As Good as It Gets
As Good as It Gets (1997)

Jack Nicholson is hilariously funny as a compulsive-obsessive, homophobic romance novelist who is compelled by circumstances to get to know his gay neighbor (Greg Kinnear) and the waitress who puts up with NicholsonŐs abuse over breakfast… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 23, 1997
DVD Release Date: May 19, 1998
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson, doing what they do best, combine smart dialogue and flawless acting to squeeze fresh entertainment value out of the romantic-comedy genre.

Todd McCarthy

A sporadically funny romantic comedy with all the dramatic plausibility and tonal consistency of a TV variety show.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

It's fun to watch Jack Nicholson draw on great reservoirs of bile to play a mean SOB with an obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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Jason Bailey

On one hand, it's Brooks's film that most betrays his TV sitcom roots; it's also one of his more ambitious works, packing in subplots and subjects by the handful-indicative of a filmmaker who seems to genuinely struggle with the confines of the genre.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The trouble lies in the rambling narrative, Brooks' cautious direction and the cosy tone which renders the whole thing reminiscent of an extended sitcom.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

It's a mark of how magically written, directed and acted As Good as It Gets is that we end up loving this film despite knowing how haphazard, scattershot and almost indefinable its charm is.

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Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media

Funny, but not a light comedy for youngsters.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Romance comedies definitely come better than this, although perhaps not lately.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie succeeds at many moments even while pursuing its doomed grand design.

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Michael Dequina

The greatest pleasures come from the acting.

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