Monster-in-Law (2005)

It's not unusual to see two women fighting over the same man in a movie, only this time it's his mother and his fiancée vying for his attention in this broad comedy. While Charlotte Cantilini (Jennifer Lopez), known to her friends… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 13, 2005
DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
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Critic Score: 16% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While Jane Fonda steals the movie in her return to the screen, a tired script and flimsy performances make this borderline comedy fall flat.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

This really plays a like a really bad sitcom from forty years ago.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Trust me, Monster-in-Law not only makes more sense as an Unforgiven-ish parable of old-school Hollywood feminism's wrath, it's worlds more fun.

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Joshua Starnes

Fonda is terrific playing the mess that is Viola. Her introduction tells you everything you need to know about her: after learning she has been fired she attacks a vacuous Britney Spears clone on air. It never reaches that kind of mean-spirited fun again.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

In a movie about diva-to-diva warfare, each diva is miscast.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Monster-in-Law is a comedy without laughs and a catfight without claws.

Cole Smithey

The catfight battle between Fonda and Lopez barely reaches a simmer before all is forgiven and the audience is dismissed from their seats.

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Stephanie Zacharek

Fonda and Sykes are made for each other, and their incessant bickering and arguing are about the only things that give Monster-in-Law any life.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

It's a crude, obvious comedy, which occasionally clunks, but it's often very funny, as well as being a really shrewd bit of popular entertainment.

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Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics

For a revenge comedy to work, the villain should be so despicable that you relish those moments when the victim turns the tables and gets even. This flick is misleading because the title character is not really mean, but rather a sympathetic figure.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
J-Lo, artsy and aimless with her sundress over pants (#RespectTo90sFashion), falls into Michael Vartan's Michael Vartanian gaze and must contend with her… More
Bethany Murphy
Some of the scenes were funny between Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda. But, sadly just another average chick flick where you know the ending by the start of the… More
Nicki Marie
Harmless piece of fluff. The best thing about it is the location, really beautiful to look at. Story is a bit predicable and no real laughs, but pleasant enough… More
Dean King
An ok comedy with a good cast line up. It has quite a few funny scenes, one of the better family related comedies.
Lucas Martins
Bad return of Jane Fonda to the cinema. Monster-in-Law have a terrible and tired script. A poor work of Richard LaGravenese. Rotten.
Jeremy Smith
Monster in Law looks like your average romantic comedy with a quirky twist and basically that is exactly what it is. No suprises here. Solid performances by… More