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  • Summary: The battle of the sexes heats up in Columbia Pictures’ comedy The Ugly Truth. Abby Richter is a romantically challenged morning show producer whose search for Mr. Perfect has left her hopelessly single. She's in for a rude awakening when her bosses team her with Mike Chadway, a hardcore TV personality who promises to spill the ugly truth on what makes men and women tick. (Sony Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 31
  2. Negative: 17 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Ruth McCann
    70
    Pleasingly glossy, refreshingly snarky and startlingly sexy.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    The Ugly Truth is an arch, contrived, entirely predictable romantic comedy assembled with sufficient audience-friendly elements to put it over as both a good girls' night attraction and a date-night lure raunchy enough to leave couples in the right mood afterward.
  3. 50
    The comedy bogs down in relentless predictability and the puzzling overuse of naughty words.
  4. Screenwriters Nicole Eastman and the "Blonde" team of Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith provide dialogue that has the propriety of the locker room.
  5. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    30
    Director Robert Luketic telegraphs every dismal comic beat from Venus and Mars, then reinforces them with a twinkling, leering score.
  6. 25
    The sort of rom-com apparatus that no relationship can overcome.
  7. 0
    This is the sort of comedy that requires you not only to suspend disbelief, but your sanity as well.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 49
  2. Negative: 23 out of 49
  1. Dec 7, 2012
    10
    A 4? I can not believe .. How does such a good film can have a punctuation so low?
  2. Apr 6, 2013
    7
    People, this is not such a bad movie!!!
    It is funny, the characters are charming, and let's face it, it is true, that's the ugly truth
    :))))).
    Ok, it is not a masterpiece either.
    It is a good, nice, easy comedy
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  3. Aug 4, 2013
    6
    Gerard Butler is hilarious and Katherine Heigl is great and one of the more unique actresses in Hollywood. Together they have great chemistry in The Ugly Truth. The only real flaw in my opinion is how predictable the movie is though. Like most chick flicks, five minutes into the movie you know exactly how it's going to end. The crude humor is somewhat fresh in the genre though, as it's more of a guy comedy style, so it's still worth a watch. Expand
  4. Sep 1, 2011
    3
    A weak romantic comedy that revels far too much in sex, sex references and pretty much anything else to do with sex. In fact, I can't think of a single joke that was unrelated to sex. I have no problem with sex jokes but when they are the only jokes on offer it makes the movie into a one trick pony. It pigeonholes itself into one form of comedy and this begins to grate very quickly. The chemistry between the leads is none existent as is a reason why they would like each other in any way beyond the physical. Their characters are unbelievable and the supporting cast is unmemorable. The Ugly Truth is so transfixed on pushing the boundaries of sex in comedies that it forgets that its primary job is to entertain. Expand
  5. Jul 5, 2013
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Must have seen this 100 times. Same old stuff, different actors. Boy meets girl, boy and girl fight, boy helps girl get other boy, girl and boy #1 realise they are in love....Why did I bother? Oh, yeah..for Gerard Butler...
    If you liked The Proposal, than you are bound to LOVE this....
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  6. Aug 9, 2011
    2
    Perhaps the worst movie I've ever seen. Katherine Heigl puts on a dreadfully self-conscious performance but of course it's difficult to act with a script that tries so hard to out-do superior comedies in raunch and humor. Expand
  7. Aug 25, 2011
    0
    If this movie was simply just a bag of awful jokes and formulaic rom-com cliches (yes, the movie actually takes itself seriously in the third act), this would just be a very awful romantic comedy. The movie attempts to be equally sexist in both regards, as if that somehow makes things better. But the problem is that the men and the women are portrayed as sexist in different ways. Men are given the treatment of shallow and sex-fueled without making light of the fact or satirically poking fun at it, while women are painted as the shrews that Heigl accused Knocked Up of representing. Oh, and here's cinch, the movie actually says that the men are right. Expand

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