Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 32
  2. Negative: 6 out of 32
  1. 75
    Heartbreakers is "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" plus Gene Hackman as W.C. Fields. I guess that's enough to recommend it. It's not a great comedy, but it's a raucous one, hard-working and ribald, and I like its spirit.
  2. Heartbreakers is too long by a half-hour, and there are entire sketches (including a horrid nightclub sequence with Weaver trying to sing in Russian) that could be mercifully sacrificed.
  3. Lacks the kind of rhythm and snap to make it work -- and allows this fitfully entertaining romp to dribble on way too long.
  4. Never tickles your nasty bone, perhaps because, in an era when the gossip pages are dotted with news of celebrity prenups, the prospect of marriage as a route to instant fortune seems less scandalous than it does like business as usual.
  5. It's a sorry specimen if ever there was one, and could even stand as an argument for how the movies have deteriorated in recent years.
  6. 70
    Mirkin hits just the right note between naughty and raunchy.
  7. 70
    Although the film is a tad long, Mirkin ("Romy and Michele's High School Reunion") has managed to pull off a classy, gently funny movie in which no one throws up, a rare blessing these days.
  8. As Hollywood diversions go, this gleaming MGM release still leaves you wishing the filmmakers took as many risks as their grifters do.
  9. Naughty is an outdated word in an era of proud nastiness, but Heartbreakers has a slinky, teasing quality that recalls the dressed-up comedies of the studio era.
  10. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    Con-artist caper comedies are almost always piffle, but there's a fierce, cruel competition at the heart of Heartbreakers that gives it some bite.
  11. Heartbreakers' implausible level of comedy just grows tedious, as it's neither smartly witty nor full-throttle absurd.
  12. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    Overstays its welcome by at least a half-hour after never getting very high off the ground in the first place.
  13. Trust me, you'll want to leave these people to get on with their tedious scams alone.
  14. 30
    Heartbreakers gives redemption a bad name, but gives conniving misanthropy a worse one.
  15. What is the great Gene Hackman doing in the dingbat con-artist comedy Heartbreakers.
  16. Heartbreakers itself is something of a con game: an expensive imitation of older, better films from older, often better times.
  17. Crudely entertaining comedy.
  18. 50
    When the youngsters are out of the way and old pros Hackman and Weaver work, it's hard to really dislike Heartbreakers. Sometimes, it's even a little bit of harmless fun.
  19. 50
    The nasty, overlong and undisciplined sourball of a sex farce about a mother-daughter con team will nonetheless satisfy bigenerational libidinous fantasies.
  20. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    Cries out for the brisk pacing of a Sturges or a Wilder. As is, it's too lumpish, languid, and lukewarm to hit even the guilty pleasure zone.
  21. To its credit, Heartbreakers lives up to expectations. Almost.
  22. If you're going to serve up a half-baked idea, you might as well have Sigourney Weaver do the cooking.
  23. Despite its talented and/or attractive cast, Heartbreakers is an ugly movie: The kind that makes you feel slightly soiled afterwards.
  24. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    40
    Folks who are desperate to ogle Hewitt and Weaver probably can't be warned off this turkey.
  25. 40
    While in her earlier movies Jennifer Love Hewitt made an impression by spilling out of her tops, in this one she spills out of her clothes at both ends. This could, if one were feeling charitable, be construed as a broadening of her range.
  26. 50
    It's an obvious effort through and through, but that doesn't seem to dampen its ridiculous charm one bit.
  27. 33
    A limp and annoying picture.
  28. 70
    It's not a pretty picture, but it is a pretty funny one when Gene Hackman shows up as William B. Tensy, a Palm Beach tobacco tycoon.
  29. Despite its nasty facade, this comedy is surprisingly good-natured.
  30. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    50
    Hewitt's twin assets may be enough for a lot of moviegoers -- which may be the biggest con Heartbreakers pulls off.
  31. 50
    A sporadically amusing romp modeled on "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."
  32. There's nothing wrong with the structure of Heartbreakers, but David Mirkin's direction is woefully clumsy -- and the movie's tone is nasty.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Apr 29, 2011
    9
    Heartbreakers surprised me. Being a huge Jennifer Love Hewitt fan it was inevitable that I'd get around to this movie eventually but it was one of the last one's starring her that I saw. When I sat down to watch it I was expecting it to be like most of her movies, fun if a little lacking, but from the moment Heartbreakers opened I was thoroughly entertained. It has a great story, the acting of all the main characters (especially Hewitt and Weaver) is remarkably good, and the jokes are genuinely funny. I've re-watched the move several times since and it's kept me equally entertained each time. So if a movie is incredibly entertaining, hits all the notes it wants to hit, and has great acting to boot, it must be the perfect movie right? Well in this case, nearly. Full Review »
  2. Oct 9, 2010
    9
    Heartbreakers surprised me. Being a huge Jennifer Love Hewitt fan it was inevitable that I'd get around to this movie eventually but it was one of the last one's starring her that I saw. When I sat down to watch it I was expecting it to be like most of her movies, fun if a little lacking, but from the moment Heartbreakers opened I was thoroughly entertained. It has a great story, the acting of all the main characters (especially Hewitt and Weaver) is remarkably good, and the jokes are genuinely funny. I've re-watched the move several times since and it's kept me equally entertained each time. So if a movie is incredibly entertaining, hits all the notes it wants to hit, and has great acting to boot, it must be the perfect movie right? Well in this case, nearly. Full Review »