In her review, Amy Dawes opined, "There's nothing so bad about another adult ensemble comedy dealing with the ups and downs of marriage, but there's nothing so good about it either -- not when it's as unpersuasive and awkward as this one.
In her review, Amy Dawes opined, “There’s nothing so bad about another adult ensemble comedy dealing with the ups and downs of marriage, but there’s nothing so good about it either — not when it’s as unpersuasive and awkward as this one.
“Audiences seeking the wit and polish of an Alan Alda or Neil Simon example of the form will do best to move on — this Arthur Hiller-directed version unfolds with an unaccountable clumsiness.
“Like Alda’s ‘The Four Seasons,’ story brings together three couples who gain perspective on their relationships through the course of their friendship. Problem here is we can never figure out why they’re friends.”
Dawes felt, “Pic’s most effective scenes are the knockdown fights about emotional issues, which finally give the actors something to get their teeth into. Message is that modern marital problems should be solved the old-fashioned way, with tenacity and faith; nonetheless, pic loses out by ignoring the fact that some differences are sadly insurmountable.”
She judged, “Hiller’s direction is often slapdash, particularly in the final reel. Use of Joni Mitchell’s saccharine and obvious ditty ‘The Circle Game’ as theme music has the desired saccharine and obvious effect.”