She's [Uma Thurman] quite funny, but her performance is at once winning and overstated.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
When it tries to be serious, it's too earnest, and when it tries to strike a chord, it's banal. And perhaps most egregiously, when it aims for humor, it feels overwrought and clichéd.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
—Lou Lumenick New York Post
The humor is soft, the dramas are small, and the movie stumbles from loose and scruffy naturalism to sitcom tidiness.
—A. O. Scott New York Times
...a blinkered New York Times metro-section feature come to bleary celluloid life.
—Bill Weber Slant Magazine
Casting against type is one thing, but putting Uma Thurman--an unheralded character actress; the more extraordinary the character, the better--in the role of an unkempt New York City mom goes against the cinematic gods.
—Michelle Orange Village Voice
...plays like a bad pilot that has been pumped out to feature length...
—Chris Cabin filmcritic.com