Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
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  1. 60
    Harmless, but it gave me a pain. Why make such a fuss over middle-aged bodies anyway? [22 & 29 December 2003, p. 166]
  2. 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.
  3. Even in a piffle like Something’s Gotta Give, Keaton reminds us of her uncanny ability to inhabit her characters' knockabout emotions.
  4. As a date-night movie for women of 50 or thereabouts, chances are it'll do the trick.
  5. 50
    Jack, the actor, smiles obligingly, but you can practically feel him rolling his eyes.
  6. 50
    Irritatingly moralistic romantic comedy.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Aug 24, 2014
    10
    There's something about Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson together in this film. It's as if they are truly feeding off of each other's energies.There's something about Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson together in this film. It's as if they are truly feeding off of each other's energies. Jack & Diane are the perfect mix for Nancy Meyers' finest work to date. It's really, really special. Full Review »
  2. 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), theIf 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 »
  3. Sam
    Apr 6, 2006
    10
    Fantastic, hilarious, and moving, it's quite simply a great movie.