Maid in Manhattan

Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 32
  2. Negative: 6 out of 32

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Critic Reviews

  1. Not only is there no magnetism between Fiennes and Lopez, he's a lead balloon and she's helium-filled. Happily, their odd chemistry doesn't sink this fairy tale.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    It's Lopez who's the proper focus of this dream. So intent has she been on becoming a superstar in the past few years that many people have forgotten that, given decent material, she can act.
  3. 75
    There won't be a person in the audience who can't guess exactly how it will turn out. Yet it goes through its paces with such skill and charm that, yes, I enjoyed it.
  4. A bit smarter than it seems at first glance, and ends up being a rather colorful and fascinating -- and often imaginatively Capraesque.
  5. Despite a continuity problem or two, this is one of those rare contemporary romantic comedies that actually work.
  6. 63
    As an actress, Lopez is a bit stiff, as she has been in all of her movies save "Out of Sight." It really doesn't matter much here, given the sparks between her and Fiennes and the fact that the role is pretty much form-fitted to her public persona.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Were the material not so thin, it would be even more fun than it is seeing Fiennes get to be loose on screen for once. He's pleasant, but we never feel this guy could get elected. Whenever he smiles, Fiennes brings to mind the title of Disney's deluxe new DVD: "The Complete Goofy."
  8. 60
    It's a warm, if pallid, romantic comedy that may not do much more to burnish Lopez's reputation, but will certainly not bruise it.
  9. Reviewed by: Rich Cline
    60
    This is by the books in every way, funny and undemanding ... and also rather sweet and heartwarming.
  10. A pleasant experience, if not the dazzling entertainment Lopez fans were hoping for.
  11. This fairy-tale shtick, even when dressed up with a little class-war garnish, is hard to swallow.
  12. Ralph Fiennes has faced a lot of acting challenges in his career, but playing a New York Republican who could win an endorsement from Susan Sarandon might be the toughest. Mostly, he handles the task by simply smiling warmly throughout, and gets away with it.
  13. No maid, and no fancy lady either, would swoon for a fellow as damp as the hero so grudgingly coughed up by Fiennes. In the words of Cinderellas everywhere, no effin' way.
  14. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    50
    Unlike Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman," Lopez seems a little too comfortable in her new duds, which prevents the audience from rooting for her with passion, rather than just appreciation.
  15. As saccharine as it is disposable.
  16. J-Lo, Ralph-Lower, Movie-Subterranean.
  17. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    Gets into trouble when it reaches for laughs.
  18. What the movie lacks is spark and sizzle. There's no palpable chemistry between Lopez and male lead Ralph Fiennes, plus the script by "Working Girl" scribe Kevin Wade is workmanlike in the extreme.
  19. 50
    The comedy part of the equation is awfully mild, however. This is a movie that aims for warm smiles rather than belly laughs.
  20. A Cinderella story with star appeal going for it and everything else against it.
  21. 50
    Wang loses himself in an old-fashioned script that tries to recall the classic screwball ensembles of Golden Age Hollywood, but lacks the cascading wit to pull it off.
  22. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Kim Morgan
    42
    A picture that could have bordered on classy screwball if written wittier, acted sexier and filmed shinier.
  23. 40
    Everything about it, except the valiantly lifelike Lopez, feels stiff and robotic and mindlessly crowd-pleasing, as if it were a comedy made by a committee instead of a human being.
  24. It's a case of persona overwhelming presence, and the butterscotch smoothness that was such an asset opposite George Clooney's glittering cool in "Out of Sight" is all but lost in the sheen of this high-gloss production.
  25. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    40
    Maid in Manhattan is not so much a movie as a collection of career moves. J. Lo needs a comedy hit to support her principal activity, adorning magazine covers. Fiennes needs to warm his austere British image if he hopes to become a true international star.
  26. 38
    This isn't just typical, unchallenging Hollywood drek -- it's typical, unchallenging Hollywood drek made by people who don't care, for people who don't care.
  27. Plays like something Dr. Phil and "Sex and the City's" Carrie Bradshaw might have written during a commercial break, a feel-good fantasy that sounds deep but has no more depth than a kiddie pool drained for winter.
  28. 30
    Really, any wit at all would have helped balance the playful but crass butt-seeking money shots.
  29. To say that the film is unenjoyable would be an overstatement; a good time can be had counting the number of reassuringly stock characters it offers up.
  30. 25
    A devastating lack of romantic connection between its two stars. Lopez had more chemistry with "Enough" co-star Billy Campbell, and for most of that film they were beating the hell out of each other.
  31. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    20
    J.Lo should sue her handlers for damages.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 8 out of 21
  1. Sep 4, 2014
    7
    A story wholly worthwhile--and Jennifer Lopez's finest performance to date. Maid in Manhattan is a unique look at interchanging social classesA story wholly worthwhile--and Jennifer Lopez's finest performance to date. Maid in Manhattan is a unique look at interchanging social classes surrounding one fabulous Manhattan hotel. Full Review »
  2. May 1, 2014
    5
    Maid in Manhattan is a completely predictable, sappy farce, and an okay one at that, but it is memorable. Fiennes and Lopez don't have suchMaid in Manhattan is a completely predictable, sappy farce, and an okay one at that, but it is memorable. Fiennes and Lopez don't have such good chemistry, but the direction isn't horrible; the flaws in the movie are mostly the fault of the clich├ęd story. Full Review »
  3. Nov 17, 2013
    0
    It sucks. I can't believe someone can make a movie so crappy, it's one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I have no friggin idea howIt sucks. I can't believe someone can make a movie so crappy, it's one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I have no friggin idea how someone can say it was a good movie. Full Review »