The Perfect Man


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 29
  2. Negative: 18 out of 29

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Critic Reviews

  1. In Duff's movies, the question is whether the movie will find enough interesting stuff to compensate for the blandness at the center. The Perfect Man does.
  2. 50
    This cream puff of a romantic comedy is sweet enough, but lack of substance makes it deeply unsatisfying.
  3. Even though the supporting cast is likable and the film hits all the beats of its formula, it's weak, as if everyone has been to the well one too many times.
  4. It's a chick flick with a vengeance but even in its most sentimental moments, stars Hilary Duff and Heather Locklear make this feel-good-about-yourself movie feel ... well, good.
  5. 50
    To be endured rather than enjoyed.
  6. I've had the unique pleasure of reviewing almost all of Duff's movies, and if there's one thing to say about the girl, she's consistent: nice, sweet, blond, inoffensive and uninspiring.
  7. But for a lightweight summer romantic comedy, The Perfect Man delivers the goods and includes a couple of scenes that are, surprisingly, fresh and quite funny, both of which, incidentally, involve the music of Styx.
  8. The premise is patently ridiculous, but the target audience of 12-year-old girls will be too charmed by the genre requisites to care.
  9. 40
    Where Locklear's careful, clipped delivery confirms that she's better suited for TV stardom than the movies, every time Duff opens her mouth, she confirms that her natural home is in magazines. Or voicing animated squirrels. Either one would work.
  10. 40
    Rosman and Wendkos run dry of ideas in the film's inert, overextended finale, when the "Believe in yourself" speeches grow so thick that even the Duff-devoted may start rolling their eyes.
  11. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    For most part, The Perfect Man is too bland to merit anything more censorious than a stifled yawn.
  12. There's one thing to be said for The Perfect Man: It confirms my belief that I'll never need to see another Hilary Duff movie until (1) she turns 30 or (2) she plays a crackhead in "Requiem for a Dream II."
  13. The story has a definite ick factor that detracts from even the small pleasures the movie might offer its teen audience.
  14. 38
    This movie makes it official: No matter how awful, even the networks and basic cable are now officially hipper than the studios.
  15. A series of cutesy but flat-footed jokes leading up to a foregone romantic conclusion.
  16. The movie is a tortured marshmallow.
  17. The Perfect Man is like Teen People come to life. It's perfectly PG, and it's probably not the worst thing a young lady could see, depending on your criteria. Cinematically, it's like watching your lawn grow.
  18. 30
    The result is like a Nike commercial without a shot of the sneakers.
  19. It's a lame Heather Locklear romantic comedy and a lame Hilary Duff romantic comedy all in one!
  20. Repetitious teen-targeted fluff.
  21. 25
    Embarrassingly shoddy film.
  22. So imperfect that it may qualify as one of the summer's worst movies.
  23. 25
    Most of this movie is beyond lame. It almost makes "A Cinderella Story" -- the ever-mugging Duff's surprise hit of last summer -- look like a real movie by comparison.
  24. 25
    The Perfect Man crawls hand over bloody hand up the stony face of this plot, while we in the audience do not laugh because it is not nice to laugh at those less fortunate than ourselves, and the people in this movie are less fortunate than the people in just about any other movie I can think of, simply because they are in it.
  25. Once upon a time there were made-for-television movies. Now there are made-for-television movies for movie theaters. The Perfect Man, another anemic Hilary Duff vehicle, is a case in point.
  26. There's just the matter of facing it: that The Perfect Man is just something slapped together -- by people who don't care, for an audience they figure will care even less.
  27. Baby, when you walk out of a movie thinking, "Say, that Heather Locklear was pretty darn good," the movie's got some problems!
  28. The range of Ms. Locklear's lobotomized acting runs from mild irritation to mild melancholy, expressed without expression.
  29. What sin did Heather Locklear commit to deserve her role in The Perfect Man?
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 8 out of 12
  1. JakeE.
    Nov 10, 2005
    Duff sucked, as she does in all of her movies. Locklear sucked, everyone sucked. This movie sucks!