The Next Best Thing
The Next Best Thing (2000)

Madonna and Rupert Everett star in this comic drama about a mismatched couple whose unconventional choices lead to an unusual dilemma. Abbie (Madonna) and Robert (Rupert Everett) are best friends, but since Robert is gay, their friendship… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 3, 2000
DVD Release Date: May 2, 2005
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Critic Score: 20% 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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Steve Daly
Entertainment Weekly

[Madonna] can barely muster even the rudiments of human expression.

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Drama about untraditional parenting has sex, mature themes.

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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.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

This movie remains full of high Hollywood cliches.

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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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.

Paul Clinton (

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

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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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