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Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 32
  2. Negative: 10 out of 32
  1. 80
    This comedy is packed with p---- jokes, the cruder the better.
  2. 75
    A bawdy, brainy sex comedy geared toward smart people with a sophomoric streak.
  3. Reviewed by: Phoebe Flowers
    75
    An unapologetically stupid and implausible movie, but in the best possible way -- it's so sure of itself, it wins you over.
  4. 75
    The trouble is that the film forsakes one sort of energy for another, and the downshift is a drag.
  5. Nothing more than a sort of dumb, sort of clever fish out of water comedy.
  6. 75
    It's still easily the funniest movie of the year.
  7. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    The film is almost as shaky as the science, but Nichols knows how to get the most out of what amounts to a one-joke comedy, and Bening works virtual miracles.
  8. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    70
    Let your children have their childhood while you have a rare, grown-up experience at the multi-plex for a change.
  9. In another universe - though it is difficult to imagine which one - Garry Shandling might be sexy.
  10. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    63
    Shandling and Nichols strain to reach a mainstream audience and wind up sounding like they, too, have been trained to tell us what we want to hear. Sorry, guys, but you don't score.
  11. The film's asset, in a walk, is Bening, whose comic timing puts Shandling to shame.
  12. Reviewed by: Graham Verdon
    60
    With Gary Shandling appearing in just about every scene, only fans of his trademark whiny, disinterested delivery and sexist un-political correctness have a hope of enjoying his new film.
  13. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    Garry Shandling is poignant and hilarious as an alien stud.
  14. 50
    Nichols usually can lure A-list casts to even C-grade projects, and this is no exception.
  15. It's good for a few guffaws and chuckles, but in between the screen has a tendency to stretch at the corners and go flat.
  16. Goodman's comic delivery gets maximum mileage from a few amusing situations, though.
  17. 50
    There's a certain satisfaction in recognizing that Harold -- even when he inevitably starts to feel, just like a human -- remains something of an a--hole.
  18. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    50
    Unfortunately the whole thing is less than the sum of its parts, despite a frequently droll script and a great performance from Shandling.
  19. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    Good for a few lascivious titters but quite lacking in the sort of comic bite and social satire one hopes for in the work of Mike Nichols.
  20. Reviewed by: Richard T. Jameson
    48
    This one somehow gets about 300 percent better in its last quarter-hour -- suddenly this is a movie worth watching -- and it's over.
  21. 40
    The buildup to social criticism in what at first appears to be pointless and partly misogynist exploitation is subtly impressive.
  22. Has its sinfully funny moments. Funny, that is, if you appreciate a certain cynical clamminess -- or Buck Henry seediness -- to your comedy.
  23. Adequately breezy and sleazy -- a movie about the horniest man in the universe looking for a little one-night stand.
  24. 25
    Here is the most uncomfortable movie of the new year, an exercise in feel-good smut.
  25. 20
    Shandling comes off as a sleazebag -- all that's missing are the gold chains, tufted chest hair and English Leather.
  26. Sporadically funny, often strange and almost never poignant.
  27. 20
    Quite possibly, this could have been a hit back in 1975 or so, and almost certainly for Blake Edwards, but here and now it's just a puzzling aberration.
  28. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    20
    At once smug and lazy, qualities fatal to comedy.
  29. 20
    Bening's prickliness is pure delight, but there's only so much she can do. It's a terrible fate for an actress to be upstaged by a humming p----.
  30. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    10
    The combination of Shandling's button-down TV sensibility and Nichols's good taste produces a film whose tone is out of sync with the simple, ribald conceit and is only mildly amusing at best.
  31. 10
    Wants to be sweet and dark at the same time, but it is as distant as a planet's satellite.

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