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  • Summary: Over the moon about starting a family, TV fitness guru Jules and dance show star Evan find that their high-octane celebrity lives don't stand a chance against the surprise demands of pregnancy. Baby-crazy author and advocate Wendy gets a taste of her own militant mommy advice when pregnancy hormones ravage her body; while Wendy's husband, Gary, struggles not to be outdone by his competitive alpha-Dad, who's expecting twins with his much younger trophy wife, Skyler. Photographer Holly is prepared to travel the globe to adopt a child, but her husband Alex isn't so sure, and tries to quiet his panic by attending a "dudes" support group, where new fathers get to tell it like it really is. And quandary: what to do when your first child comes before your first date? (Lionsgate) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 30
  2. Negative: 7 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    May 17, 2012
    75
    The writing is sharp and the performances bright, and if you've been through the forced gestational march known as pregnancy, there are knowing laughs to be had. If you haven't, do yourself a favor and stay away.
  2. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 17, 2012
    60
    The overall mood is of warm reassurance, and some of it is even pretty funny.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    May 16, 2012
    50
    The only surprise is that Garry Marshall didn't direct this jumbled, star-studded kibitz and rename it "Mothers Day."
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    May 18, 2012
    50
    Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez provide the star power, but what's missing is script power.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 16, 2012
    40
    The worst thing about What to Expect When You're Expecting, director Kirk Jones' fictionalized film version, is how fake it is, how cartoonish the experiences.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    May 26, 2012
    40
    Someday Hollywood will think of women as more than fallopian tubes in heels; until then, we're stuck with this kind of project.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    May 15, 2012
    10
    For all the fear, loathing, and overthinking that Murkoff's bedside text engenders, its journey ends with the hopeful beginning of a new life, whereas the movie leaves you hoping for a swift end to your own.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 20
  2. Negative: 6 out of 20
  1. May 19, 2012
    10
    These critics are nuts!!! And this is why I NEVER EVER believe what they say! The movie was hilarious!!! Love Cameron Diaz and the cast! True entertainment!!!!! Thank you!!! Expand
  2. Aug 30, 2014
    9
    Although the performance of Jennifer Lopez is not among the best ones of her career and there is some swearing too much, this movie is still a healthy comedy to enjoy with friends to joke about it and its crazy plot. Expand
  3. Sep 30, 2012
    5
    85 Percent awkward and unfunny moments, 15 percent OK bits featuring a few cute moments. Overall, 'What to Expect When You're Expecting' fails to do anything new whatsoever, resulting in yet another standard, boring rom-com. At least Anna Kendrick isn't bad. Also, the group of dads at the park are very unfunny, and could've been utilized loads better. Collapse
  4. Sep 1, 2014
    4
    Although the cast (Elizabeth Banks, Cameron Diaz, etc.) makes this one completely watchable, What to Expect When You're Expecting is an over-cliched mess and not all that funny. Expand
  5. Aug 30, 2012
    3
    Shockingly unoriginal, doesn't hit on any note. Plays like an equally-bad version of "Valentine's Day"/"New Year's Eve" giving stars cameos and no real meaty parts. Just press stop. Expand
  6. Nov 25, 2012
    0
    Terrible acting;terrible movie.I predict that it'll be nominated to the Razzie Awards.When I went to see it in the theater I got bored.I hope it'll be the winner of the 33th edition of the Razzie Awards for Worst Picture. Expand

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