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Jersey Girl Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    43

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 10

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The nadir of the movie -- or cheesy zenith -- is Ollie's sodden soliloquy, delivered in the presence of his baby, in which he laments the loss of her mother and his wife. All that's missing are the strains of Ravel's "Pavane For a Dead Princess."

  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    For some four fifths of its length, Jersey Girl is as square as a turnpike-diner place mat.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Smith stumbles setting up dramatic confrontations and strains credibility a time or two with implausible moments.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Smith is looking more and more like a developing major talent, so it could be years until we get a handle on this movie's legacy. The film is not only defensible as a cute one-shot, but also as a positive sign for the future.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Liv Tyler is a very particular talent who has sometimes been misused by directors more in love with her beauty than with her appropriateness for their story. Here she is perfectly cast.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Formulaic script and uneven tone. Disappointing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has very strong language and sexual references for a PG-13. Ollie and Maya talk about pornography and masturbation and she offers him a "pity jump." Ollie walks in on Gertie and a friend playing doctor and Gertie walks in on Ollie and Maya in the shower (with clothes on). There is brief diaper humor. Characters drink and smoke (references to alcohol abuse) and there is a cocaine joke.

  • Families can talk about how they balance their family and work responsibilities. What are some of Ollie's alternatives? Do you think Ollie is a good father? Do you think Bart is a good father? Sometimes families are made up of people who are related to each other, and sometimes they are made up of people who just care about each other -- do you agree?

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Very sad death.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Very explicit sexual references for a PG-13.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking, cocaine joke.

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