The Next Best Thing

Metascore
25

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 31
  2. Negative: 21 out of 31
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  1. 50
    Essentially an old-fashioned weepie gussied up for Y2K.
  2. 50
    If only someone had taken away that disastrous third act we'd have one of the better mainstream films dealing with the impossible societal demands put upon gay parenting yet made. No such luck, though.
  3. Not even Rupert Everett is able to breathe life into soapy Thing.
  4. 50
    Funny how Madonna borrows Everett, Julia Roberts' gay pal from "My Best Friend's Wedding," and Bratt, Roberts' real-life beau, to be her co-stars. If only she could borrow her talent.
  5. Has good intentions and the element of surprise -- it's never quite clear where it's going at any given point.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Daly
    42
    (Madonna is) clearly full of good intentions; too bad she's lacking discernible emotions.
  7. 40
    Cross an episode of "Friends" with an issue-of-the-week movie about gay parenthood and you have this glossy vanity project.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 13, 2014
    10
    A light-hearted, witty film that plays with tricky themes of friendship and fatherhood. Realistic and clever acting gives life to issues thatA light-hearted, witty film that plays with tricky themes of friendship and fatherhood. Realistic and clever acting gives life to issues that have since become central to today's world. Fortunately, institutions have eased off homosexuals of late, this film justifies those changes. Full Review »