The Baxter
The Baxter (2005)

A man with a "doormat" personality tries standing up for himself for a change in this comedy. Mild mannered tax accountant Elliot Sherman (Michael Showalter) is what he calls a "Baxter": the kind of calm, unexciting… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 26, 2005
DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Baxter is good-natured, but there are simply not enough laughs to fuel this comedy.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The performers are fresh and offbeat, with the diminutive Peter Dinklage (Elf, The Station Agent) especially funny as a gay wedding planner named Benson Hedges.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

There are enough laughs that those who enjoyed The 40-Year-Old Virgin might want to take The Baxter for a whirl.

Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

A droll romantic comedy that relies on a self-deprecating brand of humor which must be a bit of an acquired taste. The film's utter predictably sinks this exercise in obviousms, making its few funny moments not worth waiting for.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Showalter tackles his mission with energy and an upbeat attitude that makes him a winner as a lovable loser.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Showalter all-too-slavishly follows the lock-step school of formula romance.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Showalter cria um filme exatamente como seu protagonista: desajeitadamente simpático e divertido.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Only when Williams is around does the movie seem human, true, and funny: Even in her slapstick there's pain. She's almost too good: It's not until she's left a scene that you realize the movie isn't working.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Mildly cute while thoroughly forgettable, the chief achievement of The Baxter is it serves to remind viewers how thoroughly adorable Michelle Williams can be, even in something this inconsequential.

David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

What comes to mind are TV sitcom pilots full of strain, and the forlornly perky mechanisms of old Day & Hudson comedies.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Leigh Ryan
CUTE! Peter Dinklage completely stole the movie, as he always does. Michelle Williams is adorable, as she always is. Very cute and offbeat.
Michael Gildea
One of the most underrated movies ever. If you liked The State you'll definitely like this.
Adam Mahler
this low-key comedy invents a culture of upscale WASP nerddom that Showalter gets to act out with the maximum mannerisms; Rudd and Banks are unfortunately… More
Yinalí Ríos
I found this movie to be realistic, and fictional at the same time, but mostly realistic. The movie is funny, and has black humor, but definitely worth… More
James Alvarez
A really great and innovative way of doing a romantic comedy.
Sunil Jawahir
Pretty bad. Michele Williams and Michael Ian Black are kind are fun to see but other than that, it's brutal and unfunny.