Technically the genre isn't beneath contempt. But this movie is.
-J. R. JonesFull Review
Babies are cute and expectant parents often aren't. That kind of sums up What to Expect When You're Expecting.
-Peter RainerFull Review
Director Kirk Jones and screenwriters Shauna Cross and Heather Hach consistently fall back on corny music and slow-motion to try to get laughs. Very little of this movie feels risky, or even frisky.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review
Patently contrived to deliver the safer side of pregnancy-related humor over the course of five tidily intersecting plot lines.
-William GossFull Review
Remember when advice books stayed on the shelves where they belonged?
-Connie OgleFull Review
It's a sitcom-y ensemble film (complete with product placement) that feels like you're flipping around the TV dial.
-Jennie PunterFull Review
"What to Expect" rolls out this shocking revelation: Having kids is a messy and complicated process.
-Tom LongFull Review
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 NehmeFull Review
The movie turns out to be a little of everything yet succeeds only occasionally at anything.
-Stephanie MerryFull Review
"What to Expect" isn't an inspired movie, but a manufactured one, but one with some laughs and some moments.
-Mick LaSalleFull Review
What audiences should expect is a tone-deaf, superficial, charmless ensemble rom-com, focused on five attractive, but uninteresting, couples.
-Claudia PuigFull Review
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 SharkeyFull Review
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 BurrFull Review
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 TraversFull Review
An amiable but disjointed movie with too many stories and not enough storytelling.
-Colin CovertFull Review
It makes one long for the comparative complexity and subtlety of Valentine's Day.
-Carrie RickeyFull Review
What you don't expect is how bad almost all of it is.
-Joe NeumaierFull Review
Exactly what you'd expect. And that's not a good thing.
-Richard RoeperFull Review
With 10 main characters and nearly as many smaller players, "What to Expect" attempts to cover every possible type of motherhood in America and very nearly succeeds.
-Rafer GuzmanFull Review
The overall mood is of warm reassurance, and some of it is even pretty funny.
-A.O. ScottFull Review
Don't expect much.
-Moira MacDonaldFull Review
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 HowellFull Review
The plot nearly stalls with gridlock. It's clever but the stories are thin soup.
-Roger EbertFull Review
Everything that happens in the multiple story lines is entirely predictable; the only question is when.
-Glenn KennyFull Review
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 GleibermanFull Review
Some of the pregnancies are played for laughs, others are depicted more melodramatically. It's a mishmash of mediocrity.
-Bill GoodykoontzFull Review
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 HynesFull Review
A good-looking cast of popular actors can only do so much with material that's superficial and sitcommy.
-Christy LemireFull Review
Superficial and frothy...choppy and episodic, and funny - especially when Chris Rock, a veteran dad in real life - is holding court.
-Roger MooreFull Review
Helmer Kirk Jones does a solid job negotiating the material and managing the few tonal shifts when an occasional dark moment emerges.
-Lael LoewensteinFull Review