Warner Bros. Pictures dropped their new comedy movie, “How To Be Single” into theaters today, February 12th, 2016, and we’ve got all the reviews in from the major, top movie critics. The results turned out to be pretty mixed across the board with an overall score of 54 out of a possible 100 across 24 reviews at the Metacritic.com site.
The film features: Dakota Johnson, Leslie Mann and Rebel Wilson. We’ve posted comments from a few of the critics, below.
Alonso Duralde over at TheWrap, gave it a 60 score. He stated: “The script offers enough laughs to keep the movie from feeling completely disposable…and it outshines many of its genre peers through little touches like not punishing its female characters for enjoying sex and casting Damon Wayans Jr. (as a romantic interest for Alice) in a role in which his race is thoroughly irrelevant.”
Peter Keough from the Boston Globe, gave it a 50 grade, stating: “Exhausting and seemingly endless.”
Mick Lasalle over at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 50 grade. He claims: “How to Be Single is over a half hour before it’s over.”
Nick Schager over at Variety, gave it a 50 score, saying:. “Splintered between thinly sketched focal points rather than actually plumbing the real fear, paranoia and elation that come from operating without a romantic partner, How to Be Single never transcends its most sitcom-y instincts.”
Nicolas Rapold from The New York Times, gave it a 30 score. He stated: “This reheated “Sex and the City” adventure flops, even with Leslie Mann and Rebel Wilson hard at work being funny.”
Sara Stewart at the New York Post, gave it a 25 grade, saying: “It will probably not surprise you to learn that this film, generically directed by Christian Ditter (“Love, Rosie”), was written by the people behind 2009’s “He’s Just Not That Into You.” Seven years later, guess what? He’s still not that into you! And I wouldn’t be, either, not with this lot.”
Ann Hornaday over at the Washington Post, gave it an awful 25 score too. She stated: “Ultimately, How to Be Single feels reverse-engineered to justify its ending, which while admittedly gratifying, can’t accurately be described as happy. For that, it would have to be worth the contrivances, cliches and tedium that have gone before.”
Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a really good 88 score, stating: “It’s one of the most endearing romantic comedies in recent memory, with some laugh-out-loud dialogue, gorgeous photography and uniformly charming performances from the entire cast.”
Stephen Whitty over at the New York Daily News, gave it an 80 grade, saying: “This smart, raunchy comedy is a movie aimed at women. Full of frank, just-us-girls talk about men and wicked gags about drunken sex and intimate “landscaping,” it’s probably a poor choice for date night. But it’s a great pick for girl’s night out.”
Leah Greenblatt at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 75 score, saying: “How to Be Single is a lot like its Jager-bombing, romance-seeking protagonists: Cute and goofy and kind of a mess.”
Frank Scheck from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 70 score, saying: “Much like its characters’ romantic lives, How to Be Single is more enjoyable when it’s being casual.”
Christy Lemire from RogerEbert.com, gave it a 63 grade. She stated: “Think of How to Be Single as a cinematic Whitman’s Sampler: There are enough pieces that work to offset the pieces that don’t.”
Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 63 grade. He said: “Roughly half the scenes are terrible, nervously edited and predictable. The other half transcend the innate shrugginess of the script.
At the end there’s a dose of voice-over narration assigned to Johnson that is so, so very Carrie Bradshaw, you half-expect Sara Jessica Parker to show up with a lawsuit.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.