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Acclaimed music-video director Jesse Peretz made his third feature with this comedy starring Zach Braff and Jason Bateman. Tom (Braff) is an aspiring chef whose wife Sofia (Amanda Peet) has just quit her high-paying job to stay home with their new baby. When it becomes abundantly clear that they can no longer maintain their New York City lifestyle, the family picks up and moves to Sofia's hometown in Ohio, where Tom is hired to work at her father's ad agency. It is there that Tom meets Chip (Bateman), the agency's wheelchair-bound golden boy, who also happened to have a one-night… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mildly amusing but far too timid."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"What if Zach Braff acted in one more quarter-life-crisis movie, and instead of Sundance it went straight to video? If only that's what had happened to The Ex."
‑ Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
"Jokes just somehow hung in the air instead of collecting their laugh and moving on."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"This movie ain't all that funny."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"The whole movie is so generic feeling and such a blatant waste of precious smart-comedy resources, I can't advise anyone to see it. I gave it Network with Snacks because Jason Bateman needs a vehicle for his brilliance wherever he can get one."
‑ Karina Montgomery,
"Though Bateman rolls through the film with sly comic skill, the whole exercise seems half-baked -- a high concept and some funny gags that do not a great comedy make."
‑ Tom Beer, Time Out New York
"Delayed, re-titled and presumably at least partially re-shot, Jesse Peretz's troubled office-bound romantic comedy The Ex is as half-baked as you'd expect it to be, but the better half -- the office half -- really does cook."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"It should be good. It's got a well-known, talented cast from top to bottom and the subject of ex-boyfriends is limitless. Instead it has the feel of a straight-to-DVD failure."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"All in all, this flick is sure to make even the staunchest movie-goer reassess his or her notions about date movies. It's a "laugh out loud on more than one occasion" kind of movie full of good writing, good acting and characters you'll become invested in"
‑ , IGN Movies
"Zach Braff brings what he always does -- a basic mopey charm, some sarcasm, even a rudimentary self-awareness."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Braff has a natural likability, but the screenplay gives him so many stupid, far-fetched and annoying things to do that The Ex loses credibility quickly."
‑ Hap Erstein, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"It's really pitiful."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Uneven Braff comedy OK, but lacks ex-citement."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Here's a quirky comedy that has its moments %u2013 many of which we've seen before in previous films."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"Similar to Are We Done Yet? this insipid comedy pits the idiotic hero against an impossibly perfect villain. As a result, the movie has no intelligent, truthful or sympathetic characters."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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