The Dilemma
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Vince Vaughn and Kevin James headline an all-star comedy from director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer about a man who finds out that what you don't say to a friend is just as important as what you do. Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum and Queen Latifah join them in The Dilemma, a story of how far you can bend a brotherly bond before it snaps. Since college, confirmed bachelor Ronny (Vaughn) and happily married Nick (James) have been through thick and thin. Now partners in an auto design firm, the two pals are vying to land a dream project that would launch their… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As cumbersome and drawn out as a slowly deflating tire, this cinematic collision between Vaughn's celebrated funny-surly persona and Howard's earnest pedigree is a bore -- and a serious miscalculation."
‑ Donald Munro, Miami Herald
"Perhaps the late Blake Edwards could have found a balance between slapstick and psychodrama, but Ron Howard can't get the pacing right, and Allan Loeb's script is even wordier than the one he wrote for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Lacking any great surprises, this story meanders along trying to prolong the dilemma for as long as possible."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"It deals with a serious issue of problems in a marriage, but it does so in such an ignorant, clumsy, sophomoric way with a sexist point of view that it loses any value, either morally or in terms of entertainment."
‑ Tony Medley,
"Director Ron Howard, usually a surer touch behind the camera, seems out of his element here, unable to bring anything into clear comedic focus."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"Who ever thought that Ron Howard could make a cult film? This movie is a mess, but it's an intelligent and affecting mess."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"The filmmakers just don't know what to do about the ladies."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Unsettling and so off tone that we wonder if we are supposed to be laughing at this at all."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"The man who grew up on sitcoms and then made agreeable diversions like Splash and Parenthood seems to have lost his comedic touch."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"The story may wander, and bears none of Howard's usual hallmarks, but the talent involved ensures The Dilemma offers more than just your average date movie."
‑ James Luxford, The National
"It lacks faith in its story, characters and audience."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"Bromances being what they are, Vince's sharp pang of disappointment might have been worth pursuing but, Ron Howard being who he is, not a chance."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"The Dilemma is quite enjoyable until its characters stop behaving like rational adults and start acting like they've just realised they've got a film to finish."
‑ Ali Gray,
"Shockingly dark, the focus of "The Dilemma" is less about cheap laughs and more about the absurd humor of existential loneliness."
‑ Silas Lesnick,
"This film is familiar territory to director Howard ("Parenthood") but, as always, he finds a way to get the right performances from his actors..."
‑ Michael A. Smith, MediaMikes
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