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Actor Jack Nicholson, writer Carole Eastman, and director Bob Rafelson re-team 22 years after their classic Five Easy Pieces, for this romantic comedy. Nicholson plays Harry Bliss, a small potatoes security expert unhappily married to a Japanese woman (he sarcastically calls her Iwo Jima during therapy sessions). Harry's life is coming apart at the seams -- not only is his marriage on the rocks, but the IRS and assorted creditors are nipping at his heels. Then opera singer Joan Spruance (Ellen Barkin) contacts him. It seems she wants Harry's help in obtaining an attack dog for her… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 7%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A stunning disappointment considering the talent involved."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"It's a lazy-looking movie, amiable and smart, but so fuzzy, in its imagery and structure, that it suggests the sun is getting to everybody, that they all need a dip in the pool."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"It's not just bad, it's rancid."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Man Trouble is abysmally amateurish from start to finish, never making any kind of sense on any level at any time during its running time."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Any comedy with Jack Nicholson has automatically got to be great, right? Think again."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"A jaw-dropping Hollywood disaster of Hudson Hawk proportions."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Rafelson, an accomplished screenwriter, seems unable, or unwilling, to give any shape to this mess."
‑ Johanna Steinmetz, Chicago Tribune
"Nicholson is as reliably watchable as ever, but is unable to find anything inspired in Carole Eastman's unbelievably unfunny script, while the hapless Barkin is hopelessly at sea as a pathetic squealing pancake."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"This is all the sadder since director Bob Rafelson, screenwriter Carole Eastman and Nicholson were the moving forces behind Five Easy Pieces, one of the best movies of the early '70s."
‑ , People Magazine
"This romantic comedy is a bow wow."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"There was reportedly a great deal of argument and dissent during the making of the film, and it is reflected in its erratic tone and slovenly, indecisive and increasingly incoherent narrative."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"This is actually a pretty clever idea, and it's certainly ambitious -- too ambitious."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Two capable stars, Jack Nicholson and Ellen Barkin, lose their luster in this misfired comedy."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Proof that even the most talented actors - in this case, Jack Nicholson and Ellen Barkin -- can make bad choices and turn in mediocre performances in a below-par film."
‑ Joanna Berry, Radio Times
"A sad reunion for director Bob Rafelson and actor Jack Nicholson, considering their brilliant collaboration on Five Easy Pieces."
‑ Beth Accomando,
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