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70
Chicago Reader
The mixture of sincerity and sitcom phoniness is bewildering at times, but on some level, I guess, the film works.
70
You come away with a remarkable sense of the filmmakers and actors working together harmoniously as they delve into the heart of relationships between friends and lovers.
70
Variety
Tries to mix the messy realities of mismatched relationships with the structural neatness of a musical-comedy view of the world, with mild, occasionally diverting results.
63
Christian Science Monitor
It boasts appealing performances, and it takes a reasonably tasteful approach to its subject, aside from a string of four-letter words that sound strangely out of place in this romantic comedy.
60
Easier to watch than it is to believe.
60
In trying to appeal to a wide audience, quirky material has been forced to fit a formula that can't really contain it.
42
Entertainment Weekly
So riddled with cultural stereotypes, woe-is-me neurotic mopiness, and glib therapeutic compassion that by the end all it leaves you with is a waxy buildup of falseness.
40
The A.V. Club
The film is being marketed as a romantic comedy, but it's neither romantic nor funny.
30
Slate
The film that Nicholas Hytner has directed (from a screenplay by the playwright Wendy Wasserstein) is slick, sweet, and disastrously unmoving -- even people who live to cry at the movies will find themselves depressingly dry-eyed.
30
New York Magazine (Vulture)
If the woman’s love is obsessive and needy, the story becomes stupid and painful, and that is what happens in The Object of My Affection, the Stephen McCauley novel that has been adapted for the movies with disastrous panache by playwright Wendy Wasserstein and director Nicholas Hytner.

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