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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Strictly a middle-aged comedy, which consists of more easy lobs than sharp smacks, but manages to get the job done.
Lightweight but likable entertainment.
Chicago Tribune
Ragged as some of it might have been, that old "Out-of-Towners" had a unified and surprisingly dark comic vision to go with its nifty one-liners. This big, glossy picture is set in movie-movie land, that shiny, peachy place where a celebrity -- like Mayor Rudy -- waits around every corner. [2 April 1999, Friday, p.A]
Dallas Observer
As the harried household head in The Out-of-Towners, the thrill is gone. Martin's character is dull, and his performance is fatigued -- Hawn, a trouper, locates all the available giggles and wins applause for her big tantrum scene. And John Cleese is riotously funny.
Film Threat
It's a little frightening to watch Hawn be "bubbly" at her age.
A slight, oddly lifeless movie with dubious appeal for even the most incorrigible Simon devotees.
Chicago Sun-Times
Jogs doggedly on the treadmill of comedy, working up a sweat but not getting much of anywhere.
Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin are appealing performers, but none of the energy, professionalism and gameness they display -- can surmount the mess that surrounds them in this misguided comedy.
TV Guide Magazine
The only serendipitous touch is the casting of New York's "quality of life" watchdog, Rudolph Giuliani, as himself.
Washington Post
The film has about seven minutes of good material, mostly provided by John Cleese.

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