The Next Best Thing
The Next Best Thing (2000)

Best buddies Abbie (Madonna), a heterosexual yoga instructor, and Robert (Rupert Everett), a gay landscaper, cope with failed relationships, the approach of middle age, and the AIDS-related death of a mutual friend by sticking together as a… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 2, 2005
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Critic Score: 19% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Story elements clash and acting falls short.

Chris Garcia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A dreary little journey that starts as a cutesy sitcom and nosedives into leaden soap opera.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

This movie remains full of high Hollywood cliches.

Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

This astonishingly bad tearjerker, a Fannie Hurst weepie with a gay twist, is as phony as a three-dollar bill and just about as entertaining.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Never having decided whether it wants to be comedy or a sentimental hand-wringer, it tries to be both and winds up being neither.

Paul Clinton (

A pleasing but mindless diversion that goes down well with buttered popcorn and a large Coke.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Well-intentioned but heavy-handed.

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Roger Ebert
At the Movies

Madonna never emerges as a plausible human being in the movie; she's more like a spokeswoman for a video on alternative parenting lifestyles.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The very first scene in the new Madonna movie The Next Best Thing stumbles and the movie never recovers.

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Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

If you thought Madonna's singing was flat, wait until you see how listlessly she delivers her lines in this film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 35% Flixster User Reviews
Candy Rose
Rupert and Madonna re friends who have a drunken night.
Leigh Ryan
Not too bad...
xGary Xx
Will someone PLEASE tell Madonna to stick to the day job?? She's just embarrassing herself...and someone should tell Rupert Everett that having an english… More
Nate Zoebl
[font=Arial][color=darkred]The Next Best Thing' offers viewers the chance to see an off-kilter romance and drama about the raising of children through… More
Michael Gildea
I paid $1.50 to see this and I felt ripped off.
Dannielle Albert
I found everything from the plot outline to the happy Hollywood ending implausible. Though, it was interesting to see the possibilities if this actually… More