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40 Days and 40 Nights Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Translates your average bad teen comedy into a below-average adult romantic comedy.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 1/5

May 27, 2013
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Mildly amusing Josh Hartnett sex comedy.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

August 26, 2010
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Lehmann and screenwriter Rob Perez milk this idea for everything it's worth.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

May 26, 2006
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: 1/4

February 3, 2006
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Even by the relatively relaxed standards of teen sex, or no sex, farces, 40 Days and 40 Nights is painful to watch.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: D

January 7, 2005
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

They could have easily made yet another gross-out comedy, but instead the laughs are born of clever writing and likable characters.

Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Original Score: 3/4

January 7, 2004
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

Finds a way to present a light-hearted sexual comic fairy tale, then derails itself with bad romantic comedy fallbacks.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 4/10

June 8, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

This movie was about the most excruciating hour and a half I've endured recently.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 8, 2003
Tim Merrill
Film Threat

A reasonably intelligent adult comedy.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

December 8, 2002
David Grove
Film Threat

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 Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 8, 2002
Blake French

It's a collection of guy humor, no more and no less.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

November 12, 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 Source: BBC | Original Score: 3/5

November 4, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

Mean-spirited, ugly little movie.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 1/4

October 15, 2002
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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

September 20, 2002
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

One half is a characteristic sex farce, the other a surprisingly genuine and amiable romance.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: C

September 17, 2002
Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
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Hartnett's pitch-perfect sexual panic can be hilariously funny.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 16, 2002
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

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

September 13, 2002
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

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 Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: C

August 30, 2002
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Hartnett and Sossamon resonate a natural chemistry that infuses this mixed affair with uncommon humanism and sex appeal.

Full Review

August 26, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Given its drastically contrived nature, the script gets further than I expected.

| Original Score: C+

August 9, 2002
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