As Good As It Gets
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Funny, but not a light comedy for youngsters.
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Fresh: An almost-convincing imaginary universe.
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Saturday, January 1, 2000
Rotten: The trouble lies in the rambling narrative, Brooks' cautious direction and the cosy tone which renders the whole thing reminiscent of an extended sitcom.
- Geoff Andrew, Time Out, Saturday, June 24, 2006
"Brace yourself for Melvin." A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship REVIEW Another sitcom-style comedy for adults from James L. Brooks. Like all of Brooks' films, this one is well acted and written and it's always entertaining, but it's also unchallenging and cinematically uninteresting, and always feels slightly sanitized, even when it's dealing with rough topics. Jack Nicholson plays yet another version of crazy in the kind of role that his later career has been full of. Helen Hunt was hot at the moment because of "Mad About You," and while it's inconceivable all these years later that she actually won an Oscar for this film, her experience in sitcom acting suits Brooks and his material well (though there's quite an ick factor in seeing her paired with someone so much older and lecherous). Greg Kinnear rounds out the principal cast as a gay artist, while Shirley Knight and Cuba Gooding Jr. appear in smaller roles.
- mrpopcorn, Wednesday, June 9, 2010
This is, by far, one of the best performances by Jack Nicholson and a very well-deserved Oscar he got. It's as though the role had been written especially for him, he had it perfectly, and this is probably my favourite role of his. Helen Hunt was great, too, and I also loved the screenplay. Overall, one of the most enjoyable comedy I've seen, a romantic film that manages to be heartwarming and never sound fake. I loved it.
- emilebond007, Thursday, January 21, 2010