What to Expect When You're Expecting
What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)

Over the moon about starting a family, TV fitness guru Jules and dance show star Evan find that their high-octane celebrity lives don't stand a chance against the surprise demands of pregnancy. Baby-crazy author and advocate Wendy gets… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 18, 2012
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012
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Critic Score: 22% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The cast is stocked with likable performers, but What to Expect When You're Expecting is too disjointed -- and too reliant on stock rom-com cliches -- to live up to its distinguished literary namesake.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Technically the genre isn't beneath contempt. But this movie is.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Director Kirk Jones and screenwriters Shauna Cross and Heather Hach consistently fall back on corny music and slow-motion to try to get laughs. Very little of this movie feels risky, or even frisky.

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Andy Lea
Daily Star

Diaz's plotline seems to revolve solely around an argument with Morrison over the merits of circumcision. She's pro-cut. He's fanatically anti-cut. Clearly, as is the film's editor.

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Guy Lodge
Time Out

Bringing a child into the world is no laughing matter, and all involved seem to have done their level best to make things as mirthless as possible.

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William Goss

Patently contrived to deliver the safer side of pregnancy-related humor over the course of five tidily intersecting plot lines.

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Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

What to Expect When You're Expecting provides a snapshot of contemporary anxieties about imminent parenthood, but it may be more worthwhile as a document for future pop culture scholars to use to understand what was trendy in 2012.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Babies are cute and expectant parents often aren't. That kind of sums up What to Expect When You're Expecting.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Remember when advice books stayed on the shelves where they belonged?

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Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)

The charismatic cast (particularly Banks and Lopez) manage to find the humanity in their clichéd roles but they can't transcend all the surface-level schmaltz on display here.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Apart from a few funny scenes, this is a lame romantic comedy that follows five uninteresting couples (some of them really annoying) and has a ridiculous and… More
<b><i>What to Expect When You're Expecting</b></i> was just OK for me. It had a couple actors I liked in it, but not many. I only… More
Alice Shen
Really quite moving and entertaining with lots of disparate stories about parenthood from adoption, to miscarriage, to a difficult and unglamorous pregnancy.… More
Spencer S.
The book "What to Expect When You Are Expecting" is the basis for this film. This book is the closest thing in inspiration to the board game films… More
Nicki Marie
Can't believe I actually sat through this. It was on my "no way" list, but I do like some of the cast, so decided to watch it on TV. Definitely… More
Cynthia S.
I tend to get leery when I see movies that are full of well known actors. That, to me, is a ploy to somehow save a lame script..and it rarely works. This is… More