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  • Summary: Lester is an occasional substitute teacher and he's very jealous. He is jealous about the last boyfriend of his slightly wacky current partner Ramona - arrogant bestselling author Dashiell. Lester joins Dashiell's therapy group under an alias to find out if Dashiell still has any feelings for her.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Apr 16, 2013
    88
    A deceptively light and impeccably structured comedy that owes a clear cinematic debt to others -- Ernst Lubitsch, Woody Allen and Whit Stillman among them -- yet still manages to speak with a fresh and distinctive voice. [21 Aug. 1998, p.D4]
  2. Reviewed by: Ellen Futterman
    Apr 16, 2013
    75
    The climax is a little jiggy, almost stupid, given how sharp the dialogue and situations are until that point. It's as if Baumbach just ran out of steam. But given how much there is to like about the movie, its flaws are forgivable. Yes, it's a bit slow in places and talky but it's also funny. And much o f the humor is subtle and smart and nicely calibrated. [19 June 1998, p.E3]
  3. Reviewed by: Sara Wildberger
    Apr 16, 2013
    75
    The comedy of errors that ensues sometimes slides into Seinfeld territory -- not that there's anything wrong with that -- but the subtlety of the performances combined with graceful retro filmmaking touches and wry narration keep it well above sitcom level. [1 July 1998, p.2D]
  4. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 16, 2013
    63
    The writer/director may have a deep understanding of his material, but Mr. Jealousy doesn't offer anything original or remarkable, and, while what the film is saying often strikes a responsive chord, that alone isn't enough to earn it an enthusiastic recommendation.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Apr 16, 2013
    63
    The ensemble quality is high and likable, even if Baumbach's inventiveness as a writer falters after the film's sweet, savvy beginning. [12 June 1998]
  6. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Apr 16, 2013
    50
    Where the movie goes wrong is that it sets itself up as a study of a pathological personality but never delivers.
  7. Reviewed by: Bruce Fretts
    Apr 16, 2013
    33
    Have there ever been two less energetic stars than Eric Stoltz and Annabella Sciorra? Casting this diffident duo in an allegedly romantic comedy proves disastrous; they suck the air out of virtually every scene.

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