Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
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  1. The romantic comedy about a divorced couple having an affair manages to be both light on its feet and heavy enough to deliver something of a message.
  2. It's Complicated isn’t: It’s pretty simple. It’s simply a good time.
  3. 75
    Ends up being one of the end-year's best sources of pure entertainment. And for those who believe laughter is the best medicine, there's more than a bellyful or two to be found here.
  4. 75
    Streep is in movie star mode, and she’s irresistible. But Baldwin achieves something not many men have been able to with Streep: You notice him.
  5. 75
    Funny even when it relies heavily on age-old, old-age gags.
  6. I enjoyed the spectacle of middle-aged people making spectacles of themselves.
  7. Both actors are a lot better than this material requires – or deserves.
  8. The result: a fun and sweet romantic comedy that lands comfortably on the smart side of vacant, along the way offering a pleasant and satisfying holiday diversion for the grown-ups in the room.
  9. What Meyers doesn't do is take chances. She sticks to formula and predictability. In "Complicated," this is as much a matter of casting as writing.
  10. 70
    The comedy approaches true hilarity only when Meyers resorts to the surefire gimmick of having the oldsters get massively stoned at a party, though Streep's dilemma is handled well enough for the movie to accumulate some gravitas as it nears the two-hour mark.
  11. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    70
    Just beneath this movie's gleaming high-end surfaces beats the heart of a classic screwball comedy.
  12. It's Complicated is middle-aged porn, the specialty of Meyers, who also set ladies and interior decorators drooling over homes and gardens in 2006's “The Holiday.”
  13. 67
    It’s Complicated is the sort of “mature” character piece the French do regularly and better (and without the need for quotation marks around “mature”), but the cast at least helps relieve some of the tidiness that belies the title.
  14. 63
    You don't have to feel guilty for lapping up this froth. Just don't expect nourishment.
  15. 63
    There's funny stuff here. We like everybody.
  16. 63
    It's Complicated is basically "Avatar" for women of a certain age, with blond highlights replacing blue skin.
  17. It's funny but (sorry, ladies) unrealistic that Jake continuously sneaks away from his young wife to canoodle with Jane. Baldwin is a blast, but the role requires him to indulge in indignities such as a naked webcam conversation.
  18. Pleasurable, daffy if at times daft.
  19. The movie's anchored by a strong lead performance and a steady sense of humor.
  20. The problem with It's Complicated, a romantic comedy about the menopausal crowd starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, is that it's not nearly complicated enough.
  21. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    50
    The sum is a comedy that starts out slow and talky, picks up speed - and sexiness, and hysterics - somewhere in the middle, then drags to a stop when everyone starts confessing their feeeelings.
  22. This is wish-fulfilment fantasy, where the laughs lie in sorting out an embarrassment of riches.
  23. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    It's Complicated is vacuous overall, although attractively packaged.
  24. After listening to Jane and Jake talk it out in the interminable process of working it out—they explore their relationship as exhaustively, and exhaustingly, as any kids on Facebook—I found myself wishing for more shallows and fewer depths.
  25. Baldwin and Streep do make the most of the situation, and their sparky chemistry provides the only real draw.
  26. Meyers has a good feel for contemporary comedy; it’s reality, however, that slips through her grasp.
  27. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    40
    It’s bad enough that Nancy Meyer’s latest conventional romcom is blessed with a title so bluntly unimaginative as to seem facetious; the rub is that it’s not even a truthful assessment.
  28. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    Cute and clever though the plot may be, everything is played out in the broadest possible terms without an iota of nuance or subtlety.
  29. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    40
    Like all Meyers’ films, it’s more about interior design porn than real human emotions and drags on for far too long. Still, Streep, Krasinski and Baldwin are so good, they almost make it work. Almost.
  30. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    20
    Watching this garish fiasco, I found it mildly depressing to see Streep hurdling through this gauntlet of strained whimsy, her every toothy smile and throaty chortle more affected than Sophie Zawistowski's Polish accent.
User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 126 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 53
  2. Negative: 12 out of 53
  1. JamesH
    Jun 2, 2010
    7
    Meryl Streep is magnificent, as she always is. Alec Baldwin is wonderfully cast and gives a memorable performance. Steve Martin is effective Meryl Streep is magnificent, as she always is. Alec Baldwin is wonderfully cast and gives a memorable performance. Steve Martin is effective in a subdued role. It Full Review »
  2. EggyG
    Feb 8, 2010
    8
    This movie is a big exciting dance between Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin....and I love every minute of it! The other casts, story, plot, and This movie is a big exciting dance between Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin....and I love every minute of it! The other casts, story, plot, and music are just nice entourage. Full Review »
  3. MarkJ
    Jan 18, 2010
    8
    Okay. Not everyone lives in Malibu and owns a French bakery catering to movie stars. Not everyone is a partner in an architectural firm Okay. Not everyone lives in Malibu and owns a French bakery catering to movie stars. Not everyone is a partner in an architectural firm specializing in million-dollar home improvements. Maybe Meryl Streep smiles and giggles a bit too much. But the comedy is, at least, inspired by some believable reality. Alec Baldwin is dead-on hilarious, Steve Martin is a charming leading man and Meryl Streep is light and lovable. Mark J. Full Review »