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
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
Union and LL Cool J are an attractive couple and well matched here.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
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
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