The New York Times calls it "hugely likable". Slant Magazine doesn't like it at all. BBC has a mixed review, saying it "is not as bad as I had feared." Locus Magazine says it's "mostly charmless". Moria gives it bad marks with 1 star. Roger Ebert is confused, coming to the movie without having read the book. Salon.com says,
It's a shame Adams didn't live to see this carefully cast and gently handled adaptation -- it captures the quizzical, quasi-spiritual nature of his book and manages to nail a surprising number of his dry little jokes, even some that you think could work only on the page.