Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. A frequently hilarious exercise in one sex desperately trying to figure out the other.
  2. 75
    If the movie is imperfect, it's not boring and is often very funny, as in a solo dance that Nick does in his apartment, to Frank Sinatra singing "I Won't Dance."
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    75
    Delivers on the promise of its playful premise, thanks to some sly gender role reversals and Gibson's willingness to play along.
  4. A merry romantic comedy in the screwball tradition.
  5. Gibson, in a disarmingly nimble, fast break performance, makes Nick's new hyperempathy look like the essence of virile panache.
  6. 63
    A wobbly fantasy that relies on the actor's mischievous energy and rakish charisma for its laughs.
  7. Adequately funny but predictable sitcom
  8. Without Gibson, this soufflé would fall pancake-flat.
  9. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    Sheer energy and audience allure to burn, even if numerous speed bumps cause many of the comic possibilities to go tumbling overboard.
  10. 58
    It's never subtle or clever, but it's big, loud and clear.
  11. 55
    As classic romantic comedy goes, it ain't no "Tootsie."
  12. The dialogue isn't quite as sparkling and the plot twists aren't quite as snappy as you want them to be. And the story keeps rambling on after its oomph runs wearisomely thin.
  13. The movie's gimmick for airing the contents of a woman's head is not unlike that used for the dogs and tots in those "Look Who's Talking" movies.
  14. It's like 90 minutes of teasing foreplay, and then, just when it's about to get really good, your partner rolls over and goes to sleep.
  15. Narrow definitions of femininity limit the comedy and the romance.
  16. 50
    This is not a great comedy, but it has some honest laughs, a few touching moments.
  17. 50
    Starts with a great idea, but the movie's potential drops faster than the tech stocks on the Nasdaq.
  18. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    The picture has some fun slapstick set pieces and an inventively manic turn by Gibson.
  19. Fans of bubbly romances can consider this a thumbs up. I call it a clenched-teeth concession at best.
  20. 50
    Gibson and the overexposed Hunt don't exactly burn up the screen, not that it much matters. The charm isn't in the relationship, it's in Gibson's puckish appeal.
  21. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    40
    A wildly overblown, unpleasantly smirky mess of a film.
  22. 40
    Gibson has never lacked chemistry with his leading ladies, from Sigourney Weaver in "The Year of Living Dangerously" to Julia Roberts in "Conspiracy Theory," but faced with the awkward Hunt -- Hollywood's bland antidote to the Lolita syndrome -- he doesn't even try.
  23. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    40
    The scene doesn't amount to much more than a logical extension of its lightweight premise.
  24. A vaguely amusing formulaic comedy with a premise that turns out to be more discomforting than endearing.
  25. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    40
    Has its heart in the right place, but its funnybone is out of joint.
  26. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    40
    It just runs on and on -- like a slightly stupid story you wish you hadn't overheard in a singles bar.
  27. 35
    Shallow characters the audience cares little about, an unbelievable situation rather than a potent plot, and, for those who don’t find men-in-pantyhose or poodle-poop jokes hilarious, not many funny lines.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Jan 18, 2013
    8
    This film isn't exactly groundbreaking in any significant way. Nevertheless, it is a very solid film... if you can suspend your belief regarding the mind-reading (and the way he gains and loses the ability). Mel Gibson gives an absolutely stellar performance and looks pretty good to boot. Helen Hunt's performance is also quite sublime. This film even deals with the topic of suicide in a very profound and tear jerking way. I had to pause the film so as not to break out in tears... and I'm not the type to cry at films much

    All in all its worth a watch
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