Columbia Pictures The Ugly Truth

Last updated date: July 29, 2019

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5.9


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 123 expert reviews, the Columbia Pictures Columbia Pictures The Ugly Truth placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
4.5
15 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.7
942 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Amazing that this raunchy screenplay was written by three women. At its conclusion, I am forced to report, it provides abundant evidence of my belief that a good movie has rarely featured a hot-air balloon.
- Roger Ebert
July 22, 2009 | Full review
There are a few laughs here and there, and it is at least modestly interesting watching Heigl and Butler do their dance around the film's more adult material and more revealing scenes.
- The Independent Critic
The best scenes are those in which Mike coaches Abby on how to inflame the doctor's interest, and she grudgingly comes to appreciate his savvy intuitions.
- The Hollywood Reporter
July 19, 2009 | Full review
Naturally, however, Mike’s more than the Neanderthal he seems, and Abby comes to appreciate his better qualities just as she’s realising how much she has compromised herself to keep cardboard cut-out Colin interested.
- Empire
Somewhere, deep down, I think this movie's creators wanted to tell moviegoers that there is such a thing as love (despite Mike's insistence that there isn't). And they wanted to convince us that it encompasses more than what can be stuffed in a spreadsheet.
- Plugged In
The film explores the truth of who comes out on top in a battle-of-the-sexes scenario, but by the end it's clear that the real truth lies somewhere in the middle.
- TV Guide
All due respect for Butler here folks- the guy is a hell of a performer. He kicks ass in action flicks, and probably even has the chops to pull off a decent comedic role, but this is not a good showcase for him.
- Jo Blo
July 24, 2009 | Full review
The Ugly Truth seems to understand that you don’t fix yourself to find the person you love; you find the person that knows your flaws and, for whatever reason, loves you anyway.
- Slant Magazine
July 23, 2009 | Full review
The Ugly Truth is the latest generic romantic comedy from the Hollywood factory. Boorish everyman who doesn't believe in deep relationships meets fussy, high-strung professional woman looking for love.
- IGN
July 23, 2009 | Full review
Every point I am giving this film is because of Gerard Butler. He’s not only extremely easy on the eyes, but he is a wonderful actor. He gives great edge and intense vulnerability to a role he could have easily phoned in.
- Ladue News
July 30, 2009 | Full review
On the plus side, the movie does right to populate the world with great side characters. Abby’s best friend and assistant is played by Bree Turner, who once again reminds me that I love Bree Turner.
- Film School Rejects
July 24, 2009 | Full review
So why are we meant to like him now? Perhaps Gerard’s famous natural charm was meant to save the day, but the Scot is so busy choking on his attempt at an American accent that all I could marvel at was his cheeks.
- Trespass Magazine
August 3, 2009 | Full review
The movie itself is good. Solid performances all around. And I found that I really believed the romance developing between the two characters
- Run Pee
Despite the fact that the film has a few issues, overall it was very funny and smart. It may appear to be a "chick-flick," but after your male friend/husband/ boyfriend has been dragged to the movie whining, he will exit the theatre still chuckling about what he has just seen.
- College Movie Review
September 18, 2010 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The problem is "The Ugly Truth" isn't edgy and it isn't funny. The problem may very well be that Heigl is a bit known for resisting this kind of humor.
- The Independent Critic
Mostly, though, The Ugly Truth's failure is down to its level of fantasy. It's curious a film so desperate to tell it like it is should have such a distant acquaintance with any sort of realism.
- The Guardian
The movie wastes an excellent supporting cast. John Michael Higgins and Cheryl Hines have promising roles as the married, perpetually squabbling anchors, but they don't get enough opportunity to demonstrate their comic chops.
- The Hollywood Reporter
July 19, 2009 | Full review
The plot, in other words, is no worse than any of its genre. What’s wrong is that the script — written, God help us, by three women — seems to hate its leading lady.
- Empire
She longs for Mr. Perfect, a man who possesses all of the qualities on her infamous ten-point checklist, yet lacks the ability to mask her tightly wound personality long enough to hook him.
- TV Guide
I honestly don`t see the appeal. Sure- they may try to thrown in a few blow job jokes, and an R-rating to get in some of the fellas- but really, this is more of the same.
- Jo Blo
July 24, 2009 | Full review
There’s not an expected beat the film doesn’t hit, and its jokes, while somewhat wittier than the norm, fall flat just as often as not.
- Slant Magazine
July 23, 2009 | Full review
The Ugly Truth feels like one of those star vehicles that had a lot of fingerprints left on it -- as if Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, and Kate Hudson had all passed before it got to Heigl -- even if it isn't.
- IGN
July 23, 2009 | Full review
Katherine Heigl annoys me. I don’t know why, exactly. It could be that she is the same in every role or that her face is a strange shape or that she seems to be cornering the market on the ‘high- strung control freak who just needs a good man to mellow her out’ character, but I’ve seen enough of her for a while.
- Ladue News
July 30, 2009 | Full review
For whatever reason, Heigl plays the part almost too well. She seems miserable. I have enough trouble with actors that always play the same part, and it seems like her type-casting is beginning to be as an uptight bitch.
- Film School Rejects
July 24, 2009 | Full review
I get the awful feeling this movie was made on an island filled with people who thought it was funny – no one was around to tell them otherwise.
- Trespass Magazine
August 3, 2009 | Full review
Another complaint is that Katherine Heigl, known for her skills as an extremely talented actress, totally over-acted in this role. Throughout the movie, I kept wondering why in some scenes she was natural and relaxed while in others she was so over the top
- College Movie Review
September 18, 2010 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

A romantically challenged morning show producer (Katherine Heigl) is reluctantly embroiled in a series of outrageous tests by her chauvinistic correspondent (Gerard Butler) to prove his theories on relationships and help her find love. His clever ploys, however, lead to an unexpected result. Directed by Robert Luketic.

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