Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. Among the funniest and most satisfying films I've seen in years.
  2. So wonderfully odd, even spiritual, that audiences won't be able to do anything but smile.
  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. 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.
  7. 80
    It's witty, entertaining, often funny as hell and even, at times, surprisingly wise about the human condition.
  8. On a direct line with the whimsical small-town comedies of the '40s and '50s.
  9. This good-natured comedy serves up plenty of laughs while suggesting that the best experts in human psychology are plain old humans.
  10. This eccentric fairy tale with the feel of "Our Town" has a number of remarkable performances.
  11. A flyweight, humongously entertaining ensemble number.
  12. 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.
  13. Kasdan ends up with an intellectually dishonest movie about intellectual dishonesty.
  14. 75
    Agreeably entertaining, peppered with rich laughs and very nice actorly touches.
  15. At heart a Frank Capra-style social fable for the '90s.
  16. A sort of thinking-person's cornball movie.
  17. 64
    Despite impeccable performances, this is bloodless, ho-hum stuff.
  18. 63
    Kasdan hasn't lost his touch at gathering terrific ensemble casts, although the performances are uneven.
  19. 63
    Kasdan has assembled a stellar cast of supporting players to lend this low-key tale some interest.
  20. Reviewed by: Laura Miller
    Features one of the rare complex portraits of a therapist.
  21. 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.
  22. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    All fleeting charm where it could have been one of the most memorable films of the decade.
  23. Those who enjoy the old-fashioned Hollywood pleasure of seeing divergent threads neatly pulled together will be more than satisfied.
  24. 50
    A little like a secular, more sophisticated "Touched by an Angel" episode.
  25. 50
    Mumford is good for a few chuckles and not nearly as egregious or cloying as it might have been.
  26. I enjoyed this while it lasted, especially for the cast.
  27. 40
    Watching this string of sketches about small town wackos is like channel surfing a heavy sitcom zone.
  28. 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.
  29. 40
    Comes straight out of the Forrest Gump School of Interpersonal Magic, and that's not necessarily a good thing.

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