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46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 32
  2. Negative: 9 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    The smartest, funniest, most cleverly structured comedy of the year.
  2. I took it as a pretty piece of ephemera, and I must confess that I laughed a lot.
  3. Fun, if you're inclined toward cynicism, contempt, nihilism and cool stuff like that.
  4. First-time feature director Harald Zwart has a real flair for farce, and he keeps the outrageous high jinks of the script lively yet grounded in reality.
  5. Suggests a raunchier, cruder version of a Coen brothers comedy, but it's also a kind of honky-tonk "Rashomon."
  6. Reviewed by: Ted Mahar
    75
    It is a brisk and sometimes bizarre comedy; funny, yet able to accommodate several sudden deaths comfortably.
  7. A spirited, screwball crime-thriller with a sly heart.
  8. 63
    One Night at McCool's does not quite work, but it has a lot of fun being a near-miss.
  9. Reviewed by: Andy Seiler
    63
    You may enjoy One Night -- but you may feel guilty about it in the morning.
  10. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    Neither as rollicking nor as wild as one had hoped, but Tyler's tongue-in-cheek noir goddess transcends cliche and the screenplay's other shortcomings terrifically.
  11. While this production from Michael Douglas is being touted as a sexy romantic comedy, it's more precise to think of it as big loud fun for when you're feelin' dumb.
  12. 50
    It might have all seemed hip and edgy 10 years ago, but today, it just feels tired.
  13. Zwart never gets the tone right in this very American comedy.
  14. A curious screwball "noir," doesn't so much bend established genres as blend them into an unappetizing cocktail, where they curdle before pouring.
  15. Goodman exudes doltish kindness, Dillon a hapless gentleness, Reiser a vulgar buoyancy. Douglas turns in the best performance.
  16. Never fully rises to the occasion, maintaining a goofily even keel throughout but rarely tipping over into all-out froth and nuttiness.
  17. 50
    Should have been a quick and dirty pulp tall tale. But it pokes along instead of accelerating, and though it isn't exactly smug it's rather too pleased with its own manufactured outrageousness.
  18. 50
    The drawback is Tyler, who lacks the vigor and energy her part requires in order to transcend charges of misogyny.
  19. 50
    Packs a lot into one night, but it's wearying. It's like a kid determined to show you every toy in his room, and there's nowhere to escape.
  20. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    40
    As its plot is entirely negligible, whether or not you enjoy One Night at McCool's probably depends on how funny you think the performances are.
  21. 40
    Maybe such cloddish sight gags as dipsomaniac priest chug-a-lugging from the communion chalice or an apparently straight-laced yuppie in full S&M drag just aren't very funny.
  22. 40
    Tyler, a true beauty, gives the role a valiant try, but her range is too limited to play this amalgam of female perfection.
  23. 30
    Oblivious to its own towering obsolescence.
  24. One Night at McCool's is one night too much.
  25. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    30
    Feels like a film from several years ago, one of the many made in the wake of "Pulp Fiction" that tried and failed to be as clever as its progenitor.
  26. 30
    The story, which is even dumber than it sounds, is told in flashback.
  27. 25
    Too bad you can see this sort of thing done more amusingly every week on ABC-TV and Comedy Central.
  28. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    25
    More than just dumb, the picture is embarrassingly dorky.
  29. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    20
    Has its - very - occasionally funny moments, so does a car crash.
  30. A strong, early candidate for the worst movie of the year.

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