Jersey Girl

Metascore
43

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. It might have been a marketing nightmare, but if Lopez and Tyler had switched roles, it would have been a better movie.
  2. 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.
  3. The film oozes sentimentality, soap-opera bathos and clumsy cribbings from the Frank Capra book of small-town values. Those are its good points.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    30
    Aware of its awfulness.
  5. 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.
  6. Despite that frisson of naughtiness and the occasional smile, Jersey Girl is overall too bland to hold our interest.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    10
    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
7.1

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
    10
    Simply great.
  2. JanetteF.
    Sep 29, 2007
    10
    A movie with a heart.
  3. Kevin
    Sep 19, 2008
    4
    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 »