Friends with Kids Reviews

  • Westfeldt clearly illustrates the various hurdles in parenting and the priviledged world of successful New Yorkers.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • The observations about parenthood, pro and con, are quick and smart, and Scott effortlessly steals the show, softening Westfeldt's brittle cuteness.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • In the crumbling passion of a once hot-to-trot couple (a perfect Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm), [it] locates a jagged heart that no amount of zingers can surpass.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • It offers the rare combination of romance, humor, an inventive conceit and social relevance, without adhering slavishly to rom-com conventions.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Too many sequences feel generic, from the unexamined privilege that serves as the movie's cultural backdrop to the now-requisite scene of a man changing a diaper while covered in baby poop.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • This movie swerves from fantasy to nightmare. It doesn't feel like the story a wife and mother would volunteer to tell about herself.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Just as Friends With Kids compares unfavorably to Westfeldt's earlier effort, her cast members' previous projects further highlight this film's shortcomings.

    Melissa Anderson — Village Voice

  • [Westfeldt] makes a promising directorial debut with this good-natured dramedy, boosted in large part by an outstanding ensemble.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • It's shrill in tone, awash in unexamined narcissism-kids are just pretexts for laughs, rather than objects of love-and afflicted by explosive verbal diarrhea.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Not even the outcome's predictability (hint: romantic comedies have happy endings) can dampen the frothy results.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Sitcom-amusing, in that middle-of-the-road way.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • ...the film takes a tonal detour, veering from indie-inflected city comedy with Woody Allen undertones to something reminiscent of the work of Nicole Holofcener.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • Given the title, it's remarkable how little space is granted to the offspring, who are introduced as excretory machines, sex-blocking irritants, and occasional simpering angels, but never as beings unto themselves.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • There must be a better reason to have a baby than to provide a plot point in a rom-com. Don't you think?

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • A smooth but frustrating third feature with an extremely good ensemble cast.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • A funny and emotionally credible story of old college friends who decide to have a baby together while maintaining their single lives.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • "Friends with Kids" goes on a beat or two too long, and lands in the obvious place, but it's filled with smarts and laughs and passion.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • At least Westfeldt is trying. She tries hard to make this a grown-up version of the romantic-comedy formula, complete with dirty jokes and sex talk.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Even though Friends With Kids is not a movie everyone will identify with, it fills 107 minutes with enough visual popcorn to keep you satisfied.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Although the comic riffs about parenting and alternative families easily rep the pic's sharpest dialogue and strike a chord with more mature audiences, they coexist uneasily with Westfeldt's inclusion of a cruder brand of humor.

    Alissa Simon — Variety

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