• Released
  • December 13, 2002
  • R , 2 hr 4 min
  • Black Comedy
    Comedy Drama
  • 39 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A retired widower (Jack Nicholson) tries to stop his daughter's (Hope Davis) wedding.

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100

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Payne achieves an impressive control over the look and tone, so that, melancholy as the movie is, it comes off as both comedy and comment...
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A quiet, heart-rending masterpiece, one with an actor's turn that people will remember, and rediscover, eons into the future.
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100

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Ever the satirist, Payne mines humor from his characters, be it Randall's cockeyed pyramid-scheme ideas or the banality of a ridiculous...
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
This is a superb film and one of Nicholson's great performances, tamped down but magnetic.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The power of this great movie -- part comedy, part tragedy, part satire, mostly masterpiece -- is in the details.
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It is also Nicholson at his bravest and riskiest. By banking his fires and staying alert to the smallest details, he delivers a monumental...
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A seriously good movie, a challenge to viewers, a rebuke of the way many Americans live their lives.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Nicholson has at least three magnificent moments in Hour 2. The best is a wedding toast that comes after another that will painfully remind...
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
How you feel about About Schmidt may depend in large part on how you feel About Jack.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This ambitious, entertaining movie, which showed at film festivals earlier this year, has been hailed in some quarters as a masterpiece...
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Rated R | For Some Language and Brief Nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Heartfelt Nicholson, not for kids at all.
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