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Based on 16 Reviews
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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Excess Baggage falls down as a showcase for Silverstone, who made a big splash in "Clueless" and whose production company is releasing this film. She comes across as unappealing and unseasoned in ways that go beyond the role. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Despite the elements I could have done without, the movie is often very funny, and a lot of the credit goes to Del Toro, who creates a slow-talking, lumbering character who's quite unlike his image in "Usual Suspects." show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    No one is likely to mistake Excess Baggage for a great movie, but it is an intriguing piece of pop sociology. show more

  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    Excess Baggage aims to broaden her appeal beyond her established, youthful audience. It won't, because it's a messy mixture of so-so comedy and unmoving drama; its inconsistent tone suggests a production where no one was fully in charge. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    If you like Alicia Silverstone, you'll probably enjoy Excess Baggage. This dubious road movie/romance/caper flick is clearly a vehicle for the spritely starlet, and her winsome charm is one of its strengths. show more

  • 20
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The first fruit of wunderkinder Alicia Silverstone's First Kiss Productions, this muddled thriller-cum-romantic comedy of errors suggests that she might want to lay off the producing for a few years. show more

  • 20

    However, it is probably the screenplay that is most at fault, and while "Demolition Man" director Brambilla again makes things look okay, his hands are tied with flat dialogue, zero comedy and not much caper, either. show more

  • 40
    Russell Smith Austin Chronicle

    As with so many recent films, this innocuous little romantic comedy suffers far more from the effects of art-by-committee than the ruinous domination of any one person. show more

  • 25
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    What Emily doesn't do, though -- what this slow-moving, sour, sloppily assembled teen drama doesn't allow her to do -- is make her predicament of any emotional interest. show more

  • 50

    Director Marco Brambilla does a serviceable job, without adding much distinction to the piece, and the script --- credited to Max D. Adams, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais --- seems patched together, consisting of a series of scenes lacking a strong narrative hook. show more

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