The Next Best Thing

User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 7 out of 20

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Metascore
25

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 31
  2. Negative: 21 out of 31
  1. 25
    A garage sale of gay issues, harnessed to a plot as exhausted as a junkman's horse.
  2. The movie has a well-meaning message about love and loyalty being the bedrock of real family values, but its good intentions sag as the story trades its air of mischievous comedy for trite sentimentality, arbitrary plot twists, and enough maudlin melodramatics to sustain a tabloid TV series.
  3. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    50
    Essentially an old-fashioned weepie gussied up for Y2K.