The Switch Reviews

  • The Switch squeezes fresh laughs out of what is, in essence, a rather startlingly post-Freudian, nature-trumps-nurture view of child development.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • The first third of The Switch, directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, is so bizarre that it leads you to wonder if, through some miraculous lack of oversight, the movie will blaze an unpredictable path. No such luck.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • Didn't Jennifer Lopez play essentially the same role this year in The Back-Up Plan? Only in the movies are glamorous, 40ish single women leaping into single parenthood via sperm donation.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • A warm, quirkily observant film, strengthened by some appealing performances and a low-key, easygoing vibe.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Allan Loeb wrote the script. Josh Gordon and Will Speck directed. What they've done is concoct something gimmicky and banal.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Saddled with the responsibility of carrying the film, Bateman acquits himself admirably.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • It's Judd Apatow lite, Farrelly brothers special blend. Just call it When Harry Met Sally and Her Ovum.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The comedy itself suffers from awkward scheduling. Though this isn't its only wrinkle.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Thanks to Bateman's truly winning performance as a bit of a loser, "The Switch" manages to earn our laughter and our respect in equal measure.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • I wish it were great, but "pretty good" puts it ahead of plenty of recent romantic comedies. Puh-LEN-ty.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • This New York-based comedy directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck distinguishes itself with three-dimensional characters and an engaging storyline.

    Joshua Katzman — Chicago Reader

  • The Jason Bateman film his fans have been waiting for.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Aniston and Bateman find a funny chemistry together, and the film's bemusing setup unfolds with wit and charm. As 6-year-old Sebastian, Thomas Robinson steals every scene he's in.

    Tom Horgen — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • It's not a bad film, really, just sort of average. But Bateman is so good in it -- natural, funny, yet full of real emotion -- that you immediately want to see him again in a better film.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • An unfunny, manipulative romance about two unlikable people and their prop of a son, the pic mangles the premise of its source material.

    Andrew Barker — Variety

  • Tries to be more than a sitcom but keeps falling back on cheap laughs.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • The best Jennifer Aniston movie in ages is actually a star vehicle for Jason Bateman. And Aniston's work opposite the screen's premiere mild-mannered funnyman shows her at her most engaged and pitch perfect.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • At its heart, it's really not that different from a regular romantic comedy. Well, except that it's funny.

    Eric D. Snider — Film.com

  • Another in a recent line of romcoms eager to get us laughing all the way to the sperm bank, and then to the infant dividends beyond.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

  • Taken on its own terms, it's a light, sweet, curiously enjoyable misfit romance, whose real star is not Aniston but her magnificently awkward Lothario, Jason Bateman.

    Andrew O'Hehir — Salon.com

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