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Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 26
  2. Negative: 12 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Starts out as a somewhat weary farce of infidelity, but turns into something a lot more gratifying, namely a comedy of mercy.
  2. 63
    There are several stretches when the movie is actually hilarious.
  3. There is really nothing wrong with Peter Chelsom's Town & Country that younger stars would not have solved.
  4. 60
    It may be a haphazard mess, but it's actually pretty funny.
  5. What it does offer, however, are the pleasures of watching its seasoned stars expertly go through their familiar paces.
  6. Where Town and Country gets really good and weird – and I do mean good – is only after about an hour into it in deepest, darkest Idaho.
  7. 60
    Nowhere near as bad as distributor New Line seems to think.
  8. Has the air of a film and actor (Beatty)reaching clumsily for a golden past that's gone.
  9. The humor here is overcooked to the point of limpness.
  10. The movie's not bad enough to be world-ending, merely clumsy.
  11. 50
    Not unlike "Eyes Wide Shut," this is an eerily earnest contemplation of fidelity, and it's pitched as farce.
  12. Sets up a cast -- and then proceeds to knock them down like ducks in a shooting gallery.
  13. 40
    This should have been Beatty's "Wonder Boys," but the filmmakers don't seem to realize they've sent their hero on a sexual adventure that neither his heart nor his dick needs to take.
  14. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    A lot of talent on both sides of the camera operating in low gear.
  15. The film is clearly an unfinished work and one that feels like a ragged assemblage of parts from at least two entirely different movies all with the same cast.
  16. 38
    The surprise behind Town and Country isn't that the director started filming without a finished script, but that he ever thought he had the start of one.
  17. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    30
    So bewildering it's almost entertaining, this comedy of fiftysomethings and their extramarital affairs is one of those films you can actually see flailing for life.
  18. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    30
    Little entertainment value.
  19. Just coarse, clunky, jerry rigged, and -- worst of all -- not funny.
  20. What it doesn't have is a script that has anything original, cohesive, or, gasp -- funny -- to say.
  21. 20
    Limps into theaters at long last, practically begging, with every arthritic pratfall, to be put out of its misery.
  22. The plot feels arbitrary and seems driven to invent new places for its protagonists to go, as if to justify a budget on which Woody Allen could have made six much better films.
  23. The script's tone veers chaotically -- and ambitiously -- at once aiming for a Noel Coward kind of elegant sparring, then for the lightly raunchy, rompy absurdism of "What's New, Pussycat?"
  24. 10
    It's "Shampoo," 30 years after. What a surprise, then, that this effort ranks lower even than the Steve Martin remake of "The Out-of-Towners."
  25. Seems merely tired and stale, the opposite of fresh, marked by ideas for jokes rather than things that are actually funny. Then, without warning, it goes from inept to complete disaster, sinking from indifferent to fiasco in the blink of an eye.
  26. Ragging on Town & Country is like shooting a school of fish that's already belly up in a fetid barrel, but the movie's ineptitude is almost incomparable.

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