(I) (2010)

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75
Squeezes fresh laughs out of what is, in essence, a rather startlingly post-Freudian, nature-trumps-nurture view of child development.
75
By turns rowdy and rueful, The Switch is a comedy with serious ramifications, not least of which is the question, what makes a family?
75
This picture belongs to Jason Bateman, who, after years of playing the second or third banana (and plenty of times being the best thing in a given film), finally gets to show off his considerable gifts as the co-lead in a mainstream comedy.
75
The Switch, to its credit, really is about a boy, who with the help of a sensitive, sad-eyed kid, stands a chance of becoming a man.
75
Aniston's work opposite the screen's premiere mild-mannered funnyman shows her at her most engaged and pitch perfect.
70
Aniston and Bateman keep things both light and dark when they should, and Robinson's Sebastian steals everyone's heart.
70
Despite a virtually unplayable premise, The Switch overcomes this handicap to turn itself into a friendly, offbeat romantic comedy.
50
It's subpar sitcom.
50
The movie's flaw is impossible to ignore, turning on the most tired of romantic comedy conventions: Someone knows something, and all that person has to do is say it, and the movie is over and everything's great.
50
This is a romantic comedy, not a sci-fi adventure tale. But the actions, choices and general behavior of the characters are oddly removed from what goes in the real world.
40
His (Bateman) performance is fun. Too bad The Switch is not.
40
It all works out agreeably enough, albeit in strict adherence to rom-com formula, right down to the obligatory wacky-best-friend roles given to space cadets Jeff Goldblum and Juliette Lewis.

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