The Dilemma Reviews

  • The filmmakers just don't know what to do about the ladies.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • The movie is not all that deep, but it does go further than many of its kind in acknowledging the hurt and difficulty that are the deep wellsprings of any comedy worthy of the name.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Dilemma rests on the same structural foundation as episodes of Three's Company, when Mr. Roper thought he heard shenanigans through the kitchen door. A simple conversation would clear things up.

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

  • While Vaughn proves he's still got the fast-talking bravado that makes him so bewilderingly watchable, neither his quick wit nor his chemistry with Kevin James can transform "The Dilemma" into the gold standard of buddy comedies.

    Stephanie Merry — Washington Post

  • A comedy that seems terrified to acknowledge its darker, more sinister self, it's like an overmedicated patient or an addict in dread of relapse.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • The real dilemma in the sadly unfunny "The Dilemma" is that several different movies are going on in director Ron Howard's first nondrama in 11 years.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Can we ever truly know someone? Can we even answer the question? Probably not, but The Dilemma gets credit for trying.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Torn between establishing itself as a bromantic comedy or a relationship potboiler, the movie meets the requirements of neither. It is unsatisfying in general.

    Gary Dowell — Dallas Morning News

  • ...this is quite a bit more engaging and emotionally challenging than one had much reason to expect.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • Who ever thought that Ron Howard could make a cult film? This movie is a mess, but it's an intelligent and affecting mess.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • The jokes, when and where they can be found, are puerile, and continually give Vaughn the movie-star catbird seat.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The ugly emotional mess is so respectfully handled that the story resonates far beyond its comic designs.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • What distinguishes The Dilemma ... is its resounding unfunnyness, its emotional dishonesty, and the general unlikability of its cast of characters.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Let's have a toast for Vince Vaughn, shall we?

    Adam Graham — Detroit News

  • "The Dilemma" is never dull, but it's also a mess.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

  • The true dilemma of this misguided seriocomedy lies in the filmmakers' confusion as to whether they're making a side-splitting bromance (nope) or an unsparing, warts-and-all look at screwed-up relationships (sort of).

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • There is much to say about the love that, except in comedies, dare not speak its name - the kind between straight men. "The Dilemma" says enough of it to be interesting.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • A very poor effort from a talented group of people, this is a terrible movie wrapped in a glossy package.

    Laremy Legel — Film.com

  • Bromances being what they are, Vince's sharp pang of disappointment might have been worth pursuing but, Ron Howard being who he is, not a chance.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

  • Among Howard's infrequent misfires, this is one of the most disappointing.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

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