Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. The moments between the characters are absolutely full. It's a pleasure to watch such consummate professionals.
  2. 88
    [Keaton and Nicholson] bring so much experience, knowledge and humor to their characters that the film works in ways the screenplay might not have even hoped for.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    But let's not mislead about acting gold: Without Nicholson and Keaton, the movie would be fair. With them, it's one of the few good romantic comedies this year. What we gotta give is thanks.
  4. But let's not mislead about acting gold: Without Nicholson and Keaton, the movie would be fair. With them, it's one of the few good romantic comedies this year. What we gotta give is thanks.
  5. Every moment spent in the company of Keaton... is such a joy that the whole is more delightful than the sum of the formulaic ingredients. Keaton makes Nicholson bounce the way Shirley MacLaine once did in ''Terms of Endearment.''
  6. Its script is sharp, its dialogue is acerbic, its stars could hardly be better and, in its more sparkling moments, it exudes some of the flavor and charm of the later Hepburn-Tracy comedies.
  7. Nobody else working in movies today can make her (Keaton) own misery such a source of delight or make the spectacle of utter embarrassment look like a higher form of dignity.
  8. Diane Keaton has the crucial role, and she makes the most of it.
  9. Generally quite amusing, with a brilliant cast.
  10. 75
    In an era of dumb farce, Something's Gotta Give is something special.
  11. Doesn't always sizzle, but its stars do.
  12. Movies like this are meant to amuse and entertain, though, not instruct. Meyers's latest is worth seeing for its offbeat story, its tantalizing settings, and most of all, its spot-on acting, especially by Keaton and Nicholson.
  13. With the likes of Nicholson, Keaton, Reeves and Peet -- and a fleeting, funny few minutes with McDormand -- Something's Gotta Give is never less than entertaining. And once in a while it's sweetly, and extremely, funny.
  14. Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton are so good in Something's Gotta Give, it's a shame writer-director Nancy Meyers couldn't rein herself in a little more.
  15. It's wise, funny, honest right up to its last sadly dishonest scene, doesn't mock us more than we deserve and offers attractive women in various stages of undress.
  16. The film also does something quite remarkable for an American film: It makes middle-age love look sexy and hugely satisfying.
  17. A sweet and fresh comedy that was a joy to watch.
  18. 70
    Mostly, it's just a pleasure to watch Keaton and Nicholson learning new steps in an old dance, stumbling to grab at happiness before it's too late.
  19. Stumbles in miscalculating how far it needs to go to make this particular romance convincing when, as another romantic comedy character put it, it had us from hello.
  20. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    The movie, which ricochets between farce and poignancy, casts just enough romantic pixie dust to leave you smiling. It's certainly not the last word on the subject, but it's an amiable start.
  21. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    I love Nicholson here because he lets Keaton take the movie--and his relative reticence is very attractive.
  22. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    70
    Jokes about impotence, menopause and other middle-aged maladies reside where a screenplay ought to live.
  23. It is a well written, nicely acted and smoothly directed battle of the sexes.
  24. 70
    In the end I didn't believe in their relationship, but I was pleased to see Keaton tearing it up for two hours.
  25. [Keaton's] lost none of the spunk, sass, and ditzbomb charm of her "Annie Hall" days. She, quite simply, is marvelous. Too bad her similarly iconic co-star is such a toad. Jack never stops being Jack, to great distraction.
  26. 67
    As cinema, it's polenta, but it's made palatable by the piquant sauce with which these two great stars season it.
  27. 63
    It's a glossy, somewhat condescending comedy, with all the substance of a cone of soft vanilla ice cream.
  28. It's hard to imagine anyone other than Keaton pulling this off.
  29. 63
    Keaton's overamped girlishness, and the adolescent shenanigans she engages in, make a mockery of this overlong romantic comedy's stance as a celebration of mature love.
  30. 63
    Doesn't America's 50-and-fabulous set deserve better than a movie this superficial and pandering?
  31. 63
    Despite the weak dialogue, there are still some laughs to be had. At the end of this long journey, we're rooting for Harry and Erica to be together. For the movie to get us to that point, regardless of its motives and methods, it can't be all bad.
  32. Reviewed by: Sara Brady
    63
    Frances McDormand, as Erica’s younger sister, flourishes in her few minutes of screen time. She’s flinty, ferocious, and purely hysterical.
  33. Reviewed by: Alan Morrison
    60
    It also takes too long in the final act to write itself out of its plot entanglements, and ends up looking rather too pleased with itself.
  34. Even in a piffle like Something’s Gotta Give, Keaton reminds us of her uncanny ability to inhabit her characters' knockabout emotions.
  35. As a date-night movie for women of 50 or thereabouts, chances are it'll do the trick.
  36. 60
    Harmless, but it gave me a pain. Why make such a fuss over middle-aged bodies anyway? [22 & 29 December 2003, p. 166]
  37. If the lines in the script were as keenly etched as the ones in her face, Keaton would have had something to work with. Instead, during an especially lovelorn sequence, she's asked to indulge in a crying montage so painfully extended that it has us in tears too -- weeping from embarrassment for her.
  38. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    50
    A whiz at crafting conventional Hollywood screenplays, Meyers's direction is overreliant on close-ups and medium shots; there's no life to any of the images. Still, the film coasts along smoothly on the charisma of its stars.
  39. 50
    Irritatingly moralistic romantic comedy.
  40. 50
    Jack, the actor, smiles obligingly, but you can practically feel him rolling his eyes.
  41. Something does have to give, and that's the nine-figure public patronage of this kind of anemic, wit-free entertainment. Meyers's shakin' moneymaker isn't the worst film of 2003 -- no cat suits, for one thing -- but something scarier: a standard-issue bog of glossy idiocy and audience disrespect.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 4 out of 32
  1. Dec 9, 2012
    4
    If Nicholson and Keaton weren't in this, no one would care one whit about the movie. The acting is good (though not their best), the cinematography is excellent, but the story is cliche, boring, and the dialogue is stilted and predictable. Full Review »