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Comedy . Romance

Office temp Charlotte Cantilini thinks she's found Mr. Right when she starts dating gorgeous surgeon Dr. Kevin Fields. But there's a problem standing in the way of everlasting bliss: Kevin's overbearing and controlling mother, Viola. Fearing she'll lose her son's affections forever, Viola decides to break up the happy couple by becoming the world's worst mother-in-law.

Actors: Stephen Dunham , Elaine Stritch , Will Arnett , Annie Parisse , Monet Mazur , Adam Scott , Wanda Sykes , Michael Vartan , Jane Fonda , Jennifer Lopez
Directors: Robert Luketic
Country: GERMANY , USA
Release: 2005-05-13
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  • Peter Travers

    It's a hoot to watch Fonda cut loose and mix it up with J. Lo, even when the laughs turn mean-spirited.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    A generational spectacle that's fun to witness.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    Isn't a particularly good movie if what interests you is the art of film -- cinematography, editing, screenwriting, staging, little things like that. But if you're chiefly interested in turning off the upstairs lights and relaxing with a few laughs, you could do a lot worse.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Fonda is a hoot and a half.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    It would take the dark wit of a Billy Wilder or a Coen brother--or at least a Neil Simon--to put across this kind of material.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    By Hollywood standards, a movie carried with such gusto by a 67-year-old woman has to be considered a miracle. And I'm not sorry to say I enjoyed watching her do it.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Imagine what someone like Danny DeVito might have done with the material, taking it in that darker "War of the Roses" direction instead of languishing in this sunny, not-nearly-sinister-enough "Legally Blonde" territory.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The movie briefly suggests Viola is an incestuous psychotic.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    This is a gay men's movie whose primary function is to doll Fonda up like a drag queen and let her rip.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Jessica Winter

    "Legally Blonde" director Robert Luketic bumbles along with typically clumsy blocking and framing, and the misogyny inherent in the three-ring spectacle of bitch slaps, barbiturate covert ops, and wedding plan hysteria does rankle.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    As for Monster-in-Law, it's tripe on a plate.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    A note to Fonda: even thin, fabulous 67-year-olds shouldn't wear strapless gowns. It's scary.

    Empire Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Fonda and Sykes are made for each other, and their incessant bickering and arguing are about the only things that give Monster-in-Law any life. Full Review
  • Carina Chocano

    All I could think about while watching Jennifer Lopez prance through Monster-in-Law was how cool and poised she was in "Out of Sight."

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Ultimately one flat-footed beast.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    A fairly tedious, stupid picture.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    Fonda's performance is a perfect storm of histrionics, and she leaves nothing and no one standing.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Monster-in-Law, where Bridezilla meets Godzilla, is a comedy so anemic, so toxic, that even Dracula wouldn't bite.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Doesn't make the movie worth watching -- even if you're monstrously bored.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Monster-in-Law is appalling misfire of a comedy - a motion picture that takes a situation ripe for the blackest vein of satire and reduces it to a puerile and edgeless pile of goo

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Add them up and the sum has a certain mathematical inevitability: Really annoying characters, really annoying movie.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    This vapid, mean-spirited comedy is Lopez's show, and though she is utterly unconvincing as a paragon of down-to-earth virtues, the last laugh was hers from the outset.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    How much better this would have been had someone like Brian De Palma stepped behind the camera.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Bill Gallo

    Billed as a comedy, this low-wattage sitcom is both ill-tempered and mean-spirited.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    A depressing comeback for Jane Fonda, but it's still nice to see her in movies again, and in something that isn't dripping with self-actualizing virtue like her last projects.

    Slate Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Shrill, undermotivated, feature-length catfight.

    Variety Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    So tame and limp, it may actually give mothers-in-law a good name.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    To boost this movie's rating to "worth seeing" would make me feel like a publicist or simply a dope.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Monster-in-Law fails the Gene Siskel Test: "Is this film more interesting than a documentary of the same actors having lunch?"

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    The comedy is shamelessly stupid and flagrantly vulgar by turns.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Jane Fonda coming back to the screen after a decade-and-a-half absence in Monster-in-Law is like Brando returning from the dead to star in a Police Academy movie.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • William Arnold

    It's incorrigibly unfunny.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    A deeply dispiriting movie, not just because it is grindingly bad but because Jane Fonda actually chose this for her comeback after a 15-year absence from the screen. But it's worse than that. Fonda, one of the best actors of her generation, is downright awful in a role she could have -- and probably should have -- sleepwalked through.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    A shrunken, cowardly movie in deep denial of its true nature, which is far uglier than it is ever willing to admit.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Denby

    The self-confident fatuity and condescension of the movie is offensive.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Stanley Kauffmann

    Fonda believed in acting. She doesn't seem to believe in it anymore. Her performance in this film is a collection of reactions, vocal whoops, and pouncings that we have seen often before in lesser actors.

    The New Republic Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    It's not hard to imagine the militant Jane Fonda of 1972 angrily denouncing Monster-In-Law as insulting Hollywood claptrap trafficking in regressive, reactionary, blatantly sexist gender codes. And she'd be right.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The movie itself is grotesque, and may drive you nuts as it makes you laugh, mostly at the stupidity of the thing.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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