Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. 50
    It proceeds so deliberately from one plot point to the next that we want to stand next to the camera, holding up cards upon which we have lettered clues and suggestions.
  2. 50
    Deliver us from directors who think that asking cast members to overact is the only way he can cover us the numerous ludicrous weaknesses of his screenplay.
  3. Melvin Van Peebles wrote and directed the biting "Don't Play Us Cheap" 30 years ago to complain about racial stereotyping in films. But Hollywood never listened. It kept playing African -Americans cheap in mainstream comedies, whether the directors were white or black. Deliver Us From Eva -- is one of the worst recent offenders.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    It would have been nice if Hardwick had a bigger budget for retakes to work out some of the supporting actors' stiffness, but he does keep the story moving, finding the humor in characters caught up in their own machinations rather than cheap wisecracks.
  5. 67
    The film’s major drawback is the broad strokes with which the henpecked trio of males is presented -- they’re not quite caricatures, but their individual quirks feel as though they were cribbed from other, better films.
  6. Presents itself as a sassy twist on "Taming of a Shrew," but what looks like just another contrived sex comedy becomes, surprisingly, an insightful and sensitive look at knots that family ties create in adult romance.
  7. Union, who looks so chic and can talk so bitchy-funny, doesn't so much establish a character as roll out a series of attitudes. That's all she's called on to do. That's all anyone is called on to do: Be very tame, and make much ado about zilch.
  8. Flows smoothly, looks great and probably cost lots less than it looks. One can't help resist saying it delivers the goods.
  9. 60
    Hardwick doesn't have the chops yet to give the movie the caffeinated zip that it needs to really fly. There are too many dull, flat stretches…(however) the soundtrack kicks ass.
  10. If Deliver Us From Eva is amusing, it is not uproarious.
  11. 30
    Hardwick switches gears from wacky comedy to romantic drama about halfway through Deliver Us, but it's too late, and what follows is far too dull to make any difference.
  12. 75
    A welcome respite from verbal nastiness and sexual cynicism. It's nice to see characters who enjoy falling in love, even if it's to a schmaltzy light-soul score.
  13. Union is a brilliant spitfire, though one wishes the script had been run past an English major. But the movie's flaws are smoothed over by a rousing soundtrack, some excellent comic performances and the star-making moves of LL Cool J.
  14. Lightweight, likable buppie romantic comedy.
  15. 63
    It lands the characters in a shambles of farce, melodrama and forced chivalry. For all its promise and accomplishment, the screenplay, like Eva, needs a knight on a white horse.
  16. 50
    May be dumb, but it must be noted that the screenwriters of this slight, silly comedy have borrowed from the best.
  17. Reviewed by: Megan Lehmann
    Scriptwriters behind Deliver Us From Eva obviously expended all their creative energy on the catchy title and then promptly ran out of steam.
  18. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Dawdles amiably and can't quite decide what it wants to be.
  19. In every way but one, this is just another genre pic on another mundane outing.
  20. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Well-cast relationship comedy-drama is played too broadly in the early going, but gradually settles into a more appealing groove as a glossy date-movie.
  21. 40
    As wrathful health inspector, possessed choir director, and general castrating angel, Union wrecks store with a slew of ass-chapping teardowns that would make Cam'ron curdle.
  22. Not that there aren't funny moments in the film, but they're cobbled together so awkwardly that you'd never suspect the director had made a film before.
  23. One-dimensional archetypes, too much predictability and not enough comedy.
  24. 30
    So stale and complacent that it could be a rerun of "Love American Style."
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Aug 8, 2014
    *sigh* A good movie with a terrible and utterly illogical ending. The strongest aspect of this movie was the performance of LL Cool J's and*sigh* A good movie with a terrible and utterly illogical ending. The strongest aspect of this movie was the performance of LL Cool J's and Gabrielle Union character, the negative aspect were the ending. This movie had its comedic moments which I thought were done, despite contrary belief. Full Review »
  2. Apr 29, 2013
    Eva is a huge waste of money.
  3. AndrewS.
    Jan 17, 2006
    Although probably not a direct descendant of "The Taming of the Shrew" the way the equally hilarious "Smiles of a Summer Night" (Bergman) was Although probably not a direct descendant of "The Taming of the Shrew" the way the equally hilarious "Smiles of a Summer Night" (Bergman) was of "A Midsummer Night's Dream", this beautiful comedy ranks as high as that classic film for writing, acting and cinematography. I want to see a lot more of the brilliantly funny actors in this emsemble. Full Review »