Second Act Reviews

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January 11, 2019
Perhaps the film is a parable about how difficult having it all can be, especially for women. It does make a very pertinent point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 10, 2019
The cast is good enough -- if not to pull it off, at least to make it go down painlessly. Charlyne Yi supplies fun as half-phobic, half-kinky office drone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 3, 2019
An irregular comedy, but has a great first half with various inspired moments and memorable characters. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 24, 2018
Stick with Second Act for its smart reframing of a city Cinderella story that retains its sense of humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 21, 2018
Perhaps the brightest and best bit is the chemistry between Lopez and Remini.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 21, 2018
The film feels as finely tailored to J. Lo as the booty-enhancing pencil skirts she wears throughout the movie: Second Act's Maya from Queens is our Jenny from the Block.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2018
Just like Cinderella's glass slipper, "Second Act" offers Jennifer Lopez a form-fitting showcase.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 21, 2018
Second Act isn't the most surprising present under the tree this season. But with Lopez turning in a heartfelt performance and the rest of the performers following her lead, it's difficult to dislike the results.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 21, 2018
Peter Sagal's film itself takes a second try about halfway through. It almost entirely forgets about its own workplace comic premise and tries to reinvent itself, with a plot twist that is truly bizarre, as a weepy melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 20, 2018
It's a pleasant enough diversion, helped along immensely by Lopez's warm screen presence and by a first-rate Sassy Best Friend performance by Leah Remini.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 20, 2018
The movie frankly feels like three stories in one -- without fully servicing any of them -- but skates by, barely, on the strength of Lopez's charm and some amusing supporting players.
December 20, 2018
It's a breath of fresh air - and that's all I've ever wanted from a Jennifer Lopez movie.
December 20, 2018
It digs into the ideas of motherhood and shame in ways that movies rarely do, at least not ones this glossy and targeted at this audience.
December 20, 2018
It's a Jennifer Lopez vehicle, and thus still worth a look. But Second Act's second act proves pretty hard to follow.
December 20, 2018
The chemistry between Lopez and Remini is palpable and every scene with them in it is golden.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 20, 2018
It's clear this movie is for a certain audience, but at least the film embraces its genre and the jokes stick the landing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 20, 2018
JLo glows in friendship comedy with swearing, racy humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 20, 2018
Its pure escapism, its predictable and thin, but Lopez is a charmer. That's the film's strength.
December 20, 2018
It's got flow, a certain knowing ticky-tackiness about its own contrivances. You know you're watching a connect-the-dots comedy, but the dots sparkle.
December 20, 2018
[Lopez is] nothing if not a woman who knows her brand... and Second Act is perfectly tailored to it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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