Jersey Girl
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Ollie Trinke is at the top of his game. A smooth, Manhattan music publicist, Ollie has just married the love of his life and has a child on the way. It's a perfect lie that is tragically upended when he suddenly finds himself a single father unqualified for his new role. Before long Ollie's big city lifestyle clashes head on with fatherhood. After losing his job, he's forced to move back in with his father in the New Jersey suburb where he was raised. With the help of a beautiful young friend who opens him up to love again, and a daughter who gives him the courage to keep going, he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The script stoops to cheap gags that undercut Affleck's efforts to sustain a believable character."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"The filmmaker drowns his trademark edgy stew of smutty humor, stiff acting and dime-store insight into human nature with a gravy of glutinous bathos, making for a singularly unpalatable dish."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Formulaic script and uneven tone. Disappointing."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Jersey Girl marks a low point for the tubby New Jersey auteur."
‑ Neil Smith, Film4
"Affleck is at ease in this down-to-earth drama in a way that he never seems to be in his action movies, and Castro seems like a genuine child instead of like a child actor."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"The grating sense of commercial calculation in Jersey Girl consistently undercuts Smith's fine writing."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"This kind of weepy material works in the hands of melodrama masters like Douglas Sirk or Pedro Almodovar. But here, it's over-the-top and it's just horrible."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A cloying attempt at mainstream fodder..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Mature and heartfelt, though not overly saccharine."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Smith reinvents the romantic-comedy by making a film about a man in love with his kid."
‑ Don R. Lewis, Film Threat
"Inspired by Smith's own awe and amazement at being a father, the movie is modest and entertaining, with a minimum of sentimental goo, and it demands little of us except a good-natured willingness to go with it."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Smith is looking more and more like a developing major talent, so it could be years until we get a handle on this movie's legacy."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"Jersey Girl obeys the classic conventions of romantic comedy but there are ingredients in this mix that raise it a notch above average."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"It takes more than a couple of dirty one-liners to retain your edge in light, predictable fare."
‑ Eric Melin,
"In several ways Jersey Girl is more appealing than Clerks or Mallrats.... Nonetheless, it lacks the smart observational-humor edge and often thoughtful boldness -- and, most frustratingly, the promise -- of Chasing Amy or Dogma."
‑ Mark Bourne,
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