40 Days and 40 Nights Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 27, 2013
Translates your average bad teen comedy into a below-average adult romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
August 26, 2010
Mildly amusing Josh Hartnett sex comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Lehmann and screenwriter Rob Perez milk this idea for everything it's worth.
Emanuel Levy
February 3, 2006
This tedious romantic romp is based on a single idea--a hunk (Josh Hartnet) abstaining from sex for the duration of Lent--extended to the limits of a feature-length picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2005
Even by the relatively relaxed standards of teen sex, or no sex, farces, 40 Days and 40 Nights is painful to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 7, 2004
They could have easily made yet another gross-out comedy, but instead the laughs are born of clever writing and likable characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
June 8, 2003
Finds a way to present a light-hearted sexual comic fairy tale, then derails itself with bad romantic comedy fallbacks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
This movie was about the most excruciating hour and a half I've endured recently.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Tim Merrill
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
A reasonably intelligent adult comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Grove
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
This film would've been a lot funnier if the filmmaker's had shown the slightest bit of imagination in terms of the plot's comic possibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Blake French
November 12, 2002
It's a collection of guy humor, no more and no less.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Neil Smith
November 4, 2002
In places 40 Days is actually quite witty but one can't help feeling that both Hartnett and Lehmann ... deserve better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Mean-spirited, ugly little movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 20, 2002
The movie reminded me of a beer commercial during a football game, with about as much depth but not nearly the wit.
| Original Score: 4/10
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
September 17, 2002
One half is a characteristic sex farce, the other a surprisingly genuine and amiable romance.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
September 16, 2002
Hartnett's pitch-perfect sexual panic can be hilariously funny.
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
September 13, 2002
A sex comedy starring Josh Hartnett is almost guaranteed a mainstream following. But that hasn't kept Lehmann from giving 40 Days the look and feel of a spirited, independent comedy.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
August 30, 2002
A slight but enjoyable-in-the-moment cataloging of one guy's battle with libido... [that] never manages -- or, sadly, seems to aspire -- to anything more than breezy diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 26, 2002
Hartnett and Sossamon resonate a natural chemistry that infuses this mixed affair with uncommon humanism and sex appeal.
Top Critic
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
Given its drastically contrived nature, the script gets further than I expected.
| Original Score: C+
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