'What to Expect When You're Expecting' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   2 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   137 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    As sociology, it's skin-deep, but if you're a parent or preparing to be one, you might see yourself in a few of these folks and have a good time doing so.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    The overall mood is of warm reassurance, and some of it is even pretty funny.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mike McCahill Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Someday Hollywood will think of women as more than fallopian tubes in heels; until then, we're stuck with this kind of project.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    25
    What audiences should expect is a tone-deaf, superficial, charmless ensemble rom-com, focused on five attractive, but uninteresting, couples.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Stephanie Merry Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    The movie turns out to be a little of everything yet succeeds only occasionally at anything.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    The writing is sharp and the performances bright, and if you've been through the forced gestational march known as pregnancy, there are knowing laughs to be had.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Eric Hynes Village Voice (Top Critic)
    For all the fear, loathing, and overthinking that Murkoff's bedside text engenders, its journey ends with the hopeful beginning of a new life, whereas the movie leaves you hoping for a swift end to your own.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    What you don't expect is how bad almost all of it is.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    30
    Everything that happens in the multiple story lines is entirely predictable; the only question is when.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    The plot nearly stalls with gridlock. It's clever but the stories are thin soup.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Technically the genre isn't beneath contempt. But this movie is.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    It makes one long for the comparative complexity and subtlety of Valentine's Day.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    An amiable but disjointed movie with too many stories and not enough storytelling.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    25
    "What to Expect" rolls out this shocking revelation: Having kids is a messy and complicated process.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    Some of the pregnancies are played for laughs, others are depicted more melodramatically. It's a mishmash of mediocrity.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lael Loewenstein Variety (Top Critic)
    Helmer Kirk Jones does a solid job negotiating the material and managing the few tonal shifts when an occasional dark moment emerges.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew Barker Variety (Top Critic)
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  • Farran Smith Nehme New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    The film is dully shot and so predictably plotted, you could tick off the items like you're packing a bag for the delivery room.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    What to Expect When You're Expecting is pretty much what you'd expect. It plays to its target audience with a vengeance, and that audience would be people expecting kids or who can remember their own pre-parenthood jitters.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • William Goss Film.com (Top Critic)
    Patently contrived to deliver the safer side of pregnancy-related humor over the course of five tidily intersecting plot lines.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jennie Punter Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    It's a sitcom-y ensemble film (complete with product placement) that feels like you're flipping around the TV dial.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sheri Linden Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Amid the would-be and actual laughs, the screenplay tries to drum up drama, but every disagreement and tension is treated superficially and summarily resolved.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    A good-looking cast of popular actors can only do so much with material that's superficial and sitcommy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    The still-born What To Expect... is an all-star dud that could be easily confused with Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve, except for the absence of Ashton Kutcher.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard Roeper Richard Roeper.com (Top Critic)
    40
    Exactly what you'd expect. And that's not a good thing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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