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  • Summary: Carl Allen's life is going nowhere--the operative word being "no"--until he signs up for a self-help program based on one simple covenant: say "yes" to everything...and anything. Unleashing the power of "YES" begins to transform Carl's life in amazing and unexpected ways, getting himCarl Allen's life is going nowhere--the operative word being "no"--until he signs up for a self-help program based on one simple covenant: say "yes" to everything...and anything. Unleashing the power of "YES" begins to transform Carl's life in amazing and unexpected ways, getting him promoted at work and opening the door to a new romance. But his willingness to embrace every opportunity might just become too much of a good thing. (Warner Bros.) Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. 75
    Undemanding, light, and enjoyable.
  2. Carrey's most satisfying live-action effort since "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."
  3. Like many previous Carrey vehicles, the point of this one directed by Peyton Reed is that one should not live at the extremes, but should achieve a balance between low and high, no and yes.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    50
    Though the movie is no more than agreeable, it does provide a swell showcase for New Zealand wundercomic Rhys Darby (Murray the hapless agent on HBO's Flight of the Conchords) and gives the astrally adorable Zooey Deschanel a rare shot at a lead role in a big Hollywood movie.
  5. 50
    Jim Carrey works the premise for all it's worth, but it doesn't allow him to bust loose and fly.
  6. 50
    It's nice to see a high-concept comedy with such a generous concept.
  7. 10
    With Yes Man, Carrey has bled the well dry, doing everything he knows how to do, over and over again, just to prove that he still knows how to do it. It's exhilarating to see brilliance in a comic; but by the time you start smelling it, the game is over.

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  1. Positive: 42 out of 58
  2. Negative: 10 out of 58
  1. Feb 1, 2011
    10
    A light, funny and enjoyable film that isn't for the whole family, But for a jim carrey fan who is in the mood for a wild, sometimes vulgarA light, funny and enjoyable film that isn't for the whole family, But for a jim carrey fan who is in the mood for a wild, sometimes vulgar comedy.SEE it? yes yes yes!!! Expand
  2. RyanD.
    Dec 22, 2008
    10
    This movie was absolutely wonderful. I was laughing all the way through, and I couldn't agree more with the message.
  3. SaraP.
    Dec 19, 2008
    9
    This was the best (funnyest) carrey movie ever. It wasnt a deep movie but it got good laughs.
  4. Nov 28, 2012
    7
    A more refined Jim Carrey doesn't disappoint in this generally worthwhile comedy.
  5. Dec 23, 2011
    6
    The ending may be rushed, but a funny and somewhat unique idea is well executed in Yes Man. I really liked Jim Carrey's performance and thisThe ending may be rushed, but a funny and somewhat unique idea is well executed in Yes Man. I really liked Jim Carrey's performance and this comedy may be worth watching. Expand
  6. JayH
    Apr 4, 2009
    5
    Likable but rather empty comedy. Very typical of Jim Carrey, but very much lacks originality. It's just a rehash of numerous of his Likable but rather empty comedy. Very typical of Jim Carrey, but very much lacks originality. It's just a rehash of numerous of his earlier films. Zooey Deschanel is charming though. Expand
  7. Darwin
    Dec 21, 2008
    0
    It's the end of the line for Jim Carrey. It's almost as if he's stuck in a time warp back in the 90's. He needs a script It's the end of the line for Jim Carrey. It's almost as if he's stuck in a time warp back in the 90's. He needs a script with new material to salvage his once superstar career. Too many bad movies to suit me. Expand

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