Baby Mama adheres fairly closely to the conventions of the studio comedy, although it's never actually predictable, probably because the characters and subject matter are so novel.
-Carina ChocanoFull Review
'Baby Mama' Makes Do-Do
-Joe BaltakeFull Review
Although the big picture itself gets mushy, the small moments, especially involving Fey, are sharp.
-Lisa SchwarzbaumFull Review
Enough laughs for me to recommend.
It's clumsy, not cute, an amateur show that's eager to amuse by any means.
-Joe MorgensternFull Review
Yes, the film doesn't offer many surprises and grows soft and predictable by its conclusion. But it does avoid the sappy sentimentality of the genre. The movie -- and its lead actresses -- charms us more than we might expect.
-Claudia PuigFull Review
I'm not making claims that Baby Mama transcends the format's routine progressions -- opposites not only attract, they learn from each other -- only that, within these conventions, the movie is smart, funny and beguiling.
-Richard CorlissFull Review
Baby Mama ultimately gives in to sweetness, but it has some deliciously tart moments along the way.
-Moira MacDonaldFull Review
It's a movie that deals in emotion and attempts to pass counterfeit goods. There's nothing there... . And yet by the deprived standards of the modern romantic comedy, one would have to say, well, it's not bad.
-Mick LaSalleFull Review
Baby Mama is formulaic, but this broad odd-couple girl comedy has the advantage of knowing what it is.
-David AnsenFull Review
In the end, despite some complications, it successfully gives birth to a very happy event: The arrival of Tina Fey, movie star.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review
In a pleasing contrast to Fey's sharpness, Poehler keeps her performance unpredictable and fuzzy. In this just-add-water comedy, a very funny movie star is born.
-Joe NeumaierFull Review
Neither Tina Fey nor Amy Poehler, former Saturday Night Live colleagues, has a compelling big-screen presence. And as a team they're no Martin and Lewis. Still, their lightweight double act passes the time agreeably.
-Colin CovertFull Review
Baby Mama is just amusing enough to provoke a few chuckles and just short enough to keep you from glancing at your watch.
-Connie OgleFull Review
The funny, felicitous Baby Mama exploits every stage of pregnancy except the first. No hanky-panky to bump this plot in motion.
-Amy BiancolliFull Review
Baby Mama offers ample evidence that Fey and Poehler are more than ready for prime-time screen gigs. Let's hope they team again for a comedy that delivers all that it promises.
-Peter HowellFull Review
It's not that Baby Mama is an outright bad movie. It's just so thoroughly typical, a one-note, odd-couple, laff-lite film featuring two Saturday Night Live veterans that reminds you of so many other dashed-together SNL vet films.
-Tom LongFull Review
The appealing Fey and nutty Poehler make sure Baby Mama dramas comes leavened with laughs.
-Lisa KennedyFull Review
A really funny, surprisingly smart and genuinely sweet comedy.
-Tom MaurstadFull Review
The pregnancy-movie craze shows no signs of abating, but not all bellies are created equal. Baby Mama is a disservice to Tina Fey, who is at her best playing characters who are whip-smart.
-Peter RainerFull Review
One of the funniest movies to be released so far this year.
-Bill ZweckerFull Review
The movie was written and directed by a man, Michael McCullers. But it cuts out the obligatory middleman and lets two women make us laugh, often very hard.
-Wesley MorrisFull Review
This new comedy is what you could call a surrogate comedy with familiar Saturday Night Live jokes implanted in a generic Baby Boom script.
-Liam LaceyFull Review
The new comedy Baby Mama never comes fully to term, as it were.
The script favors routine Odd Couple gags over the sort of comic contemplation of motherhood a writer like Fey might have brought to the subject.
-J. R. JonesFull Review
Every moment of this project feels beat-driven, focus-grouped and designed to package Fey as a viable movie star with great pins (as one character takes pains to note) to go with the breasts (ditto). This isn't writing, it's advertising.
-Michael PhillipsFull Review
[Writer/director] McCullers takes all the loose plot strands and ties them in a neat knot and cuts it, as an obstetrician might a newborn's umbilicus. Still, I left with a smile.
-Carrie RickeyFull Review
There are a couple of minor surprises and enough laughs and truisms floating around the supporting cast to make this an easy comedy to watch.
-Roger MooreFull Review
Audiences alive to the modest charms of its take on female friendship will be rewarded with at least a few quiet chuckles.
-Ann HornadayFull Review