Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Much of that appeal comes from compelling performances by the two main actors.
  2. It's just more wry than funny, more a gently subversive comedy of modern manners than the simpering date movie it seems to be masquerading as.
  3. 75
    As Nina, Aniston not only displays a surprising capacity for both comedy and drama, but she shines with the kind of star quality that only a handful of current performers exhibit.
  4. Reviewed by: Sandra Contreras
    70
    You come away with a remarkable sense of the filmmakers and actors working together harmoniously as they delve into the heart of relationships between friends and lovers.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Tries to mix the messy realities of mismatched relationships with the structural neatness of a musical-comedy view of the world, with mild, occasionally diverting results.
  6. The mixture of sincerity and sitcom phoniness is bewildering at times, but on some level, I guess, the film works.
  7. It boasts appealing performances, and it takes a reasonably tasteful approach to its subject, aside from a string of four-letter words that sound strangely out of place in this romantic comedy.
  8. Easier to watch than it is to believe.
  9. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    60
    In trying to appeal to a wide audience, quirky material has been forced to fit a formula that can't really contain it.
  10. 50
    All of this promising material is dealt with on that level where characters are not quite allowed to be as perceptive and intelligent as real people might be in the same circumstances.
  11. Reviewed by: Jane Ganahl
    50
    Unfortunately, all the good parts didn't add up to a great movie.
  12. Judged esthetically -- the only yardstick worth applying -- it can be safely placed in that long line of indistinguishable Hollywood mediocrities, all of them trying in vain to resurrect an awfully weary genre.
  13. 50
    Wendy Wasserstein brings a dull pen to this literary adaptation, which shows none of the bite or savvy of Stephen McCauley's novel.
  14. So riddled with cultural stereotypes, woe-is-me neurotic mopiness, and glib therapeutic compassion that by the end all it leaves you with is a waxy buildup of falseness.
  15. 40
    The storyline lacks credibility.
  16. Reviewed by: Joshua Klein
    40
    The film is being marketed as a romantic comedy, but it's neither romantic nor funny.
  17. Reviewed by: David Denby
    30
    If the woman’s love is obsessive and needy, the story becomes stupid and painful, and that is what happens in The Object of My Affection, the Stephen McCauley novel that has been adapted for the movies with disastrous panache by playwright Wendy Wasserstein and director Nicholas Hytner.
  18. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    30
    The film that Nicholas Hytner has directed (from a screenplay by the playwright Wendy Wasserstein) is slick, sweet, and disastrously unmoving -- even people who live to cry at the movies will find themselves depressingly dry-eyed.

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