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Yes Man Reviews

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
December 23, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
December 22, 2008
I think this movie needs to be skipped.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
December 22, 2008
Contrived and silly to say the least.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 19, 2008
It's a small, nice return to form by Jim Carrey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 19, 2008
The first time I saw Yes Man, I thought the concept was getting kind of stale toward the end. As it turns out, that was only the trailer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 19, 2008
If you own the superior Liar Liar, you might as well stay home and watch it again. When Hollywood can't be both-ered to come up with new ideas, we have every right to just say no.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 19, 2008
There are flat performances in the film, false situations and bad lines, but the laughs are there and the message about personal transformation is timeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 19, 2008
Yes Man is fine as far as Carrey comedies go, but it's even better as a love story that just happens to make you laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
December 19, 2008
Despite some brief vulgarity, this Carrey comedy has charm and -- surprise! -- a worthwhile message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
December 19, 2008
Director Peyton Reed keeps the movie handsome, but there's little of the style he brought to the overlooked Down With Love or even the dire-but-distinctive The Break-Up.
| Original Score: C
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 19, 2008
Not far from that of Liar Liar, one of Mr. Carrey's biggest hits of the mid-'90s...That film was a philosophical tour de force compared with this one.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 19, 2008
Given the gloom of this season's holiday releases it is positively cheering just to see a character turn his frown upside down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 19, 2008
If you're thinking 'yuck,' you're right.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 19, 2008
With Yes Man, Carrey has bled the well dry, doing everything he knows how to do, over and over again, just to prove that he still knows how to do it.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 19, 2008
The comedy, to the extent there is any, consists mainly of Carrey's verbal asides and strained reactions to people. The script gives him very little to work with.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 19, 2008
Yes Man is a typical Carrey vehicle (schematically, it's a lot like Liar Liar), but it's better than most of them due to a top-notch supporting cast.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 19, 2008
Jim Carrey's new comedy is enjoyable enough for what it is, a clever idea developed by fits and starts.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 19, 2008
Some of it is funny. Much of it isn't. The committee-written plot seems tired and recycled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 19, 2008
Yes Man puts him back in the same old quandary and, once again, Carrey lacks an identity. Alas, this time, he also lacks a script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 19, 2008
It's obvious Carrey still has the juice; he just needs someone to give him the right squeeze.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 19, 2008
It's nice to see a high-concept comedy with such a generous concept.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 19, 2008
It's a cynical attempt, ultimately, to make obnoxious people palatable by throwing them into a tub of romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 19, 2008
Yes Man starts out wobbly but ends up quite nicely, primarily because Carrey has a wonderful acting partner in Zooey Deschanel, the singer-actress with the saucer eyes and unpredictable, behind-the-beat comic timing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
December 18, 2008
Director Peyton Reed isn't sure what to make of the premise: is this a therapeutic uplifter or an excuse to make Carrey mug while popping wheelies on expensive motorcycles?
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Dan Zak
Washington Post
December 18, 2008
In a comedy era ennobled by the crackling wit of Vince Vaughn, Steve Carell and Tina Fey, Yes Man comes across as innocent, quaint, pitiable, as one-note as borscht belt humor and not committed enough to support great slapstick.
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David Germain
Associated Press
December 18, 2008
Deschanel and Carrey make for indifferent romantic partners. Both are pleasant enough, but no one's going to look at the two together and think, what a great couple they make.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 18, 2008
The combination of the familiar scenario and his broadly comic style seems stale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 18, 2008
Perhaps Yes Man's writers got confused by the film's tag line, 'Yes Is the New No.' In honor of that convoluted axiom, here's my one-word review. Should you go see Yes Man?: Yes.
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
December 18, 2008
No comedy classic, but it packs enough laughs into 104 minutes to justify the price of admission (or at least a matinee ticket)
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 18, 2008
It has more chuckles than guffaws, maybe because Carrey has always been a comic actor who says yes yes yes. Literalizing that impulse only robs it of surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 18, 2008
Jim Carrey works the premise for all it's worth, but it doesn't allow him to bust loose and fly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 17, 2008
It's pleasant to watch something a little less intellectually taxing between all the would-be Oscar contenders. Yes Man is that movie -- undemanding, light, and enjoyable on its own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 17, 2008
It's an often engaging romance shot through with sweetness, a movie that hangs on a handful of simple, magical scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 17, 2008
Is Yes Man worth the trouble, then? Not to belabor the point, but yes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
December 16, 2008
Nothing more than warmed-over holiday seconds, a repackaged best-of for those who already own the hits.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 15, 2008
Jim Carrey's back in the zone with this agreeable concept comedy.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
December 15, 2008
Genial but slim.