Monster-in-Law

Metascore
31

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 38
  2. Negative: 23 out of 38

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    50
    Imagine what someone like Danny DeVito might have done with the material, taking it in that darker "War of the Roses" direction instead of languishing in this sunny, not-nearly-sinister-enough "Legally Blonde" territory.
  2. 50
    By Hollywood standards, a movie carried with such gusto by a 67-year-old woman has to be considered a miracle. And I'm not sorry to say I enjoyed watching her do it.
  3. 50
    "Legally Blonde" director Robert Luketic bumbles along with typically clumsy blocking and framing, and the misogyny inherent in the three-ring spectacle of bitch slaps, barbiturate covert ops, and wedding plan hysteria does rankle.
  4. 50
    This is a gay men's movie whose primary function is to doll Fonda up like a drag queen and let her rip.
  5. It would take the dark wit of a Billy Wilder or a Coen brother--or at least a Neil Simon--to put across this kind of material.
  6. The movie briefly suggests Viola is an incestuous psychotic.
  7. As for Monster-in-Law, it's tripe on a plate.
  8. All I could think about while watching Jennifer Lopez prance through Monster-in-Law was how cool and poised she was in "Out of Sight."
  9. Ultimately one flat-footed beast.
  10. 40
    Fonda and Sykes are made for each other, and their incessant bickering and arguing are about the only things that give Monster-in-Law any life.
  11. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    40
    A note to Fonda: even thin, fabulous 67-year-olds shouldn't wear strapless gowns. It's scary.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 41
  2. Negative: 18 out of 41
  1. Jan 24, 2013
    6
    An entertaining film but with some dull moments.
  2. Apr 3, 2012
    3
    Jennifer Lopez is a total loser. Does she really think she can act???? Fonda was quite funny even with the stupid jokes she was given. MaybeJennifer Lopez is a total loser. Does she really think she can act???? Fonda was quite funny even with the stupid jokes she was given. Maybe if someone actually wrote the script with a little brain power it could have been better. Full Review »
  3. AngelicaG.
    Apr 2, 2008
    10
    It couldn't have been any better...now the real question is...is there going to be a part 2 to this movie?