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Based on 22 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The Baxter is just an OK movie, but Showalter's performance is the gem to take from it. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    No great shakes, The Baxter nonetheless has a quiet loopiness going for it. And it has the absence of a laugh track going for it, too. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Modest and polite. That's not a ringing endorsement of Michael Showalter's good-natured comedy, but there are enough laughs in it if you're willing to settle. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A wheel-spinner. The more the film stresses and strains to be funny, the unfunnier it gets. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    A self-consciously arch work of hipsterism that's more styled than funny. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The problem with The Baxter is right there at the center of the movie, and maybe it is unavoidable: Showalter makes too good of a baxter. He deserves to be dumped. show more

  • 50
    Allison Benedikt Chicago Tribune

    Michael Showalter is a funny man, but … how to put this gently … not a funny movie star. show more

  • 38
    Peter Debruge Premiere

    As coincidence would have it, Steve Carell's "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" spun comedy gold from a similar idea just last week. Virgin shares not only The Baxter's basic premise, but also two of its key cast members (Paul Rudd and the beautiful Ms. Banks), allowing audiences to see just how much better The Baxter might have been if Showalter had given us some reason to identify with his socially awkward protagonist. show more

  • 25
    New York Post

    A zero-joke romantic comedy. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    This wry, low-key comedy, crafted by members of the sketch-comedy group The State, swims defiantly against the stream of contemporary comedy, eschewing bodily-function jokes and obvious gags in favor of laughs so sly and self-effacing you could almost overlook them. show more

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