As Good as It Gets

Lists: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Best Picture nominee 1990 to 1999

Brief Synopsis: "New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast."

Overall Ranking: 338 (Rank from 1997: # 7)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 44.44%
Regular 55.56%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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David Baruffi97
CinemaVisitor Erik90
Dave Examines Movies85(full review)
Jim Carrier83 - A good performance by all, but a great performance by one of the best actors of all-time being an unlikable, wealthy, rude writer with OCD.
Rob from GuysFilmQuest81
Thomas Pollock80
Patrick Devitt80

People Involved

  • Jack Nicholson (Melvin Udall)
  • Helen Hunt (Carol Connelly)
  • Greg Kinnear (Simon Bishop)
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. (Frank Sachs)
  • Skeet Ulrich (Vincent Lopiano)
  • Shirley Knight (Beverly Connelly)
  • Yeardley Smith (Jackie Simpson)
  • Lupe Ontiveros (Nora Manning)
  • Bibi Osterwald (Neighbor Woman)
  • Ross Bleckner (Carl)
  • Bernadette Balagtas (Caterer)
  • Jaffe Cohen (Partygoer)
  • Laurie Kilpatrick (Partygoer)
  • Alice Vaughn (Partygoer)
  • James L. Brooks (Director)
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