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75
Chicago Sun-Times
One of the pleasures of Ronald Bass' screenplay is the way it subverts the usual comic formulas that would fuel a plot like this.
75
ReelViews
The film makers understand that it's possible for a romantic comedy to appeal not only to the heart, but to the mind as well.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
The real casting disaster is Mulroney. His blandness in the role makes it impossible to believe two beautiful women would fight over him.
70
Feels repetitive at times, but its star power and willingness to undercut convention come through at the end.
63
USA Today
Mulroney is a drip with not a milliliter of chemistry with either woman. Roberts doesn't really seem to care about him so much as the fact that life is passing her by. Though, that may be the point.
60
A romantic comedy for an era of diminished expectations.
40
Obtuse, prettily decorative comedy. Characters burst gaily into song when, as often happens, they don't have anything better to do.
40
Time
When our sympathies shift to [Cameron Diaz's Kimmy], the movie sours. It is no help either that Ronald Bass neglected to write (or Mulroney was unable to find) a character in Michael. Why all this fuss over this lox, we keep wondering.
40
The A.V. Club
Just as crippling is the movie's tendency to waver back and forth between black comedy and Nora Ephron-esque schmaltz.
30
The New Republic
We get the feeling that, about nine-tenths of the way along, after he had all the characters knotted up, Bass suddenly thought, "Good heavens! I've got to find some way to finish off this thing." The way that he found is lame and makes a hash of what precedes it. [28 July 1997]

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