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. 88
    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. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    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. 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.

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