Baby Mama Reviews

  • Although the big picture itself gets mushy, the small moments, especially involving Fey, are sharp.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • The new comedy Baby Mama never comes fully to term, as it were.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Enjoyable and amiable in its daft way.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Yes, the film doesn't offer many surprises and grows soft and predictable by its conclusion. But it does avoid the sappy sentimentality of the genre. The movie -- and its lead actresses -- charms us more than we might expect.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Audiences alive to the modest charms of its take on female friendship will be rewarded with at least a few quiet chuckles.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • The movie was written and directed by a man, Michael McCullers. But it cuts out the obligatory middleman and lets two women make us laugh, often very hard.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • A Saturday Night Live sketch stretched a good hour past its breaking point of no return.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • In a pleasing contrast to Fey's sharpness, Poehler keeps her performance unpredictable and fuzzy. In this just-add-water comedy, a very funny movie star is born.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • It's clumsy, not cute, an amateur show that's eager to amuse by any means.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • The funny, felicitous Baby Mama exploits every stage of pregnancy except the first. No hanky-panky to bump this plot in motion.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • A really funny, surprisingly smart and genuinely sweet comedy.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • The appealing Fey and nutty Poehler make sure Baby Mama dramas comes leavened with laughs.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • There are gags and scraps of action that give the movie fits of buoyancy, and these tend to come not so much from the younger, eager performers as from the old hands.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • One of the funniest movies to be released so far this year.

    Bill Zwecker — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Every moment of this project feels beat-driven, focus-grouped and designed to package Fey as a viable movie star with great pins (as one character takes pains to note) to go with the breasts (ditto). This isn't writing, it's advertising.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The script favors routine Odd Couple gags over the sort of comic contemplation of motherhood a writer like Fey might have brought to the subject.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • [Writer/director] McCullers takes all the loose plot strands and ties them in a neat knot and cuts it, as an obstetrician might a newborn's umbilicus. Still, I left with a smile.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Neither Tina Fey nor Amy Poehler, former Saturday Night Live colleagues, has a compelling big-screen presence. And as a team they're no Martin and Lewis. Still, their lightweight double act passes the time agreeably.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • It's not that Baby Mama is an outright bad movie. It's just so thoroughly typical, a one-note, odd-couple, laff-lite film featuring two Saturday Night Live veterans that reminds you of so many other dashed-together SNL vet films.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • The humor outweighs the holes in the story, Fey and Poehler look to be a comedy team built to last -- let's hope so -- and those who find Judd Apatow's comedies lacking in decent female roles have found their film.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

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