The Heartbreak Kid (1972) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Heartbreak Kid (1972)



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While on his honeymoon, a new husband finds himself attracted to a wealthy, gorgeous woman he meets along the way and begins to have second thoughts about his marriage. This well-performed, sharply written comedy follows the husband's often selfish attempts to find happiness and love.


Charles Grodin
as Lenny Cantrow
Jeannie Berlin
as Lila Kolodny
Cybill Shepherd
as Kelly Corcoran
Eddie Albert
as Mr. Corcoran
Audra Lindley
as Mrs. Corcoran
William Prince
as Colorado Man
August Dabney
as Colorado Woman
Doris Roberts
as Mrs. Cantrow
Mitchell Jason
as Cousin Ralph
Art Metrano
as Entertainer
Marilyn Putnam
as Mrs. Kolodny
Jack Hausman
as Mr. Kolodny
Augusta Dabney
as Colorado Woman
Eric Lee Preminger
as Pecan-Pie Waiter
Tim Browne
as Kelly's Boyfriend
Jean Scoppa
as Flower Girl
Greg Pecque
as Young Boy
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Critic Reviews for The Heartbreak Kid

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (5)

[May] captures the implausibly boundless sense of wonder, possibility, and entitlement of a time when even a self-proclaimed schmuck like Len Cantrow, endowed with little but the gift of gab, attempted daring feats of self-liberation.

February 1, 2016 | Full Review…

Elaine May's deft direction catches all the possibilities of young romance and its tribulations in light strokes and cleverly accents characterization of the various principals.

February 3, 2009 | Full Review…

Wittily directed by May, and neatly scripted by Neil Simon.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Elaine May's The Heartbreak Kid was directed with a sure feeling for how comedy can edge over into satire and then tragedy.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A first-class American comedy, as startling in its way as was The Graduate.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4.5/5

The Heartbreak Kid is a gleefully comedic look at male logical fallacies and white ridiculousness as Lenny tries to extricate himself out of a situation he put himself in.

December 9, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Heartbreak Kid


As ruthlessly cynical as Simon's screenplay is, May's direction is the most subversive thing here. She forces the audience to slowly abandon all sympathy for these character so that by the end you're utterly relieved that no one is happy.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer


Tragicomic look at the trials and tribulations of love for young newlyweds. Poignancy and bitterness in constant balance.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


I understand the story is realistic and it's supposed to be that real life kind of humor, but I just couldn't get into the movie. I found it boring and the actors pretty annoying too. Not a great movie at all.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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