Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 32
  2. Negative: 20 out of 32
  1. A comedy murder mystery gone seriously astray, boasts an immensely talented cast .
  2. Each of the characters is dull and boorish instead of witty and urbane.
  3. Excuse me, but didn't Bette Midler already play this role?
  4. A funny comedy for about 90 seconds. Then Bette Midler goes off a cliff.
  5. There are enough mullets to win this movie a Stanley Cup.
  6. 25
    The bad-taste murder farce is just an excuse for a bunch of actors to go slumming and ride about in - ha, ha - Yugos.
  7. 20
    Is there anything so painful as a comedy whose every gag falls flat and then lies there, flopping like a dying flounder?
  8. 20
    The movie is flat-footed, and the pacing gives you time to rest between laughs.
  9. 20
    The only vaguely funny moments are courtesy William Fichtner, as the dead woman's husband, and Jamie Lee Curtis in full metal drag as his furtive squeeze.
  10. 20
    Bette Midler and Danny De Vito mug more shamelessly than usual.
  11. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    An endlessly contrived exercise in self-referential "black comedy", can't help but strike me as no kind of triumph of anything over anything.
  12. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    The script plays goofy games, stopping the action for Tarantino-style small talk; piling on alternate, "Rashomon"-style flashbacks; and divulging its characters' secrets in no particular order.
  13. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    There's a definite limit to the number of moron jokes we can absorb in 100 minutes, and their movie exceeds it.
  14. With a sneer and a wink, Drowning Mona plunges us into a fresh deluge of idiotic Americana .
  15. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    One imagines what the failed farce Drowning Mona would have been like in the hands of the Coen brothers.
  16. 10
    A dreary crash of malapropisms and slapstick maimings wrapped very loosely around a murder mystery.
  17. Reviewed by: Ted Gideonse
    As dumb as the film is, the actors escape relatively unscathed.
  18. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A white-trash black comedy, a caustic working-class whodunit in which the solution to the murder mystery takes a distant back seat to countless barbs and jibes tossed in the direction of the mostly imbecilic cast of characters.
  19. I watched Mona. I felt like drowning.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. BerthaFox-D.
    Sep 15, 2005
    This is a hillarious movie. It took a couple of viewings before I "got" it, but it's a great film. It reminds me of the Bonnie Bakely This is a hillarious movie. It took a couple of viewings before I "got" it, but it's a great film. It reminds me of the Bonnie Bakely trial. The woman was so despised that anyone who came in contact with her could have been culpable! Jamie Lee Curtis steals the show as a greasy spoon waitress who is having an affair with Mona's husband AND son! Worth seeing for sure! Full Review »