The Switch


Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30

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Critic Reviews

  1. Squeezes fresh laughs out of what is, in essence, a rather startlingly post-Freudian, nature-trumps-nurture view of child development.
  2. By turns rowdy and rueful, The Switch is a comedy with serious ramifications, not least of which is the question, what makes a family?
  3. 75
    The Switch, to its credit, really is about a boy, who with the help of a sensitive, sad-eyed kid, stands a chance of becoming a man.
  4. 75
    This picture belongs to Jason Bateman, who, after years of playing the second or third banana (and plenty of times being the best thing in a given film), finally gets to show off his considerable gifts as the co-lead in a mainstream comedy.
  5. 75
    Aniston's work opposite the screen's premiere mild-mannered funnyman shows her at her most engaged and pitch perfect.
  6. It's funny, clever, touching and real.
  7. Despite a virtually unplayable premise, The Switch overcomes this handicap to turn itself into a friendly, offbeat romantic comedy.
  8. Aniston and Bateman keep things both light and dark when they should, and Robinson's Sebastian steals everyone's heart.
  9. 70
    Distinguishes itself with three-dimensional characters and an engaging storyline.
  10. 63
    It would be nice to argue that the good outweighs the bad in The Switch, but it's a wash.
  11. There aren't enough surprises to justify the title, but The Switch produces sufficient light for a late-summer diversion.
  12. Around the halfway point it starts getting interesting and the people who put it together are at least working in a realm of reasonable intelligence and wit and respect for the audience.
  13. 63
    You have to overlook a whole lot of guff in order to enjoy the slight but pleasurable entertainment of The Switch.
  14. Saddled with the responsibility of carrying the film, Bateman acquits himself admirably by playing it straight, developing a genuinely convincing and affecting chemistry with Robinson and taking his character's repression seriously.
  15. 50
    Ranks somewhere between the barely watchable "The Back-Up Plan" and the good but wildly overrated "The Kids Are All Right."
  16. 50
    The romantic comedy has never had a star as depressing as Jennifer Aniston. It's not the movies - well, it isn't simply the movies.
  17. The first third of The Switch, directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, is so bizarre that it leads you to wonder if, through some miraculous lack of oversight, the movie will blaze an unpredictable path. No such luck.
  18. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    This is a romantic comedy, not a sci-fi adventure tale. But the actions, choices and general behavior of the characters are oddly removed from what goes in the real world.
  19. The movie's flaw is impossible to ignore, turning on the most tired of romantic comedy conventions: Someone knows something, and all that person has to do is say it, and the movie is over and everything's great.
  20. The wonder here is that Bateman and the child actor spark off each other quite delightfully. For a few precious scenes, when father and son are alone, the movie is actually amusing, even touching.
  21. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Ultimately The Switch can't escape the constraints of its own formula.
  22. 50
    Taken on its own terms, it's a light, sweet, curiously enjoyable misfit romance, whose real star is not Aniston but her magnificently awkward Lothario, Jason Bateman.
  23. 42
    Turns out it's hard to make one man swapping his sperm for another's seem cute, as much as The Switch tries.
  24. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    It all works out agreeably enough, albeit in strict adherence to rom-com formula, right down to the obligatory wacky-best-friend roles given to space cadets Jeff Goldblum and Juliette Lewis.
  25. His (Bateman) performance is fun. Too bad The Switch is not.
  26. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    An unfunny, manipulative romance about two unlikable people and their prop of a son, the pic mangles the premise of its source material ("Baster," a 1996 short story by Pulitzer-winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides) in ways that ought to baffle viewers of all sociopolitical stripes.
  27. Marvel at the desperate spectacle of three comic leads-Aniston, Bateman and Watchmen's Patrick Wilson as the original donor-being outperformed by the wide-eyed Robinson, a quiet collector of silences. These stars will never be as young as he is; you wish they'd all stop trying.
  28. Reviewed by: William Thomas
    Despite winning turns by Lewis and an on-form Goldblum, the laughs are in short supply.
  29. 40
    Amiable fluff that takes its time learning how to walk, talk, and generally act like the kid-centric rom-com that it is.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Oct 2, 2011
    "The Switch" has its fun and joy thanks to the weird chem of Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston....but its all too obvious.
  2. Aug 26, 2010
    It's much better than I would have thought based on the 53 Metascore. It's not a slapstick comedy, but there are a ton of laughs. JulietteIt's much better than I would have thought based on the 53 Metascore. It's not a slapstick comedy, but there are a ton of laughs. Juliette Lewis and Jeff Goldbum are terrific and much more restrained/deadpan than you'd think. Bateman is awesome, as usual, and Aniston delivers exactly as you'd expect her to. It's not a movie you'd want to ever see more than once, but it's certainly worth seeing once. Full Review »
  3. Aug 20, 2010
    This is a nice movie ... but again what can you expect more from a romantic comedy ... the feel is nice !!
    also the acting my Jason n Jennifer
    This is a nice movie ... but again what can you expect more from a romantic comedy ... the feel is nice !!
    also the acting my Jason n Jennifer is as always incredible ..
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