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  • Summary: In a comedy that explores when it's finally time to cut the apron strings, Diane Keaton stars as a mother whose loves knows no bounds or boundaries. (Universal)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 30
  2. Negative: 21 out of 30
  1. 75
    Despite being rooted firmly in "chick flick" territory (with a high "cuteness" index), it has the capacity to please to viewers of both genders who appreciate the genre.
  2. 50
    Any relationship between the world of Because I Said So and actual human behavior is purely coincidental.
  3. Because I Said So might have been sharper if it had focused on the mother/daughter relationship and didn't blunt its story with romantic comedy.
  4. A 105-minute cringe-a-thon that reduces the Katharine Hepburn of her generation to a sitcom harpy presiding over a brood of Valley Girl chicks.
  5. 25
    The search for true love is the backbone of romantic comedy as well as the lifeblood of, but this film's clumsy, completely inauthentic portrayal of it is handled in a shockingly tedious fashion.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    It's so derivative, unfunny and thuddingly bad that it's one of the more cringe-inducing movies of a genre chock-full of clunkers.
  7. This film bespeaks a truly startling mistrust of the movie audience, and, what's more, a disrespect for the feature film medium. Yes, of course it was conceived as an unpretentious entertainment pitched mainly to girls and young women. Yet that doesn't explain the nightmarish quality of the finished product.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 29
  2. Negative: 19 out of 29
  1. JamesH.
    Jul 1, 2007
    I wasn't expecting much at all of this poorly rated romantic comedy and it shocked me because I enjoyed it so much. I warmed to the characters and due to it's genre I do not expect a complex plot or a completely new storyline, what I care about is the characters and the directing. I found this a warm and enlightening film that left me with a smile on my face by the end. As long as you aren't expecting a complex and highly developed drama then I think you will be pleasantly surprised by this warm and uplifting film. Expand
  2. CamilleN.
    Feb 18, 2007
    I thought it was funny and witty. I thought it was enjoyable. I got some good laughs out of it. I enjoyed the cast.
  3. Sep 1, 2014
    A traditional Mother/Daughter relationship story for the screen. Not nearly as awful as critics out to be. Diane Keaton - great as ever with Mandy Moore. Expand
  4. SeraK.
    Feb 21, 2007
    I should have read the reviews before I took my mom to see this. I have never walked out of a movie--at this one, I RAN OUT!!!!!!!! It was absolutley AWFUL!!! Bad, bad acting (I wanted to slap hysterical Diane Keaton), full of cliches and unlikely dialogue, who's mother is this??? Who tells her mom at her sister's wedding that she is in fact upstairs having sex with a guest? Is this supposed to be cute and funny? I gave the film a 1 only because I liked the outfits and the interior design of the apartments. everything else about it is just a waste of the 2 days it looked like it took to write, film, and produce this film. Expand
  5. Nov 12, 2011
    There are to many good directors waiting for an opportunity to make great movies with great ideas, but Hollywood rather to make stupid movies like this one Expand
  6. JamesA
    Feb 1, 2007
    Saw an early viewing of this movie since my girlfriend begged me to bring her.... I've never had suicidal thoughts, but I knew if I walked out of this movie, I would never hear the end of it... However, if I died, I would no longer have to watch the movie, and best of all: no fighting. Honestly, this movie is "Something's Gotta Give", but worse. Horrible character development, over-the-top bad acting, horrendous writing... I really could beat this dead horse for a page or so, but you get the idea. Bottom line: If your girlfriend wants to see this movie, persuade her to wait for the DVD and take her to see "Dreamgirls", "The Queen", "Pan's Labyrinth", or something that is worth your 10 bucks. Thankfully, my only loss is time. Expand
  7. PaulF.
    Feb 15, 2008
    This is the first movie I have ever, and I mean ever, that I have given the score of 0 to a movie. Usually I would reserve such a rating for the blunder of leaving the lens cover on the camera before shooting. And rarely do i write a review a movie because I did not like it but this movie I hated so much I could not resist to give others warning to stay away from this poor excuse for a movie. It took me less than five minutes watching before I took this movie out of the player and back into the jacket. !!!WARNING SPOILER!!! To illustrate just how horrible this movie was I will describe the opening scenes. The movie starts out with a mother at her daughters reception along with her other daughter she is trying to fix up. She sees a handsome man in the distance and points out this among others facts to her daughter. She warns her daughter not to laugh the way she does when she gets nervous because she sounds like a pig. So far it seems super fiscal and slightly too involved which is what the movie is about so I continue watching. The next scene is the mother getting a phone call from her daughter. The daughter is in her slip upstairs still at the reception with the man she just met less than a hour ago. His bare feet are prompt up humming waiting to get it on. Her mother reminds her that this man is financially well off. When her daughter baulks her mother reminds her that one of her breasts is smaller than the other which triggers her daughters insecurity to go ahead and have sex with this man. I understand this movie is about a mother being over controlling but this just goes over the top. This is not just about simply funny dysfunctional but seriously psychologically disturbed behavior. I felt this movie made light of something that should have been portrayed as a serious offense. In my opinion not the best role model of movies. Expand

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