User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 36
  2. Negative: 7 out of 36
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  1. ShawnG.
    Sep 26, 2003
    10
    This is one of the funniest movies I've seen in quite some time, and I recommend it highly. I cannot figure out WHAT movie the NY Post or Portland Oregonian, reviewers in particular, were watching!
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50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 31
  2. Negative: 5 out of 31
  1. Runs into construction problems, maybe from too many foremen. DeVito favors pushy slapstick; Stiller prefers hotshot sarcasm. Barrymore's comic talents are wasted; she's there for decoration.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard James Havis
    50
    More demanding viewers hoping for the cruel wit of DeVito's "Throw Momma From the Train" or "The War of the Roses" will likely be disappointed by its lack of comic bite.
  3. 50
    Looks and sounds like a black comedy, but by the time DeVito reaches the cutesy, nonsensical ending, he's lost the will to follow through on it.