The Perfect Man
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Teenager Holly Hamilton (Hilary Duff) is tired of moving every time her single mom Jean (Heather Locklear) has another personal meltdown involving yet another second-rate guy. To distract her mother from her latest bad choice, Holly conceives the perfect plan for the perfect imaginary secret admirer who will romance Jean and boost her shaky self-esteem. When the virtual relationship takes off, Holly finds herself having to produce the suitor, borrowing her friend's charming and handsome Uncle Ben (Chris Noth) as the face behind the e-mails, notes and gifts. Holly must resort to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 6%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie is a toxic buzz of sweetness that Duff's teen gal fans might lap up, while all others suffer through a prolonged sugar fit."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"Like a Nike commercial without a shot of the sneakers."
‑ Matt Singer, Village Voice
"I kept steepling my hands and hiding behind them."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Watching this unspeakably rubbish teen romcom is, to quote David Lodge's classic description of National Service, like a punishment for a crime you can't remember committing."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"It all drags on at a leaden pace, broken up occasionally by a musical montage."
‑ Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
"The premise is patently ridiculous, but the target audience of 12-year-old girls will be too charmed by the genre requisites to care."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"[The] situation is mined mostly for mild chuckles and tepid sentiment."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Even ardent Hilary Duff fans will have a hard time swallowing this thoroughly dim-witted romantic comedy."
‑ Adam Smith, Radio Times
"[Hilary Duff movies] never do solve their one nagging flaw: Duff's characters are remarkably self-possessed for teens but not enough to recognize the sitcoms they inhabit."
‑ Christopher Borrelli, Toledo Blade
"I can't see anyone really enjoying this."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"None of the leads convince or engage, and supporting characters are either gay stereotypes, routine little sisters or functional best friends."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"The Perfect Man has a plot that turns sweet and charming Hillary Duff into a serial liar. She's not just telling little fibs. She's engaging in a prolonged and kind of mean practical joke on her mother."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The intrigues are laboriously contrived, the film exudes disingenuous sentiments, and it has three happy endings -- one for Mum and one for each daughter."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Another month, another anodyne tween-com from Hilary Duff."
‑ , Total Film
"Hollywood cranks out another prosaic teen-girl-romantic-comedy from its bottomless cultural vacuum in this Hilary Duff vehicle that no non-female person over the age of 12 should suffer through."
‑ Cole Smithey,
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