“…. Putting Fonda, Tomlin, and Parton together must be one of the most appealing casting ideas since Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, and Betty Grable heated up How to Marry a Millionaire. And it works. Fonda plays straight man (or is that straight person?) to Tomlin's comic: Fonda asks the dumb questions while Tomlin dispatches the nasty one-liners. And then in walks Parton, a wonderful, swaying cartoon of feminity.
“…. But there is also Lily Tomlin, a superb comic actress who sheds a glow that nearly obscures this movie's shortcomings. As Violet, Tomlin manages to turn secretarial competence into a higher virtue: you can see her mentally filing each successive disaster, sending memos from one part of her brain to another, tackling an emergency and putting the next one on hold. It's a terrific performance: the controlled craziness in Tomlin's eyes reflects the absurdity that every secretary faces in every office in the world.”
Boston Phoenix, Dec. 23, 1980