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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Critic Reviews

  1. The moments between the characters are absolutely full. It's a pleasure to watch such consummate professionals.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.''
  5. 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.
  6. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Diane Keaton has the crucial role, and she makes the most of it.
  7. Generally quite amusing, with a brilliant cast.
  8. 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.
  9. 75
    In an era of dumb farce, Something's Gotta Give is something special.
  10. 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.
  11. Doesn't always sizzle, but its stars do.
  12. 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.
  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. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    I love Nicholson here because he lets Keaton take the movie--and his relative reticence is very attractive.
  16. 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.
  17. A sweet and fresh comedy that was a joy to watch.
  18. 70
    In the end I didn't believe in their relationship, but I was pleased to see Keaton tearing it up for two hours.
  19. The film also does something quite remarkable for an American film: It makes middle-age love look sexy and hugely satisfying.
  20. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jokes about impotence, menopause and other middle-aged maladies reside where a screenplay ought to live.
  21. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    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.
  22. 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.
  23. It is a well written, nicely acted and smoothly directed battle of the sexes.
  24. 67
    As cinema, it's polenta, but it's made palatable by the piquant sauce with which these two great stars season it.
  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. 63
    It's a glossy, somewhat condescending comedy, with all the substance of a cone of soft vanilla ice cream.
  27. Reviewed by: Sara Brady
    Frances McDormand, as Erica’s younger sister, flourishes in her few minutes of screen time. She’s flinty, ferocious, and purely hysterical.
  28. 63
    Doesn't America's 50-and-fabulous set deserve better than a movie this superficial and pandering?
  29. 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.
  30. It's hard to imagine anyone other than Keaton pulling this off.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Aug 24, 2014
    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
    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
    Fantastic, hilarious, and moving, it's quite simply a great movie.