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It's a romantic comedy with a distinctly modern, delicate but sharp, satirical cutting edge.
New York Times:
If the movie had the courage to show that women are complex people, it would be a much more inspired picture.
It should be called What Moviegoers Want, because it appeals to both sexes, without pandering to or demeaning either of them.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie,
If you're in the mood for some well-done fluff -- with some deft performances and bright dialogue -- you could do a lot worse.
Los Angeles Times:
It says a lot about this film that the most moving moment it provides is a Nike commercial for female runners created by the real-life Weiden-Kennedy Agency.
While Nick comes to appreciate women in all their complexity and depth, the movie is only interested in them as props and tools to aid in his eventual enlightenment.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com),
Set your standards on neutral, and enjoy it for exactly what it is -- mindless entertainment that will make you laugh but won't linger in your mind much farther than the theater's parking lot.
[Hunt] elevates what might have been a cute, familiarly plotted movie into a romance with real heart, sweetness and genuine emotion.
That the movie is made by a woman who can challenge any male filmmaker on Earth for ham-handed direction connotes some kind of sexual equality.
It's most productive to view it for what it is -- a romantic comedy that is as entertaining as it is inconsequential.
It's not boring and is often very funny, as in a solo dance that Nick does in his apartment, to Frank Sinatra singing 'I Won't Dance.'
Although What Women Want is being marketed toward women, it does nothing but condescend to them.
Gibson seems all but inflated with helium throughout, which contagiously lifts everyone else around him.
Fans of bubbly romances can consider this a thumbs up. I call it a clenched-teeth concession at best.