What to Expect When You're Expecting

What-1-thumbstandard This star-studded romantic comedy follows the intersecting lives of several couples as they hazard the ups and downs of pregnancy and impending parenthood. In the process, they discover some important lessons about life and love.
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NYT Review
“What to Expect When You’re Expecting," directed by Kirk Jones, takes the edge off Heidi Murkoff’s best seller, probably for the dads, mostly. Read the review
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Technically the genre isn't beneath contempt. But this movie is.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader  full review
Bringing a child into the world is no laughing matter, and all involved seem to have done their level best to make things as mirthless as possible.
Guy Lodge, Time Out  full review
Babies are cute and expectant parents often aren't. That kind of sums up What to Expect When You're Expecting.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
Director Kirk Jones and screenwriters Shauna Cross and Heather Hach consistently fall back on corny music and slow-motion to try to get laughs. Very little of this movie feels risky, or even frisky.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
Patently contrived to deliver the safer side of pregnancy-related humor over the course of five tidily intersecting plot lines.
William Goss,  full review
Remember when advice books stayed on the shelves where they belonged?
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald  full review
It's a sitcom-y ensemble film (complete with product placement) that feels like you're flipping around the TV dial.
Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail  full review
"What to Expect" rolls out this shocking revelation: Having kids is a messy and complicated process.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
The film is dully shot and so predictably plotted, you could tick off the items like you're packing a bag for the delivery room.
Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post  full review
The movie turns out to be a little of everything yet succeeds only occasionally at anything.
Stephanie Merry, Washington Post  full review
"What to Expect" isn't an inspired movie, but a manufactured one, but one with some laughs and some moments.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
What audiences should expect is a tone-deaf, superficial, charmless ensemble rom-com, focused on five attractive, but uninteresting, couples.
Claudia Puig, USA Today  full review
Cute couple Kendrick and Crawford are completely lost at sea. But the guys in the Dudes Group have the worst of it - they are a whiny, unappealing bunch through and through.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times  full review
The writing is sharp and the performances bright, and if you've been through the forced gestational march known as pregnancy, there are knowing laughs to be had.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
The still-born What To Expect... is an all-star dud that could be easily confused with Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve, except for the absence of Ashton Kutcher.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone  full review
An amiable but disjointed movie with too many stories and not enough storytelling.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
It makes one long for the comparative complexity and subtlety of Valentine's Day.
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
What you don't expect is how bad almost all of it is.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News  full review
Exactly what you'd expect. And that's not a good thing.
Richard Roeper, Richard  full review
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