'The Switch' Critic Reviews

87%
MovieWeb:   3 reviews
51%
Rotten Tomatoes:   148 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    The Switch squeezes fresh laughs out of what is, in essence, a rather startlingly post-Freudian, nature-trumps-nurture view of child development.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    The first third of The Switch, directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, is so bizarre that it leads you to wonder if, through some miraculous lack of oversight, the movie will blaze an unpredictable path. No such luck.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Let down by inconsistent characterisation and finally ending in gloopy sentimentality and silliness.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    Didn't Jennifer Lopez play essentially the same role this year in The Back-Up Plan? Only in the movies are glamorous, 40ish single women leaping into single parenthood via sperm donation.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    A warm, quirkily observant film, strengthened by some appealing performances and a low-key, easygoing vibe.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    Allan Loeb wrote the script. Josh Gordon and Will Speck directed. What they've done is concoct something gimmicky and banal.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Karina Longworth Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Saddled with the responsibility of carrying the film, Bateman acquits himself admirably.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    It's Judd Apatow lite, Farrelly brothers special blend. Just call it When Harry Met Sally and Her Ovum.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    63
    The comedy itself suffers from awkward scheduling. Though this isn't its only wrinkle.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    60
    Thanks to Bateman's truly winning performance as a bit of a loser, "The Switch" manages to earn our laughter and our respect in equal measure.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    I wish it were great, but "pretty good" puts it ahead of plenty of recent romantic comedies. Puh-LEN-ty.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joshua Katzman Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    This New York-based comedy directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck distinguishes itself with three-dimensional characters and an engaging storyline.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    The Jason Bateman film his fans have been waiting for.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Horgen Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    Aniston and Bateman find a funny chemistry together, and the film's bemusing setup unfolds with wit and charm. As 6-year-old Sebastian, Thomas Robinson steals every scene he's in.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    50
    It's not a bad film, really, just sort of average. But Bateman is so good in it -- natural, funny, yet full of real emotion -- that you immediately want to see him again in a better film.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Andrew Barker Variety (Top Critic)
    An unfunny, manipulative romance about two unlikable people and their prop of a son, the pic mangles the premise of its source material.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Tries to be more than a sitcom but keeps falling back on cheap laughs.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    75
    The best Jennifer Aniston movie in ages is actually a star vehicle for Jason Bateman. And Aniston's work opposite the screen's premiere mild-mannered funnyman shows her at her most engaged and pitch perfect.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider Film.com (Top Critic)
    67
    At its heart, it's really not that different from a regular romantic comedy. Well, except that it's funny.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    Another in a recent line of romcoms eager to get us laughing all the way to the sperm bank, and then to the infant dividends beyond.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Taken on its own terms, it's a light, sweet, curiously enjoyable misfit romance, whose real star is not Aniston but her magnificently awkward Lothario, Jason Bateman.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Dana Stevens Slate (Top Critic)
    The sadness comes from the audience's sense that inside this slick, conventional romantic comedy there's a tender, scruffy little movie struggling to get out.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    63
    All that's good about The Switch is undermined by the need to conform to romantic comedy standards and by the predictable performance of a miscast Jennifer Aniston.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Once you get past a shaky premise, the comedy does blossom in this Jennifer Aniston-Jason Bateman rom-com.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    This one is played in broad, sitcommy fashion, utterly divorced from the way people behave in real life.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
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