“Wasn't What I Was Expecting, It Was BETTER!”
“The Ups And Downs Of Pregnancy, And Some Laughs Along The Way”
As sociology, it's skin-deep, but if you're a parent or preparing to be one, you might see yourself in a few of these folks and have a good time doing so.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
The overall mood is of warm reassurance, and some of it is even pretty funny.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Someday Hollywood will think of women as more than fallopian tubes in heels; until then, we're stuck with this kind of project.
Mike McCahill - Guardian [UK]
What audiences should expect is a tone-deaf, superficial, charmless ensemble rom-com, focused on five attractive, but uninteresting, couples.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
The movie turns out to be a little of everything yet succeeds only occasionally at anything.
Stephanie Merry - Washington Post
The writing is sharp and the performances bright, and if you've been through the forced gestational march known as pregnancy, there are knowing laughs to be had.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
For all the fear, loathing, and overthinking that Murkoff's bedside text engenders, its journey ends with the hopeful beginning of a new life, whereas the movie leaves you hoping for a swift end to your own.
Eric Hynes - Village Voice
What you don't expect is how bad almost all of it is.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Everything that happens in the multiple story lines is entirely predictable; the only question is when.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
The plot nearly stalls with gridlock. It's clever but the stories are thin soup.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Technically the genre isn't beneath contempt. But this movie is.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
It makes one long for the comparative complexity and subtlety of Valentine's Day.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
An amiable but disjointed movie with too many stories and not enough storytelling.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
"What to Expect" rolls out this shocking revelation: Having kids is a messy and complicated process.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Some of the pregnancies are played for laughs, others are depicted more melodramatically. It's a mishmash of mediocrity.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Helmer Kirk Jones does a solid job negotiating the material and managing the few tonal shifts when an occasional dark moment emerges.
Lael Loewenstein - Variety
Andrew Barker - Variety
The film is dully shot and so predictably plotted, you could tick off the items like you're packing a bag for the delivery room.
Farran Smith Nehme - New York Post
What to Expect When You're Expecting is pretty much what you'd expect. It plays to its target audience with a vengeance, and that audience would be people expecting kids or who can remember their own pre-parenthood jitters.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Patently contrived to deliver the safer side of pregnancy-related humor over the course of five tidily intersecting plot lines.
William Goss - Film.com
It's a sitcom-y ensemble film (complete with product placement) that feels like you're flipping around the TV dial.
Jennie Punter - Globe and Mail
Amid the would-be and actual laughs, the screenplay tries to drum up drama, but every disagreement and tension is treated superficially and summarily resolved.
Sheri Linden - Hollywood Reporter
A good-looking cast of popular actors can only do so much with material that's superficial and sitcommy.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The still-born What To Expect... is an all-star dud that could be easily confused with Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve, except for the absence of Ashton Kutcher.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Exactly what you'd expect. And that's not a good thing.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Cute couple Kendrick and Crawford are completely lost at sea. But the guys in the Dudes Group have the worst of it - they are a whiny, unappealing bunch through and through.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Diaz's plotline seems to revolve solely around an argument with Morrison over the merits of circumcision. She's pro-cut. He's fanatically anti-cut. Clearly, as is the film's editor.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
What to Expect When You're Expecting provides a snapshot of contemporary anxieties about imminent parenthood, but it may be more worthwhile as a document for future pop culture scholars to use to understand what was trendy in 2012.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
The charismatic cast (particularly Banks and Lopez) manage to find the humanity in their cliched roles but they can't transcend all the surface-level schmaltz on display here.
Cara Nash - FILMINK (Australia)
Provides good chuckles and heartfelt drama - paired with an equal amount of familiar gags and flat story ideas.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
What To Expect When You're Expecting delivers a stale plot, mostly underwritten characters and almost no joy. Expect little and you may not be entirely disappointed.
Kristal Cooper - We Got This Covered
The highs, lows, unexpected joys and totally expected pains of pregnancy get a comprehensive going over in this consistently funny, warm-hearted ensemble comedy.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
Too bad you can't watch What to Expect When You're Expecting the way most people read the best-selling self-help book: by skipping the unnecessary bits and diving into the important stuff.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Those who don't have children would find it rather agonising, while those who do might not wish to pay a babysitter for the pleasure of seeing a film about nappies and epidurals.
Jenny McCartney - Daily Telegraph
A dirty diaper bag of sex jokes, sentimental mush, cartoonish claptrap and weary parent-to-be cliches.
Neil Pond - American Profile
I wasn't expecting how warmly I'd feel towards the characters by the end of the movie - and I certainly wasn't expecting to tear up a little bit during one of the couple's denouements. How in hell did that happen?
CJ Johnson - ABC Radio (Australia)
These women have nothing that interesting to offer and their husbands are just as dull.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
Appears at first to be a superficial appetizer with little on its mind beyond cliche and predictable formula...but some genuine tenderness surfaces..and Banks is terrific.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
The creation of human life is the best show you could ever see and What to Expect... the book is a great guide to that process. However the movie adaptation is a shallow concept piece, lazy in its approach and moronic in its execution.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
The young Hollywood executives of today were weaned on television's last golden era - the heady days of 'Friends' and 'Ally McBeal' and 'Seinfeld' - and the films now being greenlit seem to come with a mandate for a small-screen mindset and aesthetic.
Simon Foster - Screen-Space
Like childbirth, (it's) very messy and painful at times. But like raising children, there will be a few tears and a few laughs and somehow you'll get through it.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Messy? Complicated? Nah. Turns out all you should expect when you're expecting is to live in the midst of a nine-month sitcom.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The eggs are there; someone just forgot to fertilise them.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
This terrible comedy is a return to the cycle of late 1980s obscoms, movies packed with obstetric detail celebrating the wonders of parenthood.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
The cast gives it their all, but this tepid dramedy lacks fervour and originality.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
As rom-coms go, this one is definitely stillborn.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
One of those resolutely bland Hollywood star machines that bears no resemblance to the real world at all.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
All the leads are ultimately betrayed by a script almost as silly as the idea of building a romcom around a pregnancy guide.
James O'Brien - Daily Mail [UK]
On the whole, I'd rather give birth.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show