Disappoints with its gooey liberalism and its failure to find a convincing dramatic register for the central relationship.
- Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK], December 06, 2012
Marital crisis in the New Jersey suburbs feels like yesterday's soggy granola in this impressively witless clone of American Beauty.
- Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph, December 06, 2012
The intervention of Tony Soprano, who lives not far away, is urgently called for.
- Guy Lodge, Time Out, December 04, 2012
The Oranges does not taste freshly squeezed.
- Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, November 09, 2012
The leafy green trees evident everywhere in what purports to be New Jersey Christmas scenes aren't the only thing that feels off in the predictable domestic bedroom comedy The Oranges.
- Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, November 08, 2012
You want something that plays a little sharper, and cuts a little deeper. You want something that demands more of its performers, and delivers more to its audience.
- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, October 05, 2012
You know the movie has an insurmountable problem when the two adulterers, who profess to be madly in love, don't even seem like they want to be in the same room.
- Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, October 05, 2012
The Oranges displays an air of efficient economy. Nothing is messy, no beat too long, the actors hit their marks.
- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, October 05, 2012
Less of a laugh riot than it should be.
- Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, October 05, 2012
As a seven-year veteran of the New Jersey suburban experience, I can testify that it nails the milieu's specifics.
- Lou Lumenick, New York Post, October 05, 2012
"The Oranges" hits and misses at random.
- Rafer Guzman, Newsday, October 05, 2012
Its concerns are not the usual movie concerns, and it takes what might have been a standard plot in some unexpected directions.
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, October 04, 2012
How could a movie starring Hugh Laurie, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney and Catherine Keener go so wrong?
- Stephen Holden, New York Times, October 04, 2012
Flirting with farce, the film never gets out of comic first gear.
- Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, October 04, 2012
Julian Farino ... [works] so hard to convince us of the Deep Inner Goodness of everyone involved.
- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, October 04, 2012
It's a familiar story made fresh by actors who know how to make each breath matter.
- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, October 04, 2012
What I liked was the movie's feel for the emotional mess and ambivalence of family ties, and its openness without hysteria to the fact that some of those ties might fray beyond repair.
- Ella Taylor, NPR, October 04, 2012
With Laurie and Meester on credible form, The Oranges remains a juicy comic odyssey, pithy to its core.
- James Mottram, The List, December 04, 2012
A tricky social conundrum is boiled down, lightly prodded and then forgotten by the roadside. Shame.
- David Jenkins, Little White Lies, December 06, 2012
Sporadic in its own sparkle, middling in its wit, the film will be required viewing mainly for Hugh Laurie phenomenologists ...
- Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, December 06, 2012