What Women Want

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

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Critic Reviews

  1. A frequently hilarious exercise in one sex desperately trying to figure out the other.
  2. 75
    Delivers on the promise of its playful premise, thanks to some sly gender role reversals and Gibson's willingness to play along.
  3. A merry romantic comedy in the screwball tradition.
  4. 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."
  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. Without Gibson, this soufflé would fall pancake-flat.
  8. Adequately funny but predictable sitcom
  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. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    The picture has some fun slapstick set pieces and an inventively manic turn by Gibson.
  16. Fans of bubbly romances can consider this a thumbs up. I call it a clenched-teeth concession at best.
  17. 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.
  18. 50
    This is not a great comedy, but it has some honest laughs, a few touching moments.
  19. 50
    Starts with a great idea, but the movie's potential drops faster than the tech stocks on the Nasdaq.
  20. Narrow definitions of femininity limit the comedy and the romance.
  21. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    40
    The scene doesn't amount to much more than a logical extension of its lightweight premise.
  22. A wildly overblown, unpleasantly smirky mess of a film.
  23. A vaguely amusing formulaic comedy with a premise that turns out to be more discomforting than endearing.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    40
    Has its heart in the right place, but its funnybone is out of joint.
  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.
  28. 30
    Would have proved the point if it weren't so mechanically scripted.
  29. Really, what women want is what all of us want: a decent movie, something vaguely insightful and occasionally funny. This isn't that movie.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 107 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 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 beliefThis 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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  2. JimM.
    Sep 30, 2007
    10
    Mel Gibson's charming performance shines in an otherwise moderately amusing movie. He's become the best comedic leading man Mel Gibson's charming performance shines in an otherwise moderately amusing movie. He's become the best comedic leading man I've seen in a very long time--maybe ever. I'd have to go all the way back to Cary Grant to find anybody even comparable, but Gibson offers accessibility and vulnerability that Grant never had. He even makes romance with Helen Hunt believable. Marisa Tomei is good too, beautiful and sweet. I give it a 10 because Mel Gibson is so astonishingly good. Otherwise it'd get about a 4. Full Review »
  3. ChrisH.
    Jan 4, 2006
    0
    Awful, brainless, misogynist tripe.