The Heartbreak Kid
The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

While on his honeymoon, a new husband finds himself attracted to a wealthy, gorgeous woman he meets along the way and begins to have second thoughts about his marriage. This well-performed, sharply written comedy follows the husband's… More

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Rated: PG
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DVD Release Date: February 5, 2002
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

[May] captures the implausibly boundless sense of wonder, possibility, and entitlement of a time when even a self-proclaimed schmuck like Len Cantrow, endowed with little but the gift of gab, attempted daring feats of self-liberation.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Elaine May's The Heartbreak Kid was directed with a sure feeling for how comedy can edge over into satire and then tragedy.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Grodin cria um personagem extremamente egoísta que, ainda assim, consegue despertar nossa pena, ao passo que Shepherd, lindíssima, surge mais complexa do que poderíamos imaginar. Mas é Berlin quem rouba o filme com sua Lila irritante e comovente.

Variety Staff

Elaine May's deft direction catches all the possibilities of young romance and its tribulations in light strokes and cleverly accents characterization of the various principals.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A first-class American comedy, as startling in its way as was The Graduate.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Discussion-worthy '70s anti-romantic comedy.

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Time Out

Wittily directed by May, and neatly scripted by Neil Simon.

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Josh Larsen

"...a war of the sexes comedy that leaves no side unscathed."

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Fernando F. Croce

A meticulous winnowing of the male ego for the clueless schmuck in it

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
Tragicomic look at the trials and tribulations of love for young newlyweds. Poignancy and bitterness in constant balance.
William Goss
Great moral dilemma compensates for selfish characters.
Aj V
I understand the story is realistic and it's supposed to be that real life kind of humor, but I just couldn't get into the movie. I found it boring… More
Grifty G
Charles Grodin marries his girlfriend, and starts to realize on the Honeymoon that they might not be the best fit. He then meets Cybill Shepherd, and he's… More
Adam Mahler
the remake might be good but it will have to be good in a totally different way than this dark, subtle comedy about a guy lusting for the unobtained and totally… More