'Friends with Kids' Critic Reviews

80%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
67%
Rotten Tomatoes:   144 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    60
    Westfeldt clearly illustrates the various hurdles in parenting and relationships...in the priviledged world of successful New Yorkers.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    The observations about parenthood, pro and con, are quick and smart, and Scott effortlessly steals the show, softening Westfeldt's brittle cuteness.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    In the crumbling passion of a once hot-to-trot couple (a perfect Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm), [it] locates a jagged heart that no amount of zingers can surpass.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    If you see this on at the cinema, walk on by.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ellen E Jones Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    Friends with Kids takes an unusual romantic premise and explores it in satisfying and perceptive depth.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    It offers the rare combination of romance, humor, an inventive conceit and social relevance, without adhering slavishly to rom-com conventions.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Too many sequences feel generic, from the unexamined privilege that serves as the movie's cultural backdrop to the now-requisite scene of a man changing a diaper while covered in baby poop.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    This movie swerves from fantasy to nightmare. It doesn't feel like the story a wife and mother would volunteer to tell about herself.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Melissa Anderson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Just as Friends With Kids compares unfavorably to Westfeldt's earlier effort, her cast members' previous projects further highlight this film's shortcomings.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    [Westfeldt] makes a promising directorial debut with this good-natured dramedy, boosted in large part by an outstanding ensemble.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    It's shrill in tone, awash in unexamined narcissism-kids are just pretexts for laughs, rather than objects of love-and afflicted by explosive verbal diarrhea.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    75
    Not even the outcome's predictability (hint: romantic comedies have happy endings) can dampen the frothy results.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Sitcom-amusing, in that middle-of-the-road way.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    60
    ...the film takes a tonal detour, veering from indie-inflected city comedy with Woody Allen undertones to something reminiscent of the work of Nicole Holofcener.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Westfeldt, now 42, belongs to a generation (and class) of people for whom nothing about having kids is easy. Her intensity feels just right -- better than in any film I've seen in years -- for How We Breed Now.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    Given the title, it's remarkable how little space is granted to the offspring, who are introduced as excretory machines, sex-blocking irritants, and occasional simpering angels, but never as beings unto themselves.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    There must be a better reason to have a baby than to provide a plot point in a rom-com. Don't you think?
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    A smooth but frustrating third feature with an extremely good ensemble cast.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    A funny and emotionally credible story of old college friends who decide to have a baby together while maintaining their single lives.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    "Friends with Kids" goes on a beat or two too long, and lands in the obvious place, but it's filled with smarts and laughs and passion.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    At least Westfeldt is trying. She tries hard to make this a grown-up version of the romantic-comedy formula, complete with dirty jokes and sex talk.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Even though Friends With Kids is not a movie everyone will identify with, it fills 107 minutes with enough visual popcorn to keep you satisfied.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Alissa Simon Variety (Top Critic)
    Although the comic riffs about parenting and alternative families easily rep the pic's sharpest dialogue and strike a chord with more mature audiences, they coexist uneasily with Westfeldt's inclusion of a cruder brand of humor.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Credit Westfeldt, who is also the writer and director, with a classic setup for farce, brightly executed.
    Full Review » 2 years ago