Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 16, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

As Good As It Gets

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Jack Nicholson, Cuba Gooding Jr.
director
James L. Brooks
author
James L. Brooks
genre
Drama, Comedy, Romance

We gave it a B-

AS GOOD AS IT GETS (PG-13) A talky, off-kilter romantic comedy from James L. Brooks that’s neither entirely romantic nor entirely comedic and never finds a confident center. Still, it’s fun to watch Jack Nicholson draw on great reservoirs of bile to play a mean SOB with an obsessive-compulsive disorder who is partially humanized by his contact with Helen Hunt (well, who wouldn’t be?) as a put-upon waitress and single mom. With Greg Kinnear as a sweet gay painter and devoted dog owner. B-

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