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

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MovieWeb:   2 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   137 reviews
  • Gary Wolcott Tri-City Herald
    60
    What to expect when you're watching What to Expect When You're Expecting? Not much.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Richard Roeper ReelzChannel.com
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  • Daniel M. Kimmel New England Movies Weekly
    50
    One gets the sense that the filmmakers had their list of topics and exchanged high fives after doing, say, a scene involving a C-section birth. Cross that one off.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brian Tallerico HollywoodChicago.com
    20
    There's little that feels real or honest in this greatest hits parade of stereotypes about pregnancy and the attempt to disguise it in manipulative sentimentality makes it all the more nauseating.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jim Lane Sacramento News & Review
    40
    ... on balance, a parade of humdrum banalities ...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dan Lybarger KC Active
    40
    Watching 'What to Expect When You're Expecting' is like attending a baby shower where some guests give the mother gifts she didn't want or need.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Clint O'Connor Cleveland Plain Dealer
    67
    Elizabeth Banks provides the laughs in this-isn't-the-horrible-baby-jokes-lightweight-ensemble-comedy-you-think-it-is.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Todd Jorgenson Cinemalogue.com
    The film wants to be a diverse, all-encompassing examination of contemporary parenting, but it's overly sanitized and insists on neatly tying up each of its stories at the end.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kimberley Jones Austin Chronicle
    50
    I can't watch that many characters simultaneously push without feeling like I, too, have been put through the ringer. If only the filmmakers had themselves pushed harder for a more incisive and more daring depiction of 21st century new parenthood.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Grae Drake Movies.com
    20
    Drag a guy to this one and he'll never forgive you.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Radheyan Simonpillai NOW Toronto
    40
    For all the wisdom it may have to offer, What To Expect would rather resort to immature humour for kicks.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jolene Mendez Entertainment Spectrum
    80
    Terrific film for both men and women and any expectant parent needs to go out and see this and prepare for the road of surprises you will have ahead of you over the next nine months!
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Alison Gang San Diego Union-Tribune
    50
    It is, indeed, what a moviegoer should expect from a genre in which an ensemble cast of famous, pretty faces is loosely strung together by an innocuous holiday or, in this case, baby-having.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Leonard Maltin Leonard Maltin's Picks
    105
    I found some of its multiple storylines annoying and hopelessly contrived, at first; it's only toward the end, when the film draws from real life, that it finds its heart and becomes relatable for anyone who has been through pregnancy or parenthood.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mathew DeKinder St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    60
    Expecting is uneven and at times struggles under its own weight, but overcomes its shortcomings to be worthy of ponying up for a babysitter for the rare parental date-night.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Marsha McCreadie Film Journal International
    What to Expect is like what they say about childbirth--You'll scarcely remember a thing when it's over, but you won't need that epidural either.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ethan Alter Television Without Pity
    What to Expect What You're Expecting is exactly what you'd expect it to be... provided what you're expecting is a glossy, obnoxious and thoroughly underwhelming ensemble comedy.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor
    42
    Babies are cute and expectant parents often aren't. That kind of sums up What to Expect When You're Expecting.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Connie Ogle Miami Herald
    50
    Remember when advice books stayed on the shelves where they belonged?
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephen Whitty Newark Star-Ledger
    50
    Director Kirk Jones and screenwriters Shauna Cross and Heather Hach consistently fall back on corny music and slow-motion to try to get laughs. Very little of this movie feels risky, or even frisky.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • S. Jhoanna Robledo Common Sense Media
    40
    All-star cast headlines bawdy, inconsistently funny comedy.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    17
    There's a brief, angelic moment near the end, with the mothers aglow, the fathers proud, and the babies gurgling that almost makes one forget that this is a brutally predictable, wildly unfunny film. Almost.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dave White Movies.com
    40
    None of it's really funny, nothing observed feels fresh, nothing shown hasn't been shown before.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jim Slotek Jam! Movies
    20
    Once the finest hack minds in Hollywood finished fleshing out this project, they took the pregnancy-is-hard message and matched it up to characters with the hubris to believe otherwise. With (un)hilarious results.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matthew Razak Flixist.com
    35
    The closest they come to a minority is Jennifer Lopez adopting a black baby, which is about as much of a minority experience as getting a taxi easily in New York.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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