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The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 181
Fresh: 154
Rotten: 27

Critics Consensus: Steve Carell's first star turn scores big with a tender treatment of its titular underdog, using raunchy but realistically funny comedy to connect with adult audiences.

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 35
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: Steve Carell's first star turn scores big with a tender treatment of its titular underdog, using raunchy but realistically funny comedy to connect with adult audiences.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 991,217


Movie Info

One man nervously ventures forth into the final frontier in this comedy starring comic actor Steve Carell. Andy Stitzer (Carell) is a cheerfully geeky guy who is settling into middle age with his large collection of comic books, action figures, and collectable models. Andy works in an electronics store, and seems reasonably happy with his life. However, one day his friends and co-workers David (Paul Rudd), Jay (Romany Malco), and Cal (Seth Rogen) discover that Andy has a secret -- due to his … More

R (for pervasive sexual content, language and some drug use)
Directed By:
Written By:
Judd Apatow , Steve Carell
In Theaters:
Dec 13, 2005
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The 40 Year Old Virgin

All Critics (183) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (154) | Rotten (27) | DVD (43)

If it were 20 minutes shorter, it would be that much closer to perfect.

Full Review… | October 7, 2006
Top Critic

At its best it resembles one of those classic early-'80s comedies starring Steve Martin -- the thinking man's Woody Allen -- boasting an acute mix of desperation, dignity, lunacy and indecorous wit.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Apatow genuinely loves his hero, and the film's innate sweetness carries it through the rough patches of a funny comedy with a central relationship that isn't particularly funny.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

Count me among the naysayers.

Full Review… | September 7, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

It's truly dirty and truly romantic at the same time, a combination that's very hard to pull off.

September 6, 2005
New Yorker
Top Critic

It's worth making a date with The 40-Year-Old Virgin. You won't go home disappointed.

Full Review… | August 19, 2005
USA Today
Top Critic

Apatow's creative miscalculation here extends well beyond forgetting to give his characters much to do: He made a comedy that's just not very funny

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
Film Racket

Judd Apatow might have been crowned the savior of American comedy, but the brutal truth is that he peaked with this, his first major hit. Sadly, so did Steve Carell. So savor this perfect moment that they shared, and scripted, together.

Full Review… | September 25, 2010

A pleasant surprise, The 40 Year Old Virgin stands apart from other gross out comedies mainly because of how it deals with the films main theme.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Simultaneously subversive and reactionary

Full Review… | September 1, 2009

Leave it to Judd Apatow to take a simple concept you'd find in basically any sex comedy, and add his own original twist on it.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

funny all way through

April 9, 2008

Mr. Carell and Mr. Apatow traffic in random humor and though their ability to sustain it is impressive, it's at the expense of any real emotion. Which is a bit ironic.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

Appeals equally to fans of no-holds-barred gross-out movies and those looking for something more intelligent. It's hilarious, surprisingly perceptive, and even sweet.

Full Review… | May 16, 2007
Apollo Guide

An infuriatingly-offensive, soft-porn primer on how to treat girls as objects who exist at the disposal of men.

Full Review… | April 15, 2007
Princeton Town Topics

The movie belongs to Carell, who takes a one-joke role and turns him into a three-dimensional human being.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

There are lots of stereotypes about grown-up virgins, but the film stands these stereotypes on their head, so much so that, by the end, our protagonist seems like the sanest character of the bunch.

September 1, 2006
Christianity Today

Apatow's sex comedy...hits its stride eventually, and keeps us rooting for it...thanks to its honesty and sweetness

Full Review… | August 24, 2006
Cinema Writer

The script is little more than an excuse for letting a bouncy team of sketch comics have their heads. Unlike most films pasted together in this way, it displays a certain cohesion.

Full Review… | July 1, 2006
Sydney Morning Herald

The script by Carell and director Judd Apatow is not for the prudish or easily offended. That said, it's still one of the funniest movies of the year.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
Sacramento News & Review

An often very funny sex comedy.

Full Review… | February 20, 2006


Full Review… | February 17, 2006
3BlackChicks Review

There's crude, lewd humour, bawdy innuendo and surprisingly plenty of heart in this bad-taste romantic comedy that insists we tag along for the fun.

Full Review… | October 2, 2005
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for The 40 Year Old Virgin


If ever there was a one joke film...So as you may have guessed this is all about a dude who is the ripe old age of 40 and has yet to have jiggy jiggy. Just looking at the cast line up and director for this film you know exactly what to expect comedy wise, there's gonna be infantile toilet humour and lots of sexual innuendos.

But wait! its not all like that, its not gone completely down the 'Deuce Bigalow' route, beneath all the visual gags and nerd references there is actually a heart warming rom-com here. The film kicks off as you would expect and its really quite amusing, Carell is perfectly cast as the simple lonely virgin in his amazingly decent and spacious flat, How does he afford that place with the job he's in?!. Naturally Carell's character has been given the stereotypical nerd look, the silly childish way most males would perceive a single middle aged man with no girlfriend.

'Andy's' home is a haven for all sci-fi comic book merchandise geeks everywhere, a treasure trove of collectibles, action figures, boxed action figures, posters etc...the rather over used and cliched stereotypical view on single guys that might play Dungeons & Dragons too much. Admittedly it is amusing but it does kinda wane quickly to be honest, much like the humour. At first it is funny watching Carell struggle to fit in with his alcohol consuming friends, its probably awkward for most as I'm sure many of us have actually been in that position. Trying to fit in with your mates and not stick out like a sore thumb, we can all relate to these things at some point in our lives and this is why it does hit home and make you cringe and smile at the same time.

Problem was for me it all got very old very fast. The whole infantile college boy type humour, trying to score and pull birds, drinking whilst mocking Andy for the fact he gets more aroused by movie collectibles rather than women (at times). I do like Seth Rogan so that did help along the way, he always comes across like a lunatic about to flip which is hilarious. Thing is once we've had the 'outing' of Andy and the first few attempts to get him laid it just becomes boring.

As we get towards the end of course things get mushy as Andy does find the right woman, they have spats, realise they are meant for each other and eventually naturally become an item, happily ever after. Yeah yeah spoiler alert but who cares, like you can't see that coming a mile off. On the whole you gotta give kudos to Carell for making Andy such a likable guy and to Keener for giving such a touching caring performance as his older girlfriend. Thanks to them the film is elevated above a silly comedy purely about having sex. As for that song n dance routine at the very end...what the hell was that about?!.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


An unexpected hit with a solid delivery in comedy and even drama. The 40-Year-Old Virgin's realistic tone provides for a film that is as impacting as its cast's performances. Steve Carell leads an ensemble that is crude and raunchy from start to finish with the help of the insightful Judd Apatow. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


Very funny film. I wish there had been a sequel -- but then again, pretty much every Steve Carrell film since has been a sequel to this.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Throughout your first experience of this film, you will be rolling on the floor laughing, and watching it a second time, you will be as equally enthralled. I really like how a film that runs solely on sex jokes can be so damn original. So, Andy (Steve Carell) is a "40 Year Old Virgin," and is pursuaded by his friends to find a girl to have sex with, ad along the way, he finally finds his first and only true love. This film is very complex for a comedy, which is a huge payoff in the end, and I was left completely and utterly satisfied. Anyone who complains about this film being bad, must have a problem with the plot or something other than the comedy, because the writing is absolutely gut-splittingly hilarious. This film rocks!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

The 40 Year Old Virgin Quotes

You ride a bike to work, in a stockroom!
Andy Stitzer:
Einstein rode a bike to work!
He had a wife, who he fucked!
– Submitted by William C (3 months ago)
Andy Stitzer:
I'm not trying to be sexy!
– Submitted by Augusta M (15 months ago)
Everybody dick look big on 60-inch TV, my sister's dick look big on TV.
– Submitted by Brendan C (2 years ago)
[upon hearing about Andy's promotion] This is the bullshit of all bullshit! Scumbag! Ass kisser.
– Submitted by Brendan C (2 years ago)
What are you? 25?
Andy Stitzer:
I'm 40.
Holy shit, man. You got to get on that.
– Submitted by Ryan H (2 years ago)
Andy Stitzer:
Hope you got a big trunk, cause I'm putting my bike in it.
– Submitted by Paul T (2 years ago)

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