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Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 31
  2. Negative: 5 out of 31
  1. 75
    A preposterous plot, but it's not about a plot, it's about acting.
  2. 75
    The Coen brothers might have done something inspired with this, but director Kanievska... turns out a more modestly entertaining little low-budget movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    The film never drags, but one of the enjoyable things about it is its way of taking its time letting us get to know and savor the characters.
  4. 75
    It's just another modest, unsurprising little heist flick. So why is it so much fun? Newman.
  5. 75
    A light, old-fashioned, likable film that capitalizes on the personae of its three key performers and a sort of playfulness.
  6. 70
    Coasts to a smooth, frictionless stop, but its star doesn't; he works as if his career depended on this movie.
  7. 67
    Ultimately a fluffy bit of caper-noir, the success of Where the Money Is rests heavily with Old Blue Eyes.
  8. I don't know that Where the Money Is would work at all were it not for what we, the audience, bring into the theater.
  9. A wildly improbable story that neither Newman nor co-stars Fiorentino and Mulroney, for all their panache and chemistry, can make much sense of it.
  10. The film makers are so anxious to please their audience that they turn the last act into a preposterous cat-and-mouse game that nullifies the integrity of the story.
  11. Easygoing and easy to take, the movie isn't much.
  12. Maybe this is a case of too many cooks spoiling a simple broth: The movie had four producers, five executive producers, three writers (credited ones, anyhow) and three editors.
  13. 60
    There's a caper and there are some laughs, but this isn't a larky caper flick; it's a pulpy little story that could at any minute go straight to hell.
  14. 60
    The romance and sheer fun that Where the Money Is packs into its swift 89 minutes follow from the sweet surprise that neither is threatened by the other.
  15. It's a lifeless little caper piece that never develops the magic and intellectual fascination it needs to bond with an audience.
  16. Reviewed by: Richard T. Jameson
    52
    Hazards nothing to speak of and asks chiefly to be congratulated for its modesty.
  17. Newman's magnetic face isn't enough to raise this intermittently amusing thriller above the ordinary caper-comedy crowd.
  18. Leaves you in no doubt of where the talent is in what would otherwise be a throwaway picture.
  19. A forced, implausible flick that loses its energy as it tries to gain momentum.
  20. Reviewed by: Craig Marine
    50
    If you haven't taken your mother to a movie in a while, this is the ticket, with its PG-13 rating, lack of violence and like that.
  21. 50
    With Newman, the movie emerges as a lively character piece with flashes of humor and grace.
  22. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    50
    There's very little here that rises above the level of a competent straight-to-video picture, except that whenever Paul Newman and Linda Fiorentino are onscreen together they create something special.
  23. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    50
    Utterly lacks the spark that makes caper movies fun.
  24. 40
    Lacks any layers beyond its own amiable inconsequentiality. It needs the spark of the distinctively American slapstick craziness that has distinguished Frye's previous work.
  25. The only way the film could have had a prayer of working--and thereby tapping its stars' considerable strengths--is by taking a much harder edge and going for dark, even bleak humor.
  26. The bad news? The story, which rumbles along like an unattended wheelchair on a gently sloping sidewalk.
  27. 38
    The unrelentingly dull Where the Money Is tests his (Newman's) legendary charisma in a way no actor could overcome.
  28. 30
    A caper film hardly worthy of his (Newman's) presence.
  29. 30
    Slips by quickly enough, but it never engages our interest more than passingly.
  30. This caper movie starts off as enjoyable guff before turning strictly formulaic and winding up as unenjoyable guff.
  31. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    20
    Newman's charismatic, multishaded performance elevates the hodgepodge caper comedy a couple of notches above its preposterous plotting and self-consciously movieish texture.

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