Something's Gotta Give 2003

Critics score:
71 / 100

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Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: Keaton overcomes the convenience and contrivances of Meyers' script to bring out the best in the predictable scenario, not to mention in Nicholson. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: A textbook example of how star power alone can sometimes shore up a rickety vehicle. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: As a valentine to Keaton -- and a rare romantic comedy in which both leads need glasses to see what time it is -- it provides some long-overdue pleasures. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: Nicholson, with his swagger and cunning, and Keaton, with her nerves and off-kilter timing, show us why the old-style romantic comedies worked and why they can work just as well in an age of sexual candor. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: Nicholson and Keaton each deliver rich and big comedic performances as two smart and interesting people who are so obviously right for each other -- if only they could overcome their respective problems. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Something's Gotta Give can be formulaic, but watching the incandescent Nicholson and Keaton, all loose and funny and sharing jokes about reading glasses, is a rare treat. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: Doesn't America's 50-and-fabulous set deserve better than a movie this superficial and pandering? Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Stumbles in miscalculating how far it needs to go to make this particular romance convincing when, as another romantic comedy character put it, it had us from hello. Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: This contrived fantasy has a few funny moments, but the wish-fulfillment factor is its draw. Read more

Paul Clinton (, Sharp, witty, and deep-down funny, Something's Gotta Give is one of the best adult romantic comedies of the year -- or the last few years, for that matter. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: As dazzlingly enjoyable as it is deeply intelligent. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: But really, seriously, what woman wouldn't want to be Keaton, all sexy, funny, tender, quick, and never more charismatic in her animated access to her own feelings? And what man, of any age, wouldn't want to be with her? Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: A romance comedy of the type favoured by writer-director Nancy Meyers, who, from her script for Private Benjamin to her remakes of Father of the Bride, has never met a laugh she couldn't reduce to a formula. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: The movie's effectiveness boils down to Ms. Keaton. You cheer for her when she laughs. You sympathize with her when she weeps. And when she does both at the same time, you realize how completely human her character is. Read more

Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly: It's really no more than a coy wish list for all the women who ever wanted to bring Jack Nicholson to heel. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: All the romantic comedy cues are firmly in place, buttressed by none of the substance. Read more

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News: It's about time the mature woman got the romantic upper hand, making Something's Gotta Give a long time coming. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: Mr. Nicholson has the gentlemanly grace to step aside and let Ms. Keaton claim the movie. She in turn brings out the best in everyone around her. Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: Ms. Keaton projects her wondrously warm personality, and the erstwhile Jake Gittes keeps us entertained with a sense of irony that keeps things from getting too sticky. Read more

Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel: Nicholson and Keaton do what they can to compensate for the script's weaknesses, which is actually quite a bit. Even without age-specific dialogue to help them out, they manage to suggest a strong connection between their characters. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: The problems lie not in the movie's ideas or casting, but in the sitcom-like screenplay employed by writer/director Nancy Meyers, and in the inability of the filmmakers to cut the movie down to a reasonable length. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: [Keaton and Nicholson] bring so much experience, knowledge and humor to their characters that the film works in ways the screenplay might not have even hoped for. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: The moments between the characters are absolutely full. It's a pleasure to watch such consummate professionals. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: The movie itself reveals nothing, but it's entertaining. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: While the film won't drive you delirious with suspense about where it's going, the journey is pleasant enough. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: There's a lot of pleasure in watching seasoned pros like Nicholson and Keaton do their pas de deux of late-blooming romance. Read more

Derek Adams, Time Out: Read more

USA Today: Without Nicholson and Keaton, the movie would be fair. With them, it's one of the few good romantic comedies this year. Read more

Scott Foundas, Variety: Slapdash. Read more

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice: A standard-issue bog of glossy idiocy and audience disrespect. Read more