That's all anyone is called on to do: Be very tame, and make much ado about zilch.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
The movie, whose subsidiary characters remain vague, is carried by the sharp comic performance of Ms. Union, a quick-witted actress who succeeds in imbuing Eva's priggishness and arrogance with a certain nobility.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Hardwick clearly wants to make this more than another hip-hop comedy, but that desire evaporates in the face of loopy storytelling ... one-dimensional archetypes, too much predictability and not enough comedy.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Dawdles amiably and can't quite decide what it wants to be.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
As for Eva getting her groove back, well, aside from some ill-advised horseback riding, James Todd Smith proves a worthy match.
Laura Sinagra - Village Voice
The plot takes preposterous turns, and the story takes too long to give us characters to care about.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
The cast is charming and capable enough, but they are wasted in thinly sketched roles trapped in toothless comedy.
Gary Dowell - Dallas Morning News
It proceeds so deliberately from one plot point to the next that we want to stand next to the camera, holding up cards upon which we have lettered clues and suggestions.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A welcome respite from verbal nastiness and sexual cynicism.
Loren King - Chicago Tribune
Stuff like that happens only in sitcoms and bad movies ...
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Despite director Gary Hardwick's stock sitcom scenarios, LL Cool J, the rapper-turned-actor, does a great job as a leading man Lothario.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
As frothy, sex-obsessed romantic comedies go, Deliver Us From Eva pretty much delivers the goods.
Tom Long - Detroit News
After awhile, a certain sameness settles over Deliver Us From Eva.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
[Smith] and Union bring out the best in each other, especially (and surprisingly) during the more dramatic emotional interludes.
Joe Leydon - Variety
Noisy, sitcom-ish take on The Taming of the Shrew.
Megan Lehmann - New York Post
Union's performance is, unfortunately, even more insufferable than the character of Eva is supposed to be.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Depicts gender warfare as a kind of pillow fight.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
Any romantic comedy that gives you time to think probably isn't doing its job.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Deliver us from screenplays that force likable protagonists to twist and bend their personalities to serve the contortions of a ridiculous and formulaic plot.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
Flows smoothly, looks great and probably cost lots less than it looks.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
Above average movie for high schoolers.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Smith and Union overcome the sometimes-strained mechanics of the plot.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
- Boston Phoenix
While the premise of the director's follow-up ... is promising, he botches the execution at every turn, leaving his cast to drift aimlessly among half-baked plot points.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
The simplistic approach to the material will no doubt please undiscriminating viewers, while those who've seen any romantic comedy will be consistently several steps ahead of the characters.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The fact that there's little new in the roundabout urban updating of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew detracts not a whit from its charms, most of which come from leads LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
For the most part, Deliver Us From Eva is a pretty enjoyable, if predictable, romantic comedy.
Derek Tse - Jam! Movies
[LL Cool J] delivers an immensely pleasing, touching performance.
Susannah Gora - Premiere Magazine
Only LL Cool J's considerable charisma keeps this from completely sinking.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Luckily, Gabrielle Union's jazz is matched by LL Cool J's torso. And, he can act too, always helpful.
Cynthia Fuchs - Nitrate Online
A wheelbarrow full of laughs with smart characters played well by a brilliant cast.
Diana Saenger - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
You end up with a movie that's never more than harmlessly entertaining and adequate -- I doubt the filmmaker was aiming so low.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
This update of The Taming of the Shrew has appealing stars in Smith and Union, but their charm is too fragile to survive the dopey script.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Solid cast and the occasional chuckle notwithstanding, this movie is wildly uneven, chugging this way and that before careening off track.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
A lot more fun than its title implies.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
The movie may try and hastily deliver Eva, but it barely delivers anything worthwhile beyond its sluggish pacing.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Union and LL Cool J are an attractive couple and well matched here.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
There's an easy, unforced feeling to much of this film, along with a strong soundtrack that mixes old and new school soul music.
Marshall Fine - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
It avoids the template for a while, but by the end, it's doing everything that every other film of its genre does, right down to the reconciliation that occurs in a public setting.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Gets you so close to these people that you truly wish them well.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
What is surprising is the engaging nature of the game as this fairly predictable routine plays out.
Ted Fry - Seattle Times
Another romantic comedy in which the actors may be more appealing than the story that supports them, a fluffy affair that suffers occasional bouts of brittle writing, an excess of formula thinking and a few outright miscues.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
The movie goes according to romantic comedy plan -- he pretends to like her, then he actually likes her, and she likes him, then she finds out he was put up to it, and so on.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The story is predictable, but it's fun to watch Ray maneuver his way into the cold, hardened fortress that is Eva's heart.
Jeffrey Bruner - Des Moines Register
Despite some really funny moments and good performances from LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union, Deliver Us From Eva ultimately fails to tip the scale from so-so to good.
Guylaine Cadorette - Hollywood.com
Runs smoothly and likably until a maddeningly dumbed-down and cloying finale that sinks the entire film.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
An occasionally amusing but frustrating, annoying and increasingly slipshod romantic comedy that never lives up to its potential, no matter however limited that might be.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Under Gary Hardwick's imprecise direction, Eva takes much too long to establish its premise.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
This urban-oriented romantic comedy is still a better, classier movie than any of us could have realistically expected it to be.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Hardwick ... directs with energy and rhythm.
Edward Guthmann - San Francisco Chronicle
Sharply observed moments, barbed commentary on the sexes, snap, energy, and appeal of its outstanding young cast and understated but affectionate glimpse of the commmnity.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Lapses into conventional romance and plodding exposition.
Sheri Linden - Boxoffice Magazine
After the first hour, the joke frequency trails off.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
It's too bad that Union and Cool's scenes couldn't have been separated from the rest of the movie, which is predictable, flat and badly acted by the supporting cast.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Imagine a movie where the most interesting person gets the life stomped out of them. Then imagine the movie telling you to be happy about that.
- E! Online
Hardwick seems to lose focus once Ray and Eva start falling in love, rampantly pilfering from other films.
Tor Thorsen - Reel.com
Problem is, there are no real reasons why the intelligent, accomplished and in many ways very warm and decent Eva should possess a streak as nasty as she does.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Deliver Us From Eva is surprisingly a bland and fading "clash-of-the-sexes" comedy that has all the urgency of a giddy Cosmopolitan article...this film forgot to deliver the desired goods along with the convincing complexity that once consumed Eva
Frank Ochieng - TheWorldJournal.com
Hardwick takes firm command of a script originally written with white people in mind and makes it hum with hip aggressiveness and glisten with boutique style.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
- Baltimore Sun
A by-the-numbers romantic comedy that, were it not for the fact that it's populated with African-Americans, would be completely generic.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Deliver us from all the bad winter movies that say they're funny then deliver us with crap.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Union wins you over to the movie while making you wish she had a script smart enough to really serve her talents.
Ernest Hardy - L.A. Weekly
Not only is this a funny and romantic movie, but it proves, yet again, that movies can and, in some instances, should be colorblind.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Well-cast relationship comedy-drama is played too broadly in the early going, but gradually settles into a more appealing groove as a glossy date-movie.
Joe Leydon - San Francisco Examiner
Deliver Us From Eva is a funny romantic comedy with the message that we must never drive difficult people away since they have come into our lives to teach us something important about ourselves.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
So bad, it exists on a whole new level of failure.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
Done right from beginning to end, crafted with meticulous care.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
The vibrancy of actors Gabrielle Union and LL Cool J overrules the nastiness of the people they're playing.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Deliver Us from Eva isn't The Taming of the Shrew; it's not even a reasonable facsimile.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
The story seems to have enough momentum to carry itself through to the end - but by the movie's final scene - the wind has left its sails.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
(Features) the same tiresome, misogynistic so-called happy-ending in which women forgive...men for acting unforgivably stupid and take them back. Awww, ain't that romantic?
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
The movie delivers a few broad laughs along with insidious messages about the roles black women ought to play in society.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
I absolutely fell in love with Eva.
Danny Minton - KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
Brisk and funny -- imperious Eva is a priceless character -- and filled with crackling turns-of-phrase.
Frank Lovece - TV Guide's Movie Guide
A pleasant enough romp, but it succumbs to a one-note script that restricts the film's characters from taking advantage of much of its potential hilarity.
Erich Scholz - Citysearch
Works in large part because you actually care about what happens to the characters.
Mack Bates - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Populated by people like the people who make you say things like 'Don't you just hate people?': petty, mean-spirited, selfish, inconsiderate, and all-about miserable excuses for human beings.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
... what looks like just another contrived sex comedy becomes, surprisingly, an insightful and sensitive look at knots that family ties create in adult romance.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Practically laughless...most viewers will plead for deliverance not just from Eva, but from the whole movie.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
[Y]ou'd never suspect the director had made a film before, much less had four novels published, one of which gets conspicuous product-placement time onscreen.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
One of the 10 things I hate about movies is when I have to see the same stories over and over again. After all, there are only so many ways you can dress up a Pyg(malion).
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
A sweet piece of romantic comedy fluff that has its moments [but] you've seen it all before.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Delivers the goods for a moderately budgeted romantic comedy of solid entertainment aspirations.
Doris Toumarkine - Film Journal International