Jersey Girl


Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 35
  2. Negative: 9 out of 35

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Critic Reviews

  1. 88
    Liv Tyler is a very particular talent who has sometimes been misused by directors more in love with her beauty than with her appropriateness for their story. Here she is perfectly cast.
  2. 88
    Eloquent and unapologetically cute.
  3. 80
    Has more heart up on the screen than any film I’ve seen in recent years. I mean, we’re talking sappy, sweet, heart wrenching sentimentality.
  4. 75
    It's an unabashedly square picture, and proud of it. It is also a warm, funny, earnest movie, a stand-up exercise in a kind of Hollywood melodrama -- the feel-good weepie -- that has long been out of fashion.
  5. 70
    Though Smith loses many of his past efforts' familiar trappings--Jay and Silent Bob are now confined to the production-company logo--Jersey Girl plays to Smith's strengths like no film since "Clerks."
  6. The minute the movie flashes forward seven years and Castro takes over as Affleck's grade-school-age daughter: The whole enterprise suddenly becomes rather charming.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Smith is looking more and more like a developing major talent, so it could be years until we get a handle on this movie's legacy. The film is not only defensible as a cute one-shot, but also as a positive sign for the future.
  8. Jersey Girl is an oddity, hard to dislike but impossible to buy.
  9. The biggest problem with Jersey Girl may not be exactly its fault; what is up there on the screen is cute and funny and heartfelt, even if it is unflinchingly formulaic.
  10. 60
    As an ode to fatherhood, Jersey Girl is sweet without being particularly deep; but Smith is really onto something when he nudges against the ways in which the geographic landscape of a life merges with the genetic one.
  11. 60
    Overall it's an enjoyable cruise down the Garden State Parkway, and Affleck and Castro are charming companions.
  12. For all of its good-natured guff, Jersey Girl chooses uncomplicated sentiment over the messy complications of real life.
  13. Mainly bad, and a shockingly bland departure from a hitherto spunky guy.
  14. The film's overall construction is faulty. Its dramatic situations ring consistently false, and the story is phony as anything off the Hollywood assembly line. And yet, it's sincere phony.
  15. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Jersey Girl may have come from his soul, but it contradicts the charm of a Kevin Smith movie.
  16. 50
    A lackluster melodrama with only a few inspired moments.
  17. Smith stumbles setting up dramatic confrontations and strains credibility a time or two with implausible moments.
  18. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    A bland slab of sentimental hokum that proves even the most smart-alecky of indie auteurs can turn warm and fuzzy on occasion.
  19. 50
    Affleck is modest and engaging, which keeps the movie out of "Gigli" territory. But it's close.
  20. In Jersey Girl, Kevin Smith wears his heart on his sleeve - and on his pants, socks, boxers and backward-facing baseball cap.
  21. Smith has called friend Ben Affleck his muse, and this picture is just as bland and superficially pleasant as its star.
  22. 50
    Combines absurd male fantasy and grating chick-flick cliche.
  23. For some four fifths of its length, Jersey Girl is as square as a turnpike-diner place mat.
  24. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    Sweet, formulaic entertainment, but occasionally clunky.
  25. Smith used to make movies to make fun of movies like Jersey Girl; now he's just another guy working the assembly line, which won't make you a sell-out if no one buys it.
  26. It might have been a marketing nightmare, but if Lopez and Tyler had switched roles, it would have been a better movie.
  27. If Affleck stumbles, Smith's script does nothing to catch his fall. Surprisingly, Smith's truest talent – that of writing – is Jersey Girl's weakest link.
  28. The film oozes sentimentality, soap-opera bathos and clumsy cribbings from the Frank Capra book of small-town values. Those are its good points.
  29. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    Aware of its awfulness.
  30. 30
    Both stars are atrocious -- but the real blame for this cosmically self-indulgent disaster lies with Kevin Smith, who directs like a proud father who can't stop showing you pictures of his kids. And here's the thing: The brats are ugly.
  31. Despite that frisson of naughtiness and the occasional smile, Jersey Girl is overall too bland to hold our interest.
  32. The filmmaker drowns his trademark edgy stew of smutty humor, stiff acting and dime-store insight into human nature with a gravy of glutinous bathos, making for a singularly unpalatable dish.
  33. Sadly, Mr. Smith has made a movie so false and blatantly icky that it's the film equivalent of making goo-goo noises and chucking a baby under the chin for 103 minutes. At the end, all you're left with is drool and a mountain of baby powder.
  34. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    The nadir of the movie -- or cheesy zenith -- is Ollie's sodden soliloquy, delivered in the presence of his baby, in which he laments the loss of her mother and his wife. All that's missing are the strains of Ravel's "Pavane For a Dead Princess."
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 35
  2. Negative: 6 out of 35
  1. TarasE.
    Jun 30, 2008
    Simply great.
  2. JanetteF.
    Sep 29, 2007
    A movie with a heart.
  3. Kevin
    Sep 19, 2008
    While "Jersey Girl" certainly doesn't break any new ground, it is heartfelt and overwhelmingly cute. In the lighter, humorous moments, While "Jersey Girl" certainly doesn't break any new ground, it is heartfelt and overwhelmingly cute. In the lighter, humorous moments, the film succeeds wonderfully, but everything falls apart in the sappy scenes. Full Review »