3 stars out of 5 -- "[S]exy, touching and astringently funny....Diaz and Collette are sensational, and MacLaine -- underplaying to marvelous effect -- does her best acting in years."
"[A] richly textured story. Ms. Collette is so very good and goes so very deep inside her character -- bringing us right alongside her -- that she becomes the de facto center of the film as well as the beneficiary of our greatest emotional investment."New York Times
"[T]his is the most enjoyable film of its type in recent memory....The movie takes off in some pleasurable directions -- some comic, some touching."USA Today
"The plot math is neat, the cultural references are easy, the jokes are sitcom-honed..."
"The film improves whenever MacLaine is on screen; she brings a wry, world-weary dignity to the role of Ella."
Sight and Sound
Included in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Films Of The Year -- "Curtis Hanson directs this charmed confection with a romance and pain, a frivolity and grace, that will leave you laughing through tears."
"The diverse talents of Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine all shine under the capable direction of Curtis Hanson..."
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