The Dilemma
The Dilemma (2011)

Vince Vaughn and Kevin James headline an all-star comedy from director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer about a man who finds out that what you don't say to a friend is just as important as what you do. Jennifer Connelly, Winona… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 14, 2011
DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011
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Critic Score: 24% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It boasts a likable cast and an interesting premise, but The Dilemma can't decide what to do with them; the result is an uneven blend of cheesy slapstick and surprisingly dark comedy.

Donald Munro
Miami Herald

As cumbersome and drawn out as a slowly deflating tire, this cinematic collision between Vaughn's celebrated funny-surly persona and Howard's earnest pedigree is a bore -- and a serious miscalculation.

David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Perhaps the late Blake Edwards could have found a balance between slapstick and psychodrama, but Ron Howard can't get the pacing right, and Allan Loeb's script is even wordier than the one he wrote for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

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Lindy West
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

To its credit, The Dilemma treats the complicated tensions and sadnesses and joys of relationships with far more nuance than most modern comedies.

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David Denby
New Yorker

Who ever thought that Ron Howard could make a cult film? This movie is a mess, but it's an intelligent and affecting mess.

Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Ends with 20 minutes of apologies, a round robin of regret that downshifts the film's sputtering energy into park.

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

Lacking any great surprises, this story meanders along trying to prolong the dilemma for as long as possible.

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Ben Walters
Time Out

It lacks faith in its story, characters and audience.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

The filmmakers just don't know what to do about the ladies.

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

Unsettling and so off tone that we wonder if we are supposed to be laughing at this at all.

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Flixster Audience Score: 29% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Ron Howard's The Dilemma it's a surprising black comedy and presents a interesting cast to a humor picture. But it flaw, what could be a different… More
Emile Tremblay
I enjoyed it quite a lot and the fact that the different tones of the film make it a bit uneven didn't stop me to appreciate it. It felt honnest to me and… More
Lady D'arbanville
The Dilemma has some really funny moments, the two main characters worked well together and it's easy watching, it did however, have a weak plot and seemed… More
Jim Careter
The Dilemma is one of the worst films ever, and one of the worst comedies ever, this film was not funny at all, it sucked. Ronny Valentine (Vince Vaughn) sees… More
Melvin White
Ronny Valentine: I just saw my best friend's wife with another man. I'll send you a check.  "The truth hurts." The Dilemma is a movie that… More
Nicki Marie
You would think from looking at the cover, and the cast, including Queen Latifah (who, by way, is barely in it), that this is a comedy. You would wrong. This… More