Ugly Truth Is Pretty Bad

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2009 7:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – Battle-of-the-sexes comedy Ugly Truth combines the worst aspects of male-friendly gross-out comedies with the worst aspects of female-friendly romantic comedies and the results aren't pretty, say unimpressed critics.

  • Refer Guzmán, Newsday: The movie "does a disservice to both genders. Its crass sex jokes feel like chum for mentally stunted males, while its dimwitted storyline seems aimed at females who find paperback romances overly nuanced."

  • Scott Tobias, AV Club: Stars Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler "have real chemistry together," but the movie is "the sort of rom-com apparatus that no relationship can overcome."
  • Liam Lacey, Globe & Mail: "With its grating soundtrack and cheap computer-generated imagery, The Ugly Truth feels more ugly than true, and predictable in everything except its level of crassness."