Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
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  1. It's the chemistry between the stars that makes the film stand out in a drab spring.
  2. Best when skewering New Age entrepreneurs for what might be called Compassionate Capitalism. Steve Martin is sublime as Kate's boss, Barry, purveyor of organic food and Zen koans.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    Even though Kinnear is meant to be obvious love interest, it's the relationship between Kate and Angie that becomes the film's central story, making this comedy sweeter -- and more honest in its depiction of class difference -- than one might otherwise expect.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    Though the competition hasn't exactly been stiff, Fey and Poehler may well be the best female comedy duo since Lucy and Ethel.
  5. 75
    In this era of Apatow and Ferrell and Rogen and Wilson, of men monopolizing movie comedy, Baby Mama feels absurdly momentous, and even political. Fey and Poehler aren't just taking back control of their bodies. They're taking back control of their profession.
  6. Although the big picture itself gets mushy, the small moments, especially involving Fey, are sharp.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Fey is a delight to watch throughout.
  8. 70
    An essentially sweet-natured picture that doesn't go as far as it could.
  9. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    70
    This is a comedy with the old-time blend of wit and sentiment. Years from now, when you stumble across it on TV, you could persuade yourself that, back in the two-thousand-oughts, they made pretty good movies.
  10. 63
    Surely, if Fey herself had written Baby Mama, this mild cross between "Baby Boom" and "The Odd Couple" would not be so crushingly predictable.
  11. 63
    There's nothing terribly wrong with Baby Mama but it's probably better suited for viewing on television, where many of the participants cut their teeth. This is small screen stuff masquerading as something bigger.
  12. Baby Boom serves up plenty of smart, knowing laughs early on, but by the time it hits the third act (or would that be trimester?), it barely crawls to the finish line.
  13. 60
    There are gags and scraps of action that give the movie fits of buoyancy, and these tend to come not so much from the younger, eager performers as from the old hands.
  14. The movie hardly allows itself any sharp moments at all -- it's much too sweet-natured to be cruel, and much too cheerful to be angry. It probably could have pushed a few more buttons, but Baby Mama aims to please and succeeds.
  15. In a pleasing contrast to Fey's sharpness, Poehler keeps her performance unpredictable and fuzzy. In this just-add-water comedy, a very funny movie star is born.
  16. 58
    It's not without laughs--Poehler and Fey, as ever, have strong chemistry, and there's a truly bizarre scene in which Martin offers Fey a strange "reward" for a job well done--but there's a lot of arid space between them.
  17. Writer/director Michael McCullers sprinkles the film with sight gags and comic characters (the lisping birth coach becomes funny out of sheer doggedness), but his pacing is poor and doesn't know how to showcase the small-screen chemistry of Fey and Poehler on the big screen.
  18. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    50
    Ultimately, that's all this shrugging disappointment is: a "Saturday Night Live" sketch stretched a good hour past its breaking point of no return.
  19. Midway through I started wondering why I wasn't laughing more. "Baby Mama" was not written by Fey and/or Poehler, which may be the reason.
  20. 50
    For those who crave mannerisms and shtick and like their jokes set up and knocked out with plenty of arrows and quote marks, Baby Mama may fall flat. But audiences alive to the modest charms of its take on female friendship will be rewarded with at least a few quiet chuckles.
  21. The film never comes fully to term, as it were: the visual style is sitcom functional, and even the zippiest jokes fall flat because of poor timing. But, much like the prickly, talented Ms. Fey, it pulls you in with a provocative and, at least in current American movies, unusual mix of female intelligence, awkwardness and chilled-to-the-bone mean.
  22. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    50
    Baby Mama is the most disappointing movie of the year so far--which, granted, isn't saying a lot in mid-April.
  23. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    50
    Baby Mama is rescued by two scene-stealing veterans: Sigourney Weaver as the smug, patrician owner of the surrogate company, and a priceless, ponytailed Steve Martin as the self-infatuated New Age owner of Round Earth. These two aren't onscreen a lot, but the movie seems most fully alive when they are.
  24. The show is redeemed by its co-stars, up to a point. They struggle womanfully, and sometimes successfully, to find truth in the script's silly symphony of false notes.
  25. 50
    The script favors routine "Odd Couple" gags over the sort of comic contemplation of motherhood a writer like Fey might have brought to the subject.
  26. 50
    Just amusing enough to provoke a few chuckles and just short enough to keep you from glancing at your watch.
  27. 50
    By the time it reaches its supposedly crowd-pleasing finale, Baby Mama may have self-respecting comedy fans (and even Tina Fey fans) crying uncle.
  28. Poehler is the life of the party and steals just about every scene, although there's not much to steal.
  29. Sporadically funny, bland, talent-wasting junk.
  30. You could blast for it, and you still won't find 30 uninterrupted seconds of truth in Baby Mama. The characters are lies. Their emotional workings are lies. The jokes are based on lies about human behavior.
  31. 50
    There’s a lot of talent up there on the screen, and some authentic laughs, but too much of it is comedy territory that was claimed long ago.
  32. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    40
    Just like it is in the world of "SNL" that Fey, Poehler, and McCullers sprang from, the choice gets made time and again to aim not for the high road but for the great, big, fat, juicy, unchallenging, uncontroversial middle ground, where everybody’s laughing but nothing is all that funny.
  33. Reviewed by: Ryan Stewart
    38
    An exhausting 90 minutes of SNL-centric mediocrity that gives one the nagging feeling that Tina Fey's inability to cut the cord is going to quickly start to cool interest in her upcoming projects.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. Bobbi
    May 2, 2008
    5
    Steve Martin was terrific, but the rest of the movie was pretty much contrived and without direction or purpose. The acting quality Steve Martin was terrific, but the rest of the movie was pretty much contrived and without direction or purpose. The acting quality wasn't really bad, as the actors and actresses were doing the best they could to turn a poorly written script into something. Full Review »
  2. DebbieN.
    Apr 28, 2008
    5
    I thought tina & amy where great together, but the movie was so boring... it could have been over in 15 mins.
  3. NickB.
    Apr 27, 2008
    6
    I am an absolute Tina Fey and Amy Poehler fan. I was happy to see some great bits, but the movie as a whole was quite disappointing. If you I am an absolute Tina Fey and Amy Poehler fan. I was happy to see some great bits, but the movie as a whole was quite disappointing. If you really want to see great performances from Fey and Poehler, check out 30 rock and Upright Citizens Brigade, respectively. As far as Baby Mama is concerned, catch it when it plays on TV. And had the film been written by Fey it would have suited her much better - as in 30 rock or Mean Girls where her wit is on better display. Full Review »