“Enjoyable And Definitely Not As Bad As It May Appear...”
“What Can I Say, I'm A Sucker For Rom-Com's.”
“Formula Rom-com But With Some Sharp Dialogue.”
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
Let down by inconsistent characterisation and finally ending in gloopy sentimentality and silliness.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
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
The sadness comes from the audience's sense that inside this slick, conventional romantic comedy there's a tender, scruffy little movie struggling to get out.
Dana Stevens - Slate
All that's good about The Switch is undermined by the need to conform to romantic comedy standards and by the predictable performance of a miscast Jennifer Aniston.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Once you get past a shaky premise, the comedy does blossom in this Jennifer Aniston-Jason Bateman rom-com.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
This one is played in broad, sitcommy fashion, utterly divorced from the way people behave in real life.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The film offers few - make that no - surprises. What almost saves it is the acting.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Likable cast wasted in a dopey comedy. But hey, at least it has the first head-lice-removal instructional montage in romcom history.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
More his journey than hers, more satire than slapstick, the film is that rare example of rom-com about men, which turns out to be a nice switch indeed.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
This might have worked better as a television episode or a short film, but as a feature, it's merely another one of those overly-long films where the audience must wait around in silence for the same conclusion we've seen countless times.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
A conventional yet entertaining romantic comedy...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Bateman and Aniston are fine but don't have any real chemistry together, whilst the direction is flat and rather uninteresting. It has the occasional good moment, but "The Switch" fails to push any buttons. Or, indeed, pull any switches.
Laurence Boyce - The Baltic Times
despite a novel plot device, The Switch is a disappointingly formulaic film and at times quite soulless.
James Luxford - The National
A misjudged lightness of tone and a predictable structure neuter the neuroticism and strange maliciousness of this Jennifer Aniston/Jason Bateman rom-com.
Sarah Sluis - Film Journal International
Despite a strong cast and technical specs, The Switch remains another easily disposable entertainment built out of the rubble of a promising literary prospect.
Chris Cabin - Slant Magazine
Leonard Maltin - ReelzChannel.com
You have to overlook a whole lot of guff in order to enjoy the slight but pleasurable entertainment of The Switch.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck find some heart and wit in the screenplay, and they draw a strong performance from Bateman, who?s funny and sympathetic as the lovelorn Wally.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
I would describe this movie first as sweet, then as funny - though the funny is definitely present, either dry and sly, or big and farcical. It's definitely a movie worth checking out.
Karina Montgomery - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Another week, another Jennifer Aniston rom-com. This one's passable, but saddled with a problematic central plot device.
Catherine Bray - Film4
Aniston still has a winning way with a comic line although it is really Bateman who carries the film, yet even his understated performance is consistently upstaged by young Robinson.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
As pleasant as a daylight stroll across Central Park in the summer.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
On some level, Wally is acting out on his deep feelings, and what he's doing to his "friend" is a violation of her dignity not far removed from rape.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
One of the main problems here is that there is zero chemistry between the two leads -- and we're not given any real reason to root for them to get together.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
Aniston has wasted herself on some pretty thankless roles recently, but she is exactly right for this movie.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
It strains to portray a progressive modern woman, but Aniston's role is the weakest link.
Josh Winning - Little White Lies
There's an interesting story in there somewhere about nature and nurture, and the pros and cons of being clever or merely good-looking.
David Gritten - Daily Telegraph
This is exactly the kind of role that suits Jen down to the ground. As Kassie, she's dead funny, deeply watchable and hugely likeable. It's just a shame there's not more of her.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
There are some good lines, especially from the supporting cast including Jeff Goldblum and Juliette Lewis, and enough moving and witty touches, despite the contrived and predictable plot.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
Co-helmers Josh Gordon and Will Speck don't just distort the original intention of Eugenides's story, they force it kicking and screaming into a romantic comedy mould.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
One wonders how much more of these kinds of films Aniston can make.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
There's much to enjoy, if not quite enough to disguise the film's essential awkwardness in trying to cover too many bases.
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
Jason Bateman plays the reserved guy we're used to by now, but he has so much charisma his character Wally is effortlessly watchable, and the best thing about the film.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
Surprisingly likeable relationship comedy-drama, enlivened by terrific performances from Jason Bateman, Jeff Goldblum and young Thomas Robinson...
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Despite winning turns by Lewis and an on-form Goldblum, the laughs are in short supply.
William Thomas - Empire Magazine
Mildly entertaining, but there's no reason not to wait for the DVD.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
The movie doesn't suck. Which is not to say it's great, but thanks to a wonderfully nuanced performance by Bateman, it is surprisingly moving in spots...
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
A movie that, based on its premise, has absolutely no business being as good as it is. An affecting and very entertaining father-son story.
Stephen Silver - The Trend
Isn't without its moments, but any time Aniston and Bateman push at something more honest and truthful, the film purposefully snaps back into standard rom-com mode.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
At its best, The Switch plays against expectations.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
An attractive and talented cast is utterly wasted in this insipid alleged comedy.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Jennifer Aniston finally hits paydirt with a cleverly written rom-com about a broody single woman who turns to the turkey baster.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
You know within five minutes of the start exactly where The Switch is heading, but getting there is still a surprisingly entertaining journey.
David Aldridge - Radio Times
... the movie has its charms, mostly thanks to the star chemistry of Aniston and Bateman.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
The Switch sets some kind of record in the creepy-premise category: It's about a guy who woos a girl by sneaking his sperm into her uterus. Now, that's romantic.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
The Switch is rare among recent romantic comedies in that it's built around a resonant love story. Just not the love story you'd expect.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
In The Switch, Bateman plays a not-so-romantic lead who sometimes makes you want to shake him. And still, he's never been so appealing.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
A Bateman-Aniston farce based on a Jeffrey Eugenides short story - and it works, mostly
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
So annoying I wanted to throw a turkey baster at it.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Bateman shines in tired plot
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
Wisely the emphasis is on Jason Bateman and Thomas Robinson and not Jennifer Aniston
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Bateman turns the standard leading male archetype on its head.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
Sorry tabloid readers. At no time does Jennifer 'Womb Watch' Aniston growl, "Take that, Brad."
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
A real switch would have been to draw some real characters and let them dictate the story instead of plugging good actors into a tired formula.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
A slightly more serious take on the rom-com, this film benefits hugely from its likeable cast even though the script lets frequently them down.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The Switch is nasty and mean, a disgusting movie made all the more disgusting by how flippant it is...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The Switch is a labored comedy about a woman who hears her biological clock ticking and decides to have a baby through artificial insemination.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
A walkout-bad, 'bait and switch' rip-off bearing less resemblance to Juno or Little Miss Sunshine than to terrible TV sitcoms revolving around the shopworn 'one big lie' plot device.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Robinson is the only saving grace of the movie, stealing every scene that he appears in. He almost salvages this wreck that fails to pass muster and should have gone straight to...
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
You know from the first few minutes what's going to happen by the end of The Switch, and getting to that final reveal turns out not to be worth the wait.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
It's indie-Bateman against Hollywood-Aniston. And for the most part, Bateman wins. It's shocking an idea this absurd can work, but it's funny and charming.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
If you saw the trailers, you know everything there is to know about the plot of this pale and lifeless romantic comedy.
Frank Wilkins - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Did none of the filmmakers -- or the (mostly women) viewers at my screening -- not realize that Wally's action of implanting his unwanted sperm into Kassie qualifies as a form of rape? We're supposed to cheer Wally on -- shouldn't he be going to jail?
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
The only problem with this Jennifer Aniston rom-com is, well, Jennifer Aniston.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
Quirky and implausible, it's a formulaic and utterly predictable romance.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
Jeff Goldblum was The Fly before Aniston was slumming under the rainbow in Leprechaun and Bateman stood in Valerie's family photos. Goldblum can wear the same purple shirt in every scene if he wants to...
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
suffused with a piquant sense of melancholia . . . it makes its points with sly precision and a wicked sense of humor
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
A showcase throughout for [Bateman's] remarkably wry charm and surprisingly potent frustration.
William Goss - Cinematical
Not bad bad as the poster makes it out to be, but not good either.
Chris Bumbray - DVD Clinic
Aside from the fact that it's all too entirely predictable, The Switch is a pleasant enough end-of-the-summer time killer.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
The truly dusty cliche it drags out again is the cute couple who don't, you know, think-of-each-other-like-that. Until, of course, they do.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Despite a relatively predictable plot and inconsistent pacing, The Switch scores thanks to a good balance of humor and heart.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
The Switch is a romantic comedy that presents a rare surprise: it won't make you want to scoop out your eyes with a soup ladle.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
Heartfelt and occasionally funny albeit unsurprising and somewhat contrived. Newcomer Thomas Henderson steals the show in the best performance by a child actor in recent memory.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
OK romcom centers on sperm donation, single parenthood.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Evolves from an uneasy romantic comedy into a surprisingly tender and generous love story about fathers and sons as well as men and women...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
I know I'm the first one to complain about how Hollywood needs to give us something we haven't seen before, but if this is the result, please give me 3 more Freddy Krueger movies and a remake of Gilligan's Island starring Zac Efron.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Just because a star's personal life makes for engrossing, if deceptive reading, doesn't mean their movies are anywhere nearly as entertaining.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
The chemistry between Jason Bateman and a grave, sweet child actor gives 'The Switch' a little melancholy magic you might not expect, what with its sitcom-y plot and dialogue.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
The surprise in The Switch is that the star of the movie is Jason Bateman, not Jennifer Aniston. It's a good surprise.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The Switch is a wonderfully cute flick that builds realistic chemistry between a father and son. Jason Bateman and Thomas Robinson have amazing emotional arcs.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
Amiable fluff that takes its time learning how to walk, talk, and generally act like the kid-centric rom-com that it is.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Norman Wilner - Now Playing Magazine
The Switch is built like a romantic comedy, except that there's no romance -- and precious little comedy, for that matter.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
The Switch is so incredibly aptly named, not simply for its plot, but for the fact that it offers what appears to be a somewhat raunchy romantic comedy and instead hands you a touching, charming, well written story about fatherhood and love.
Matthew Razak - Examiner.com
For Bateman (adeptly mixing melancholia with humor), Goldblum, and a boy whose talents haven't been since the young Jonathan Lipnicki ... pregnant pause here ... this film bears watching.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
The Switch proves Jason Bateman should headline more features - and that we don't need another sperm donor comedy.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Don't be fooled by misleading advertising or even your own preconceptions. It turns out The Switch is a heck of a wonderful film. Once the film gets beyond its ridiculous set-up, it hits a poignant stride few will see coming.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
The best Jennifer Aniston film opening this month (Is it me, or has she been in a half-dozen films in the past two years?), "The Switch" is mighty predictable. But sometimes rank predictability, like greed, can be a good thing.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
There aren't enough surprises to justify the title, but The Switch produces sufficient light for a late-summer diversion.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Perverse gender politics are at play here in this insemination fantasy about a man hijacking a woman's uterus in a long play to win her heart.
Jen Yamato - Movies.com
With so much working against the film, it's a genuine surprise when you find yourself entertained anyway, thanks to the strong comedic leads.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
t's worth noting at this point that in real life, a good number of people, most of them doctors, have gone to jail for fraudulently inseminating women.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Do women desirous of offspring actually throw "I'm Getting Pregnant" parties at which their chosen sperm donor arrives bearing baby juice in a plastic cup?
Kurt Loder - MTV
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
There's not enough RU-486 in the world to make this movie stop existing.
Dave White - Movies.com
so unimaginative and formula-driven...that it seems entirely to have been hashed out by executives over a long lunch.
Jay Antani - Moving Pictures Magazine
A surprisingly heartfelt comedy that succeeds thanks to the great chemistry between Jason Bateman and newcomer Thomas Robinson.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
A shaky first act settles down into an involving latter two-thirds, mostly due to the subtle comedy of Jason Bateman and a fantastic performance from newcomer Thomas Henderson.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Marketed as a comedy about a woman taking charge of her life ... offers up a woman whose life apparently isn't worth exploring until she finds a father for her son.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
What the movie needed was a sense of mischief and a dose of darkness -- the concept practically begged for it, and Bateman stood ready to deliver.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
...the best romantic comedy to come down the pike in some time.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
There's zero heat between Aniston and Bateman; what synthetic feelings the film does generate involve the father/son relationship.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Though the scenes between Bateman and Robinson can't redeem the implausible premise or the disagreeable first act, they do give the second half some affecting moments.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
All you can do is sit there, loathing these characters, waiting for them to learn the truth and wishing to be somewhere else.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
A textbook case of Hollywood chauvinism.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Unfortunately, this latest ho-hum rom-com from Hollywood's industrial commissary comes out half-baked despite noble efforts by two undeniably likable stars who try to rescue it from mediocrity.
Ted Fry - Seattle Times
Bateman's character annoyingly embodies all of the cliches from the man-child meets real-child genre, the cliches that "The Kids Are All Right" so successfully debunked.
Dan Fienberg - HitFix
Goldblum and Lewis are so strong one wishes an implied attraction in the film's final scene had been taken a step further...slam dunk Bateman/Robinson teaming make it fun and even touching.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Boosted by efforts from Jennifer Aniston and especially Jason Bateman, who bring an unbelievable amount of personality to a potentially virulent comedy.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Shaggy and likable, but not lovable, The Switch is the rare romantic comedy that's actually about and made for adults.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
The film is not comedic enough to be considered a comedy, not dramatic enough to be a drama, not romantic enough to be a romance, and not believable enough to be a slice-of-life.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
The story is boosted by some decent acting and a few genuine laughs, but not enough to justify the cost of a theater ticket.
Leslie Gornstein - E! Online
Despite poignant source material and timely issues, The Switch is a formulaic, verbose, predictable romantic comedy, lacking wit.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Aniston and Bateman each bring a rare Bordeaux, and the writers bring Spam on white bread. You can skip the picnic or show up and have a glass of wine.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Bateman is good at playing this sort of man-child. Aniston is on cruise control, though she's not awful.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
An exchange of bodily fluids reproductive romance mixing sperm samples, sexual amnesia and lip service pseudo-feminist attitudes in support of single moms, while shunning any controversy with hinting how damaged those sons without a dad around can be.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Far more surprising than the blinding preposterousness of The Switch's opening passages is the fact that the film smoothly recovers to become a passable character-driven rom-com.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Suffers from screenplay-speak and sluggish pacing. I kept waiting for one genuine moment. Aniston lacks presence and motivation. She's an extra in her own film.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
While its conceit seemingly augurs another comedy of anarchic male ribaldry, the title of The Switch actually plays two ways since its atypicality is its biggest blessing.
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Let's all agree that comedies based around sperm banks or sperm donations should be banned from our fair shores forever
Rob Vaux - Filmcritic.com
A spiffy romantic comedy about secrets, friendship, love, nurturing, and the human race.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
The pairing of Bateman and young Robinson makes 'The Switch' warm, entertaining and funny enough. (Parental Review also Available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Turns out it's hard to make one man swapping his sperm for another's seem cute, as much as The Switch tries.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
The set-up alone has some of the funniest semen humor since There's Something About Mary.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Trite without any surprises. Hollywood make-believe with mean-spirited people. Thomas Robinson is the scene-stealing star.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
A formulaic rom-com with some sharp dialogue and a solid performance from a six-year-old.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Bateman and Aniston have no chemistry, and the movie's most entertaining moments come from Jeff Goldblum in the thankless supportive-friend role.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Marvel at the desperate spectacle of three comic leads ... being outperformed by the wide-eyed Robinson, a quiet collector of silences.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York