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Based on 13 Reviews
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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Gets most of the big things wrong and almost all the little things right. For two-thirds of its running time, it's a nasty little delight with an amusing and curmudgeonly central character. show more

  • 20
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    After missing the film on the small screen the first time around, I recently watched it on video, and can only conclude that my screen wasn't small enough. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    That's a lot just to justify a cute title, but cuteness is the engine driving the slight, obvious but occasionally very funny film. show more

  • 50
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    Without Branagh's pitch-perfect comedic skills the entire movie could have been crushed under the avalanche of quips and wisecracks tumbling from Kalesniko's too-clever-by-half pen. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    This slight slice of L.A. life is distinguished by two fine, subtle performances. Redgrave is quietly heartbreaking-- Penn accomplishes the daunting task of revealing the spine beneath Melanie's sweet-natured tolerance of her perpetually disagreeable husband. show more

  • 75
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Branagh shows us the comedy of a man who is too clever to understand that in the guise of dreading fatherhood, he is really at war with how much he longs for it. show more

  • 60
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Reminds us that when it comes to comedy, it's all in the writing. Mr. Kalesniko's satirically barbed screenplay, whose spirit harks back to the comic heyday of Blake Edwards, stirs up an insistent verbal energy that rarely flags. show more

  • 50
    David Rooney Variety

    While the direction is a little anonymous and could use some verve, the comedy-drama gets by thanks to a solid script, witty dialogue and engaging performances. show more

  • 40
    Paul Malcolm L.A. Weekly

    A movie with a lot on its plate, but nothing interesting on its mind. show more

  • 40
    Andy Klein New Times (L.A.)

    Fact is, there is nothing feloniously awful about the whole thing, but the laughs are tepid and too infrequent. show more

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