Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    90
    A triumph of indie casting of unknowns, Good Housekeeping is knee-deep in delicious thesping.
  2. 80
    In this uproarious and often scathing debut feature, writer-director Frank Novak charts the dissolution of a working-class marriage.
  3. 75
    Plunges far beneath Todd Solondz's territory and enters the suburbs of John Waters' universe in its fascination for people who live without benefit of education, taste, standards, hygiene and shame. I
  4. 70
    This white trash "War of the Roses" is a surprisingly engaging film.
  5. Reviewed by: Rich Cline
    60
    There are flashes of honest insight lurking under the film's rough, uneven surface.
  6. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    60
    The exaggerated white-trash environment and the naturalistic style mix poorly over time, giving off a stale odor that's funny in more ways than one.
  7. 60
    As broad and cartoonish as the screenplay is, there is an accuracy of observation in the work of the director, Frank Novak, that keeps the film grounded in an undeniable social realism.
  8. 50
    Though the performances are uniformly good -- Adams is a standout -- the movie plays like one long, meandering sketch inspired by the works of John Waters and Todd Solondz, rather than a fully developed story.
  9. Gives cinema vérité texture to a fictional story of trailer-trash dysfunction (minus the trailer).
  10. You don't see such feisty acting very often.
  11. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    30
    This loud and thoroughly obnoxious comedy about a pair of squabbling working-class spouses is a deeply unpleasant experience.
  12. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    20
    Too stupid to be satire, too obviously hateful to be classified otherwise, Frank Novak's irritating slice of lumpen life is as reliably soul-killing as its title is nearly meaningless. ("Good Housekeeping" magazine's legal muscle forced a last-minute change.)

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