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February 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics always seem to have adulatory comments to express about Jennifer Aniston’s performances, even while castigating the makers of most of the films in which she has appeared. Such is the case with her latest one, Wanderlust, in which she stars with Paul Rudd. Aniston, writes Lou Lumenick in the New York Post “thrives in this ensemble comedy,” which, he nevertheless says, “lacks any real bite.” Perhaps the reason for that, Wesley Morris remarks in the Boston Globe, is that it “has no teeth.” As an aside, he comments that movie producers simply do not know how to approach Aniston’s “undervalued sense of comedy.” Carrie Rickey in the Philadelphia Inquirer refers to “Aniston’s many underappreciated gifts,” but unlike many of her colleagues, she likes the movie, which, she says, brought her “more laughs than I’ve had at the movies in a very long time.” And Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times remarks, “There are so many things to feel guilty about liking in the pure and prurient guilty pleasure that is Wanderlust.” But Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle, in a kind of on-the-one-hand/on-the-other-hand review, remarks enigmatically: “Certainly, no comedy that generates this much laughter deserves anything other than a good review, and that’s what this is, a good review, and don’t let anybody tell you any different. All the same, Wanderlust is slightly disappointing, slightly mechanical, so that when it’s over, you get none of that extra something. What is that extra something? You know: It’s the something we all want from comedies, besides laughs. It varies from picture to picture, but when it’s not there you feel it.”