anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 17, 2012
"What to Expect" isn't an inspired movie, but a manufactured one, but one with some laughs and some moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 17, 2012
What audiences should expect is a tone-deaf, superficial, charmless ensemble rom-com, focused on five attractive, but uninteresting, couples.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 17, 2012
Cute couple Kendrick and Crawford are completely lost at sea. But the guys in the Dudes Group have the worst of it - they are a whiny, unappealing bunch through and through.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
May 17, 2012
In a year when women's reproductive freedoms are constantly in the political crosshairs, What to Expect When You're Expecting feels like just another affront to anyone who owns and operates a uterus.
May 17, 2012
The writing is sharp and the performances bright, and if you've been through the forced gestational march known as pregnancy, there are knowing laughs to be had.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 17, 2012
The still-born What To Expect... is an all-star dud that could be easily confused with Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve, except for the absence of Ashton Kutcher.
May 17, 2012
An amiable but disjointed movie with too many stories and not enough storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 17, 2012
It makes one long for the comparative complexity and subtlety of Valentine's Day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 17, 2012
What you don't expect is how bad almost all of it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 17, 2012
Exactly what you'd expect. And that's not a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 17, 2012
With 10 main characters and nearly as many smaller players, "What to Expect" attempts to cover every possible type of motherhood in America and very nearly succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 17, 2012
The overall mood is of warm reassurance, and some of it is even pretty funny.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 17, 2012
Don't expect much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 17, 2012
What to Expect When You're Expecting is pretty much what you'd expect. It plays to its target audience with a vengeance, and that audience would be people expecting kids or who can remember their own pre-parenthood jitters.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 17, 2012
To use the appropriate parlance, it's bloated, though the waves of nausea here come more in the third trimester than the first.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 17, 2012
The plot nearly stalls with gridlock. It's clever but the stories are thin soup.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 16, 2012
Everything that happens in the multiple story lines is entirely predictable; the only question is when.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
May 16, 2012
As sociology, it's skin-deep, but if you're a parent or preparing to be one, you might see yourself in a few of these folks and have a good time doing so.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 16, 2012
Some of the pregnancies are played for laughs, others are depicted more melodramatically. It's a mishmash of mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 15, 2012
At least a slight step up from director Kirk Jones's last effort, 2009's claw-your-eyes-out-awful Robert De Niro vehicle Everybody's Fine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 15, 2012
For all the fear, loathing, and overthinking that Murkoff's bedside text engenders, its journey ends with the hopeful beginning of a new life, whereas the movie leaves you hoping for a swift end to your own.
May 14, 2012
A good-looking cast of popular actors can only do so much with material that's superficial and sitcommy.
May 11, 2012
Helmer Kirk Jones does a solid job negotiating the material and managing the few tonal shifts when an occasional dark moment emerges.
May 11, 2012
Amid the would-be and actual laughs, the screenplay tries to drum up drama, but every disagreement and tension is treated superficially and summarily resolved.