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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Netflix Rating: 3.7
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
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 22%
Critics' score: 22   Audience score: 49   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Technically the genre isn't beneath contempt. But this movie is. full review

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

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. full review

Guy Lodge, Time Out

Babies are cute and expectant parents often aren't. That kind of sums up What to Expect When You're Expecting. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

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. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

Patently contrived to deliver the safer side of pregnancy-related humor over the course of five tidily intersecting plot lines. full review

William Goss,

Remember when advice books stayed on the shelves where they belonged? full review

Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

It's a sitcom-y ensemble film (complete with product placement) that feels like you're flipping around the TV dial. full review

Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail

"What to Expect" rolls out this shocking revelation: Having kids is a messy and complicated process. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

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. full review

Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

The movie turns out to be a little of everything yet succeeds only occasionally at anything. full review

Stephanie Merry, Washington Post

"What to Expect" isn't an inspired movie, but a manufactured one, but one with some laughs and some moments. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

What audiences should expect is a tone-deaf, superficial, charmless ensemble rom-com, focused on five attractive, but uninteresting, couples. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

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. full review

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

In a year when women's reproductive freedoms are constantly in the political crosshairs, What to Expect When You're Expecting feels like just another affront to anyone who owns and operates a uterus. full review

Alonso Duralde, The Wrap

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. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

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. full review

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

An amiable but disjointed movie with too many stories and not enough storytelling. full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

It makes one long for the comparative complexity and subtlety of Valentine's Day. full review

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer

What you don't expect is how bad almost all of it is. full review

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

Exactly what you'd expect. And that's not a good thing. full review

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