Metascore
46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 32
  2. Negative: 6 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jan 14, 2011
    75
    The movie is much like a really long beer commercial - but a really dark one.
  2. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Jan 21, 2011
    70
    Ryder is devious and witchy, her eyes flashing, her crinkly voice developing knife edges. She gives an acidly brilliant performance as a desperate, lying woman. [24 Jan. 2011, p. 83]
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jan 13, 2011
    70
    What The Dilemma ultimately does best is create a platform for Vaughn to drag that iconic character of his into full-blown adulthood.
  4. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Jan 13, 2011
    70
    The ugly emotional mess is so respectfully handled that the story resonates far beyond its comic designs.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Jan 14, 2011
    67
    Howard surprises with this decidedly honest comedy-melodrama.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jan 13, 2011
    67
    It never coheres as well as it should, but the film makes a fine mess.
  7. Reviewed by: Genevieve Harrison
    Jan 17, 2011
    60
    Hit-and-miss for Howard. The tone flits, sometimes uncomfortably, from Vaughn-fuelled laugh-fest to relationship drama, but it's a winner compared to many of the clunkly comedies out there.
  8. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Jan 12, 2011
    60
    There are a few big laughs, but there are also long stretches in which nothing funny happens.
  9. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jan 13, 2011
    58
    The dilemma of The Dilemma is that the conundrum at the center of the story isn't particularly hilarious.
  10. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jan 20, 2011
    50
    I'm not sure whether Howard and screenwriter Allan Loeb are to be commended for aspiring to something odd and original, or condemned for a result that's so messy and miscellaneous.
  11. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jan 19, 2011
    50
    As a rollicking comedy, it isn't.
  12. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jan 14, 2011
    50
    An uneven story that tries too hard to be meaningful and not hard enough to be funny.
  13. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jan 14, 2011
    50
    It's classic sitcom shtick, and The Dilemma is a painful reminder that director Ron Howard was trained in television.
  14. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Jan 13, 2011
    50
    Despite bursts of hilarity and an A-list cast, this is a dark, difficult, weirdly existential film - like some seriocomic spin on "I and Thou."
  15. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jan 13, 2011
    50
    Vaughn is the film equivalent of a well-known novelist that no longer gets a good edit. He has the charismatic salesguy shtick down, but he needs a director who can rein him in.
  16. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jan 13, 2011
    50
    Miles below the Woodman's class. It's possible that a more astringent script could have provided fuel for the actors and A-list director Ron Howard.
  17. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jan 13, 2011
    50
    Ms. Ryder, playing the least sympathetic character with unflinching dignity and candor, is in many ways the reason The Dilemma works as well as it does.
  18. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Jan 13, 2011
    50
    The Dilemma is bad in a way that seems to parody all the ways in which a film like, say, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" was good.
  19. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jan 13, 2011
    50
    Unexpectedly sour, The Dilemma barely qualifies as a comedy.
  20. Reviewed by: Mark Keizer
    Jan 12, 2011
    50
    The hijinx get deflating, yet the tension and genuine sense of investigation keep you involved.
  21. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jan 12, 2011
    50
    The Dilemma downshifts from slapstick to melodrama and back so abruptly that it is at times jarring.
  22. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jan 12, 2011
    50
    Not a particularly funny movie. Indeed, the true dilemma of this misguided seriocomedy lies in the filmmakers' confusion as to whether they're making a side-splitting bromance (nope) or an unsparing, warts-and-all look at screwed-up relationships (sort of).
  23. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jan 12, 2011
    50
    An unsatisfying if often surprising experience, a less warm and fuzzy "Parenthood."
  24. 40
    Perhaps the late Blake Edwards could have found a balance between slapstick and psychodrama, but Ron Howard can't get the pacing right, and Allan Loeb's script is even wordier than the one he wrote for "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps."
  25. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jan 14, 2011
    40
    How does one remain an unapologetic fan of Vaughn, abrasive though he is, even as his material fails him?
  26. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Jan 12, 2011
    40
    The Dilemma is so tone deaf to its themes that it thinks it's a light and slightly rude Vince Vaughn movie. It's not.
  27. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Jan 13, 2011
    38
    Vaughn and James are likable enough, and they would have real chemistry in, say, an all-out comedy.
  28. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jan 13, 2011
    38
    What distinguishes The Dilemma in this genre is its resounding unfunnyness, its emotional dishonesty, and the general unlikability of its cast of characters.
  29. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jan 14, 2011
    33
    The script by Allan Loeb careens all over the place without ever coming to rest on anything interesting.
  30. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Jan 14, 2011
    25
    Where the hell is the movie?
  31. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Jan 13, 2011
    25
    Howard never decides on tones that complement each other, and the dissonance is jarring.
  32. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jan 13, 2011
    20
    This tonal mishmash cripples The Dilemma almost immediately, though there are many other speed bumps, including Vaughn's irritating, fast-talking prattle.
User Score
4.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 106 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 34
  2. Negative: 13 out of 34
  1. Feb 4, 2011
    5
    I have mixed feelings about this movie. It could have easily taken the cheap way out as with so many other comedies these days with crassI have mixed feelings about this movie. It could have easily taken the cheap way out as with so many other comedies these days with crass sophomoric humor to illicit approval from the audience. Instead it went for a more mature approach with comedy as an afterthought. Unfortunately it came up short in terms of resonating with me. Vince Vaughan did an admirable job as an individual tortured by being unsure as to what is the right thing to do. I disagree that this was his typical role. Not far removed but more of a stretch than I have seen in the past. Jennifer Connelly was fine as was Winona Ryder. Interesting to see Winona in a few movies lately. Kevin James does not yet allow me to think of him as a character other than Kevin James. Who knows if that will ever change. Bottom line is a B+ for effort but a C+ for execution. Full Review »
  2. Jan 18, 2011
    7
    I was surprised at how good this movie was. I was expecting the usual goofy crap that these two (Vaughn & James) are usually in, but it wasI was surprised at how good this movie was. I was expecting the usual goofy crap that these two (Vaughn & James) are usually in, but it was much better. Also, luckily, Connelly and Ryder are there to class up the movie (and are both way too good (and beautiful) for their men). The only downside was Tatum's character (little too much). I say, trust in Howard and go see it. Full Review »
  3. Jan 15, 2011
    5
    Vince Vaughn discovers that his best friend's wife is cheating with another man. Does he tell him? The whole thing revolves around Vaughn'sVince Vaughn discovers that his best friend's wife is cheating with another man. Does he tell him? The whole thing revolves around Vaughn's comic patter, so if you enjoy him, you might enjoy it. The script isn't that funny and most of the supporting cast isn't either. While it's mildly entertaining and occasionally amusing, it's not special or memorable. Full Review »