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  • Summary: When his high-achieving wife (Peet) decides she wants to be a stay-at-home mom, Tom Reilly (Braff) needs to step up and take care of his growing family. (The Weinstein Company)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 24
  2. Negative: 12 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    70
    The movie is Bateman's to steal, however, which he does early and often.
  2. Reviewed by: Stina Chyn
    60
    Peretz's film continuously subverts the audience's expectations of what should likely happen given genre conventions.
  3. The best jokes in this scattershot screwball satire of job insecurity, upward mobility, political correctness and yuppie marital tensions have claws that leave scratches.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    It's a pretty twisted concept, bordering on offensive. But mostly it's just not funny.
  5. 33
    By the end, it doesn't even have the courage of its political incorrectness.
  6. 25
    The latest catastrophe from the Weinstein Co.
  7. A stunningly insipid romance, marks an all-time low for actor Zach Braff -- his "Gigli," if you will.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. JavietV.
    May 11, 2007
    10
    Are you kidding me? This movie is awesome! I don't know how it could only have 33/100 score I absolutely love it. Definitly worth it.
  2. PnArdyPnArdy
    May 13, 2007
    9
    Brilliant romantic comedy with sweety Amanda Peet about a husband who has to defeat his wife's cunning ex-boyfriend now posing as a Brilliant romantic comedy with sweety Amanda Peet about a husband who has to defeat his wife's cunning ex-boyfriend now posing as a disabled person to regain her love back. Expand
  3. EthanN.
    May 14, 2007
    8
    It wasn't hilarious but it had some funny parts and overall it was a good movie.
  4. MattC.
    Sep 24, 2007
    7
    Caught this movie on a plane by accident. It's a solid comedy with enough subversiveness in its characters to give it a bit of bite. Caught this movie on a plane by accident. It's a solid comedy with enough subversiveness in its characters to give it a bit of bite. Won't change your life but it'll probably divert you from thinking about it for 90mins or so. Expand
  5. ChadS.
    May 17, 2007
    5
    Thanks to "Murderball", we don't have to feel sorry for the physically-disabled anymore. It's so obvious that Chip(Jason Bateman) Thanks to "Murderball", we don't have to feel sorry for the physically-disabled anymore. It's so obvious that Chip(Jason Bateman) is a type-A jerk, but since "The Ex" is basically a workplace sitcom, only Tom(Zach Braff) sees his sociopathic side. For "The Ex" to have been a successful comedy, the film had to be as mean as Chip. In real life, nice guys finish last. It's funnier to see the bad guy win. "The Ex" probably isn't the film that was first conceived on paper. This is "Bad Santa"-lite. Expand
  6. CathyL.
    May 11, 2007
    1
    This would be a pretty boring TV show and was a waste of time and money. This movie was boring, lame and predictable. Way too much sexual This would be a pretty boring TV show and was a waste of time and money. This movie was boring, lame and predictable. Way too much sexual innuendo for young audiences. Expand
  7. KevinR.
    May 14, 2007
    1
    4th rate sitcommy garbage with a phony Farelly edge. It seeks to skewer yuppiedom (gee, that's new) and be a physical comedy at the same 4th rate sitcommy garbage with a phony Farelly edge. It seeks to skewer yuppiedom (gee, that's new) and be a physical comedy at the same time, but winds up being insulting and insipid. I had to rush home and watch American Beauty just to detox. Expand

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