Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 35
  2. Negative: 12 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Apr 24, 2014
    75
    Audiences looking for a nonstop laugh riot may be disappointed, but the big laughs are there, and they benefit from the movie's underlying sincerity.
  2. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Apr 24, 2014
    75
    Definitely funny. Goofy, ridiculous, with more gross-out humor than is strictly necessary but still funny.
  3. Reviewed by: Leah Greenblatt
    Apr 25, 2014
    67
    This one has its own wonky charm and intermittent moments of genuine, depraved hilarity; it's like "Bridesmaids" drawn in crayon.
  4. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Apr 24, 2014
    63
    Apparently intended as a blend of "Bridesmaids" and "The First Wives Club," it’s often oddly engrossing, almost despite itself, largely thanks to the performances and the free rein the director gives his stars.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Apr 24, 2014
    63
    Written by newcomer Melissa K. Stack, The Other Woman offers roughly equal parts wit and witlessness, casual smarts and jokes, lingering and detailed, regarding explosive bowel movements. Based on that ratio, I'd say the screenwriter's future in Hollywood looks pretty good.
  6. 63
    Melissa K. Stack’s script has snap and crackle to go with the pop, making this female wish-fulfillment fantasy an “Eat, Pray, Revenge” that delivers the punches that two “Sex and the City” movies never could.
  7. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Apr 23, 2014
    61
    The Other Woman eschews plenty of standard genre expectations to make an unexpectedly friendship-friendly film.
  8. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Apr 23, 2014
    60
    As it winds its way toward an unexpectedly grisly final showdown, The Other Woman often feels stranded between gross-out comedy, romantic fantasy and distaff psychodrama in a way that compels fascination and impatience alike.
  9. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Apr 22, 2014
    60
    Instead of updating the genre, The Other Woman rehashes it, bringing little more than a few giggles and a dash of glamour to the table.
  10. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Apr 27, 2014
    50
    A montage-happy, occasionally unpleasant film that’s still strangely watchable, The Other Woman is almost saved by a cast that’s … well, likable isn’t quite the word.
  11. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Apr 25, 2014
    50
    Thank goodness for Leslie Mann. If not for the nutball charm of this tight-wound whirlwind, the dispiriting Hollywood sex comedy The Other Woman would be close to unbearable.
  12. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Apr 25, 2014
    50
    Trouble is, Cassavetes — working from a script by Melissa K. Stack — veers wildly between cautionary tale, revenge comedy, scatological raunchfest and female empowerment drama.
  13. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 24, 2014
    50
    Oh, all right, some of The Other Woman is funny. The parts with Leslie Mann, mostly, who makes this hit-and-miss, problematic comedy directed by Nick Cassavetes far more entertaining than it has a right to be.
  14. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Apr 23, 2014
    50
    Granted, femme-centered film comedies are a thing to cherish, but The Other Woman only gets it half right.
  15. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Apr 23, 2014
    50
    A smiling Cameron Diaz and a weeping Leslie Mann bring a lot to any movie, but they aren't enough to overcome the mix-and-match mania of these proceedings. Girls just wanna have fun, but they'd also like a coherent night at the movies.
  16. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Apr 25, 2014
    42
    Practically every gag in this movie, and there are scores of them, is milked dry. When the gags aren’t very good to begin to with, this is a prescription for disaster.
  17. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Apr 23, 2014
    42
    Somewhere around the 60-minute mark, director Nick Cassavetes — whose career makes one wish that John Cassavetes had been a better father — pushes the movie into Tyler Perry territory, with the final third playing as a tone-deaf mixture of wish fulfillment, punishment, and bawdy innuendo.
  18. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Apr 28, 2014
    40
    A few lowbrow laughs… but far too many one-note characters, performances, and plot points to make them worth showing up for.
  19. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Apr 27, 2014
    40
    And yet, all three women are less watchable and amusing that Nicki Minaj as Carly’s legal assistant Lydia.
  20. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Apr 24, 2014
    40
    Nick Cassavetes (John Q, The Notebook) has never delivered a picture that entirely knows what its tone is, and a manic uncertainty duly sucks the fun away.
  21. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Apr 24, 2014
    40
    The Other Woman doesn't give these actresses much to do except look ridiculous, if not sneaky and conniving.
  22. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Apr 24, 2014
    40
    Slyness, slapstick and sex can often be mixed to amusing effect whatever the specifics — the original "Hangover," for example, did a credible job of it — but The Other Woman is ultimately undone by its indecision.
  23. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Apr 23, 2014
    40
    A female solidarity adultery comedy that's three parts embarrassing farce to one part genuinely comic discharge.
  24. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 24, 2014
    38
    The Other Woman ignores dozens of potentially edgy possibilities to tell the most banal story imaginable - and to do it badly.
  25. Reviewed by: Jordan Osterer
    Apr 23, 2014
    38
    The film is clearly wary of either being too saccharine or taking itself--or the notion of compulsive infidelity--too seriously, though its schadenfreude is unwavering.
  26. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Apr 24, 2014
    37
    Although The Other Woman nibbles around the edges of revealing truths about relationships, it leaves most of that potential behind, instead pursuing easy, exhausted cliches about zip-less marriages, upper class suburban drudgery, cynical careerism and dumb-but-sweet blondes.
  27. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Apr 25, 2014
    33
    This thing swings from broad gross-out comedy to something that seems to be struggling to be a reflection of real life, and it never establishes a baseline reality. It is a strange misfire that is only saved from being a complete disaster by the efforts of the film's two leads.
  28. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Apr 24, 2014
    30
    The bigness of Mann’s performance can’t help but set the film’s tone, which goes manic and high-strung to the point of hysteria before settling down and becoming really stupid and gross.
  29. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Apr 25, 2014
    25
    The only thing missing from this steaming casserole, in fact, is the one crucial ingredient: A sense of humor.
  30. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Apr 24, 2014
    25
    It’s only mid-April, but I’m making an early reservation for The Other Woman to appear on my list of the 10 Worst Films of 2014.
  31. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Apr 24, 2014
    25
    One of those loud, cringe-y female-empowerment comedies that feels like it was made by people who hate women.
  32. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Apr 23, 2014
    25
    Playing like a script that’s been moldering since Diane Keaton turned it down in 1983, The Other Woman is a weak adultery rom-com in which the most authentic performance comes from a non-housebroken Great Dane.
  33. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Apr 24, 2014
    20
    This female revenge comedy is so dumb, lazy, clumsily assembled and unoriginal, it could crush any actor forced to execute its leaden slapstick gags and mouth its crude, humorless dialogue.
  34. Reviewed by: Henry Barnes
    Apr 24, 2014
    20
    The Other Woman scrawls out a dumb dumb-feminist message with a big, fat marker pen.
  35. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Apr 24, 2014
    20
    So instead of the rom-com, we now have the “non-com.” The cardboard characters and predictable rhythms remain. But this time, we get all the comic cliches with none of the romance.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 119 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 36
  2. Negative: 16 out of 36
  1. May 1, 2014
    0
    Imagine if the gender roles were reversed. This movie would cause an uproar. Not to mention the movie is cliche, completely done before andImagine if the gender roles were reversed. This movie would cause an uproar. Not to mention the movie is cliche, completely done before and overall just boring. Full Review »
  2. May 8, 2014
    6
    The Other Woman is desperately being funny. However, it is a more of disappointing movie than a successful one, comedy wise. It features aThe Other Woman is desperately being funny. However, it is a more of disappointing movie than a successful one, comedy wise. It features a talented cast, Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann and new faces such as Kate Upton and Nikki Minaj. Also, if the movie is not entirely funny it had some giggles here and there, it is entertaining and fun to watch but it doesn't enlighten women as strong and determined but strongly in need of men. The Other Woman isn't fully recommended and it is more of a waste to pay full price on it in theaters, but to get through time it might please you. Full Review »
  3. Apr 29, 2014
    5
    The movie has heart, but it lacks great writing, solid directing, and an editor. Had it been 20 minutes shorter, the chemistry between Mann &The movie has heart, but it lacks great writing, solid directing, and an editor. Had it been 20 minutes shorter, the chemistry between Mann & Diaz would have shone much brighter. Upton almost has more lines in the trailer than she has in the entire film, but that's cool. Full Review »