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What Happens in Vegas Reviews

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Anna Smith
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 12, 2008
The screenplay is awful, the direction is bland and the performances are beyond redemption.
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 9, 2008
What Happens in Vegas contains enough unbridled silliness to salvage its lowbrow high concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 9, 2008
What Happens in Vegas... should have stayed in development -- forever. This ramshackle -- and occasionally repulsive -- farce doesn't even deliver on the minimal promise of its title; most of it takes place in Manhattan.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 9, 2008
What Happens in Vegas refuses to take a gamble. Like a bleary-eyed gambler repeatedly tossing a pair of dice, it tiredly goes through the motions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
May 9, 2008
Here's a romantic comedy that is goofy, highly implausible, sometimes over the top, often in bad taste, and resolutely empty-headed. In short, it's the best example of its genre to appear on the screen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 9, 2008
Why do we have to suffer through movies like What Happens in Vegas, which is the worst-in-breed not only for this year, but very likely in living memory.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 9, 2008
We all know what happens in Vegas -- and we know, without having to watch it, what happens in this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
May 9, 2008
Considering that the title of the movie was conceived by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, it's not a huge surprise that What Happens in Vegas is stocked with product placement.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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May 9, 2008
You'd think the combination of Diaz, Kutcher and Vegas would be good for at least a little sexy, silly fun. But don't bet on it.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 9, 2008
Screenwriter Dana Fox (the dreadful Wedding Date was hers) and director Tom Vaughan can't find much fun or romance in this. What Happens in Vegas ... offers none of the surprises that screen comedy so desperately needs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 9, 2008
It's called What Happens in Vegas, but it should have been called What Happens in Hollywood as it pretty much defines contrived studio comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 9, 2008
For an idea of the level of wit, several gags are built around the name 'Dick Banger'.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 9, 2008
While Diaz and Kutcher make their clichéd characters as likable as possible, you can bet on this: Any movie named after an already-stale ad campaign isn't likely to gamble on the unexpected.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 9, 2008
By being a smidge smarter than the average date movie, it makes the first-time meeting, the battle of the sexes and the bumpy course of true love entertaining despite overfamiliarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 9, 2008
The latest uptight chick/slacker dude romantic comedy is so formulaic, you could win big if you placed bets on what's going to happen next.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
May 9, 2008
What Happens in Vegas feels oddly stilted yet desperate, as though its principals felt the need to overcompensate for the too-neat symmetry of opening scenes with over-the-top violence and bright orange tans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 9, 2008
Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz almost pull off Vegas despite everything. And there's quite a bit of everything.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 9, 2008
Who knew the title wasn't simply clever (inviting the rejoiner 'stays in Vegas') but a dire warning of a bad movie ahead?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 9, 2008
It was inevitable that an annoying catchphrase would one day become the title for an annoying movie. What Happens in Vegas is not only annoying, it's also incompetent -- a bad mix.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
May 9, 2008
Though likely not a film you'll remember a month after seeing it, it does hit most of the right notes for a good date flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
May 9, 2008
The felicitous pairing of Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher overcomes the mechanical setup of this amiable screwball comedy about mismatched Manhattanites who wed in Las Vegas following a drunken first date.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 9, 2008
When it was over I felt vaguely embarrassed. I wasn't just leaving a movie theater. I was taking a walk of shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 9, 2008
What happens in Vegas is exactly what you would expect: It's formulaic, slapsticky, silly and loud, until it goes all gooey in the end.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 9, 2008
What Happens in Vegas . . . boasts the not inconsiderable appeal of good-looking people having a good time -- even while having a bad time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 9, 2008
What Happens in Vegas should damn well have stayed in Vegas. Instead, the thing has leaked out as a movie that, one grey morning this week, swiped 100 minutes from my life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
May 8, 2008
I didn't laugh much, and I never felt even an inkling of 'aw, cute!' romance -- but I didn't want to claw my eyes out, either. If that counts as a success, then I guess it's a hit.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 8, 2008
Not that What Happens in Vegas is any kind of great movie, but it's an exceedingly bright comedy that never makes you feel stupid for enjoying its brisk pacing, smart lines, sound construction and superb comic acting.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 8, 2008
What Happens in Vegas, one of those junky time-wasters that routinely pop up in movie theaters, won't make you laugh much or at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 8, 2008
Complain all you want about the affable slobs in Judd Apatow comedies; at least they're not tools.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 8, 2008
So many things, small and large, erode any sense of fun here. The movie looks like crud -- like it, too, stayed up and drank all night.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Julia Wallace
L.A. Weekly
May 8, 2008
The stars, despite having only a fraction of the charm and talent of classic sparring-but-meant-for-each-other duos, know how to mug for the camera and well up on cue, and somehow that turns out to be enough to carry this trifle.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 8, 2008
What Happens in Vegas . . . should have stayed in Vegas. Or in New York, where most of this predictable, uninspired film takes place. Or in Hollywood, where such lamebrained ideas are hatched.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 8, 2008
Full-contact marital warfare connects with every body part save the funny bone.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 7, 2008
Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz hate on each other with dynamite verve in What Happens in Vegas.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 7, 2008
Sadly, about the nicest thing I can say about What Happens in Vegas is that I didn't hate it -- although I suppose that's something.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
May 5, 2008
There are no big surprises, and only a handful of unexpected developments. But Kutcher and Diaz are undeniably appealing...nd the scene-stealing supporting players...go about their petty larceny with amusing adroitness.