Pete (Walter Matthau) and Tillie (Carol Burnett) are middle-aged and meet at a time in their lives when both have developed a layer of cynicism about love and relationships. Wisecracking Pete hides behind an almost pathological need to tell jokes, while Tillie is a bit too uptight to let herself go. Gradually, through various ups and downs, they become a couple, get married – despite Pete's reservations – and have a child. After tragedy strikes, their marriage is tested.
- " Character driven story with nice work by Matthau and Burnett. " – Steve Crum (Video-Reviewmaster.com)
- " The mixture of happiness and grief, laughter and sobs, reality and farce makes this an admirable attempt at great filmmaking. " – TV Guide
- " This is the wittiest, warmest and most ingratiating movie to appear in a long time, with a beautifully sustained and muted edge of sadness. " – Howard Thompson (New York Times)