Had the picture maintained a sense of lightheartedness, it may have better lived up to its genre. But, as is, Alex & Emma is flat, neither whimsically romantic nor consistently comedic.
Too much of Alex & Emma is an overt attempt to recreate the lightning in a bottle Reiner achieved with When Harry Met Sally.
Wesley MorrisBoston Globe
The lack of sexual tension is astounding.
Kim MorganPortland Oregonian
You can't help but think how much better this film would be had Woody Allen directed it...How much more acerbic fun would it be to see Judy Davis playing stenographer to a neurotic, writer's-blocked Woody?
Ann HornadayWashington Post
A stunningly inert piece of cinema, a movie that basically boils down to serial shots of people talking to each other.
Desson ThomsonWashington Post
The inside story is weak, dull and head-poundingly boring, and the outside story is only slightly better, thanks to the lukewarm likability of its two stars.
It's like a three-times-too-long sitcom pilot missing the laugh track.
Connie OgleMiami Herald
Watching Wilson and Hudson toil thanklessly through this mess is more laborious than writing the Great American Novel. And a lot less lucrative.