Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33

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  1. So wonderfully odd, even spiritual, that audiences won't be able to do anything but smile.
  2. Among the funniest and most satisfying films I've seen in years.
  3. Turns the tricks of psychology into duplicitous high play.
  4. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    A feeling movie, a mood movie, an evocation of the kind of interaction we sometimes hunger for.
  5. A crowd-pleasing ensemble piece, whose story goes exactly where you want it to.
  6. 80
    It's witty, entertaining, often funny as hell and even, at times, surprisingly wise about the human condition.
  7. 80
    How refreshing it is to see a studio picture where plot development is revealed not so much by grandiose action as by the small, interior shifts that are witnessed through a character's eyes.
  8. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    The performances are disarming and Mumford is the kind of comedy that grows on you if you give it a chance.
  9. This good-natured comedy serves up plenty of laughs while suggesting that the best experts in human psychology are plain old humans.
  10. 75
    Agreeably entertaining, peppered with rich laughs and very nice actorly touches.
  11. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    This eccentric fairy tale with the feel of "Our Town" has a number of remarkable performances.
  12. A flyweight, humongously entertaining ensemble number.
  13. On a direct line with the whimsical small-town comedies of the '40s and '50s.
  14. Kasdan ends up with an intellectually dishonest movie about intellectual dishonesty.
  15. A sort of thinking-person's cornball movie.
  16. At heart a Frank Capra-style social fable for the '90s.
  17. 64
    Despite impeccable performances, this is bloodless, ho-hum stuff.
  18. 63
    Kasdan has assembled a stellar cast of supporting players to lend this low-key tale some interest.
  19. 63
    Kasdan hasn't lost his touch at gathering terrific ensemble casts, although the performances are uneven.
  20. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    Goes out of its way to suppress most natural dramatic conflict, so it's left to the actors to carry the day.
  21. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    All fleeting charm where it could have been one of the most memorable films of the decade.
  22. Those who enjoy the old-fashioned Hollywood pleasure of seeing divergent threads neatly pulled together will be more than satisfied.
  23. Reviewed by: Laura Miller
    Features one of the rare complex portraits of a therapist.
  24. 50
    Mumford is good for a few chuckles and not nearly as egregious or cloying as it might have been.
  25. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Sara Wildberger
    A little like a secular, more sophisticated "Touched by an Angel" episode.
  26. I enjoyed this while it lasted, especially for the cast.
  27. 40
    Seems as though its reach is always exceeding its grasp...partly because Kasdan spreads himself a bit thin amongst the nine major characters he's working with.
  28. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Kasdan's direction here is even less energized than his writing.
  29. Watching this string of sketches about small town wackos is like channel surfing a heavy sitcom zone.
  30. 40
    Comes straight out of the Forrest Gump School of Interpersonal Magic, and that's not necessarily a good thing.
  31. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    A fine case ... but none weighty enough to keep this fluff from evaporating as you watch it.
  32. 25
    If a good laugh is needed on the next trip to the theater, please avoid this quack.

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