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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is indeed likable. But director Hugh Wilson, who co-wrote the script with Peter Torokvei, just skims the surface of potentially rich territory."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"Like the role itself, Cage is clearly in service here to a fabled but fading star, and he seldom slips on that second banana."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"We have seen it before: The movie throws together two individuals (Shirley Maclaine and Nicolas Cage) who could not have been more different and then shows us how they learn to respect each other."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A fun idea, blandly executed"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"For the first half-hour, the tension between Cage and MacLaine makes for some truly funny moments, but then it seems as if director Hugh Wilson called a wrap too early."
‑ Shellie Iliff, Palo Alto Weekly
"Cage is on best behaviour here, but he's not an especially sympathetic performer."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"What counts is the comic tension between MacLaine and Cage. It's so well done, it doesn't matter how dumb things get."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Competently executed and entertaining, chiefly due to the first-rate performances of stars Cage and MacLaine."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Speaks to the universal human yearning for someone to watch over us."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"They should have pulled her detail."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Mr. Cage, once again sounding mock-suave and Elvisy, makes the most of his character's fragile cool."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"There are a few good jokes, some solid chemistry between the leads, and a little pathos, but it all doesn't add up to very much."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Straightforward but enjoyable comedy that sees Cage and MacLaine going at it hammer and tongs -- although not in that sense."
‑ , Film4
"So-so sitcom-like star comedy."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A chance to watch two great actors shine in rich, funny, real roles."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
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