EW didn't much like it. The New York Times review says,
This is a formula film, but it has the kind of good cheer and fine tuning that occasionally give slickness a good name.Variety says,
Its success is a true testament to its cast and to Turteltaub's keen sense of balance.Roger Ebert closes his review with this:
It's a feel-good film, warm and good-hearted, and as it was heading for its happy ending, I was still a little astonished how much I was enjoying it.