Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Garlin's directing has little pacing, and many of the borderline gags could have been salvaged with some sharper editing. And there's a shocking amount of jokes and situations that just don't work.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Dec 21, 2010
    Having been a huge Jeff Garlin fan for years, especially after seeing him on Curb Your Enthusiasm, I was surprised to see this little self-written and self-directed nugget from him and a similar band of improv's best in Sarah Silverman, Amy Sedaris, Richard Kind, Dan Castellaneta and quite possibly my favorite overall entertainer, Bonnie Hunt. The premise of the movie is real and precious. Knowing that he wrote this and the fact that his character's acting background seems very similar to his own acting background, I can't help but think this was rooted at some real-life feelings and experiences. It's an adorable, sometimes sad, view of love later in life. The ending was a bit sudden and took me off guard, but it was precious nonetheless. Full Review »
  2. ChadS.
    Apr 18, 2008
    Before Beth(Sarah Silverman) agrees to sleep with James (Jeff Garlin), she insists that the Second City comedian throw her out of his apartment. Beth is adamant. And then a fleeting thought: this is just like Dorothy Vallens(Isabella Rosselini) in "Blue Velvet", when she orders Jeffrey Beaumont(Kyle McLachlan) to hit her. Echoes of Woody Allen is easy to detect in "I Want Somebody to Eat Cheese With", in particular, the final scene between Garlin and Silverman, which is a correction of sorts to the face-to-face meeting that never happened between Woody Allen and Mariel Hemmingway in "Manhattan", since this time, the right heart is broken. Or maybe, nebbish guys are just hotter than fat guys. But that's beside the point. "I Want Somebody to Eat Cheese With" suggests what a romantic-comedy directed by David Lynch might look like. Instead of meet cute, Jeff and Beth meet strange, in an ice cream parlour, which plays like a scene straight out of "Twin Peaks"(the series, not "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me"). And then there's the surreal casting behind "Marty", the remake of the Ernest Borgnine film that James wanted to star in. In real life, there's only one "Marty", and that's filmmaker Martin Scorsese. James is "The King of Comedy". When he sleeps with Beth, the line that Robert DeNiro(as Rupert Pupkin) delivers in the story's denouement is sort of befitting here, which went like this: "But I figure it this way: better to be king for a night, than schmuck for a lifetime." James might not be "The King of Comedy", but he certainly qualifies to be the "King of Pain". The film's tone is strange for a comedy. I think it's intentional. Full Review »
  3. XavierP.
    Sep 22, 2007
    Just alright movie. Something's missing. Could have been great.