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  • Summary: Stephanie Plum can't catch a break. At 30, she finds herself newly-divorced, recently laid-off, and living with her hamster in Trenton, N.J. Broke and desperate, she lands a job working for her slimy cousin and his bail bond business. In need of fast cash she latches on to his biggest case – a local cop wanted for murder who just happens to be the guy that broke her heart in high school. Stephanie gets resourceful and tough, as she is swept up in a suspenseful world of murder, deceit, with a bit of romance. (Lionsgate)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 14 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Jan 27, 2012
    58
    During a dinner with Stephanie's colorfully ethnic family, including a squandered Debbie Reynolds, the reaction shots arrive with bludgeoning regularity, and the soundtrack's burbling organ serves as an incessant reminder not to take anything seriously. Fortunately, there's no danger of that.
  2. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Feb 1, 2012
    40
    Wouldn't it make more sense on basic cable? Plum screen incarnate (and film producer) Katherine Heigl got her start in TV, on Roswell and Grey's Anatomy, and her public persona – a combination of prickliness and adoration-seeking that has famously grated on viewers' and critics' nerves alike – has historically played better there.
  3. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jan 27, 2012
    30
    An attempt to inaugurate a new movie franchise, something that might appeal to women and mystery fans. This is a perfectly sound ambition, but the movie, directed by Julie Anne Robinson from a script by Stacy Sherman, Karen Ray and Liz Brixius, is so weary and uninspired that it feels more like an exhausted end than an energetic beginning.
  4. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jan 27, 2012
    25
    It will have you groaning between yawns.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jan 28, 2012
    25
    I guess I can't call the movie sexist as it was largely produced, directed and written by women. So I'll settle for calling it dull, corny and amateurish instead.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jan 28, 2012
    20
    Flirty bickering is rampant but, courtesy of Heigl's inert performance, there's no heat or humor to the proceedings, just an avalanche of grating big-hair-and-bad-accent New Joisey caricatures.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jan 27, 2012
    0
    Everything in One for the Money rings cringingly false, from Heigl's absurd Snooki accent to Plum's romance with Joe Morelli, an Italian cop, played by – faith and begorrah – Jason O'Mara. To dismiss Julie Anne Robinson's direction as clueless would be a kindness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 8 out of 26
  1. Feb 5, 2012
    10
    I'm really having a hard time understanding the critics views on this, it was as true to the book as 1:46 can be to an 8 hour read. Fast paced, funny, well cast.. I'd vote 15 if I could, perhaps the critics are used to being paid off and the folks behind this failed to pay the toll. Interesting that last I looked it was #3 in $ at the box office,while running single digits in critical reviews. Maybe we need some critics with their finger on the pulse of movie viewers. Vote with your wallet, just go see it. Expand
  2. Jan 29, 2012
    10
    Have the critics who are giving these bad reviews actually READ any of these books? Katherine Heigl is GREAT as Stephanie Plum and the movie was fun to watch. Let's hope that this undeserved negativity won't ruin the chances that we can enjoy some more of our favorite Evanovich books on the big screen! Expand
  3. Jan 29, 2012
    10
    Enjoyed One for the Money. One of the better romantic comedies I've seen in some time, and my husband enjoyed it too. I don't understand the vituperation and bad reviews from critics. We see 1 or 2 movies a week & this was entertaining & good fun. Should be rated accordingly. Expand
  4. Jan 27, 2012
    7
    This was a fun movie. Nothing Oscar worthy, just a fun movie for people who have read the books. Katherine Heigl did a better job than I thought. Fun! Expand
  5. Jan 30, 2012
    5
    Only sat through this one because my wife is a huge fan of the books. Based on reviews, I expected to be gouging my eyes out within the first 10 minutes (like I do w/ the Twilight flicks I've been forced to watch). I won't be watching it a 2nd time, and really thinking I'll suggest she sees any sequels with friends rather than her husband. That said, this wasn't nearly as awful as some of the reviews would have you believe. It's predictable, not sure how to balance the reality of the story with the desire to be lighthearted and fun. Maybe my tolerance is due to the fact that my wife has been watching Twilight movies on an endless loop lately, and this wasn't as bad as those films. But for what this was intended to be, I don't think it was the worst way to spend 90 minutes. Expand
  6. Jan 27, 2012
    1
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    ONE FOR THE MONEY is awful in every possible way. It is a strong contender for my award as worst film of the year and we're still in
    January. Generally, I like Katherine Heigl but she is woefully miscast and so poorly directed that she seems to have wandered onto the wrong set . And she looks terrible, is poorly photographed ...and THAT HAIR! This is the first time I've been aware of Jason O'Mara and feel he has untapped potential for parts suited to Gerard Butler or Clive Owen. Director Julie Ann Robinson has some decent television directing credits which surprises me based on the evidence here. And...I hated the musical scoring blamed on Deborah Lurie. There are eight credited producers. They should all be ashamed of themselves for allowing this piece of crap to escape the movie theatres. Expand
  7. Jan 29, 2012
    0
    I LOVE Stephanie Plum series books and I hated this move. I thought it was miscast except for Sheri Shepherd. I was very disappointed in Stephanie, Morelli and Ranger. Totally unbelievable and Stephanie 's family were not funny and the books are laugh out loud funny. The story had no substance and I was bored within the first 5 minutes. Very disappointed... Expand

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