Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
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. If you haven't, do yourself a favor and stay away.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A cheerful comedy with just enough dark moments to create the illusion it's really about something.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
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.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
In the end, What to Expect, isn't an inspired movie, but a manufactured one, but one with some laughs and some moments. Plus, it has Chris Rock, who gets to liven things up as the ringleader of a beleaguered fathers' group.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
So although this multicharacter stew has a tasty morsel or two, in the aggregate it makes one long for the comparative complexity and subtlety of "Valentine's Day."
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In the realms of pregnancy comedy, What to Expect When You're Expecting doesn't find new laughs, just layers on attempts at the tried-and-true ones.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Morning sickness afflicts most of the potential mommies. For me, the movie itself triggered the vomiting.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
What audiences should expect is a tone-deaf, superficial, charmless ensemble rom-com, focused on five attractive, but uninteresting, couples.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
What you don't expect is how bad almost all of it is.
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41 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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