Reviews

Jan 13, 2021
If it had stopped wasting time on slapstick moments like some weird hybrid of Love, Actually and Bridesmaids-with-bellies, it might actually have painted a vivid and perceptive portrait of parenthood.
Jan 13, 2021
Admitting that pregnancy blows sometimes is de rigeur these days and nothing to freak out about. There's nothing to see here, people. Come to think of it, "nothing to see here" could work as an alternate tagline to this movie, too.
Sep 1, 2018
Although it's meant to be a comedy, did I laugh? I might never have stopped but for one small thing, which I feel obliged to mention: I never started. I sat there stony-faced like a stone, with a face.
Jun 8, 2012
Those who don't have children would find it rather agonising, while those who do might not wish to pay a babysitter for the pleasure of seeing a film about nappies and epidurals.
May 24, 2012
Technically the genre isn't beneath contempt. But this movie is.
May 24, 2012
Someday Hollywood will think of women as more than fallopian tubes in heels; until then, we're stuck with this kind of project.
May 24, 2012
On the whole, I'd rather give birth.
May 24, 2012
Mutual loathing and eye-rolling sustain - horribly - many of the couples involved.
May 24, 2012
Poor Kirk Jones, who directed Nanny McPhee and Waking Ned, can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear of a script. But he could have left out the golf cart chase.
May 24, 2012
It's exactly what we expected it to be. If you're going to have a baby it'd be a good thing to watch. It shows all the things people say to you.
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.
May 19, 2012
Cross and Hach have concocted one of the most bland, basic, and unadventurous scripts in recent memory.
May 18, 2012
Babies are cute and expectant parents often aren't. That kind of sums up What to Expect When You're Expecting.
May 18, 2012
There's little that feels real or honest in this greatest hits parade of stereotypes about pregnancy and the attempt to disguise it in manipulative sentimentality makes it all the more nauseating.
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.
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
For all the wisdom it may have to offer, What To Expect would rather resort to immature humour for kicks.
May 18, 2012
Remember when advice books stayed on the shelves where they belonged?
May 18, 2012
I can't watch that many characters simultaneously push without feeling like I, too, have been put through the ringer. If only the filmmakers had themselves pushed harder for a more incisive and more daring depiction of 21st century new parenthood.
May 18, 2012
It's a sitcom-y ensemble film (complete with product placement) that feels like you're flipping around the TV dial.