The 40 Year Old Virgin Reviews

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Russell Edwards
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 7, 2006
If it were 20 minutes shorter, it would be that much closer to perfect.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 26, 2005
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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 7, 2005
Count me among the naysayers.
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David Denby
New Yorker
September 6, 2005
It's truly dirty and truly romantic at the same time, a combination that's very hard to pull off.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 19, 2005
It's worth making a date with The 40-Year-Old Virgin. You won't go home disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 19, 2005
The 40 Year-Old Virgin speaks to the geek in us all, it's democratic in its ridicule, and it makes you understand why sometimes a guy just wants to stay home and talk to his toys.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 19, 2005
The 40-Year-Old Virgin disarms us -- it is, at its heart, a sweet-natured romantic comedy. Unfortunately, you have to clear away a fair bit of debris to find that heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 19, 2005
Despite a very lowbrow premise, the profanity-packed script is hilarious, and it also has a good heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 19, 2005
It's a little long, a lot lowbrow. But The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a stitch. See it if you could use a laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 19, 2005
Steve Carell plays the title character in a charmingly bent comedy about a likable geek's progress from action figures to real action.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 19, 2005
Hilarious and imaginatively crude with a surprising sweet and subtle aftertaste that prevents it from flopping, limp and brainless, into the sugary abyss of romantic predictability.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 19, 2005
The whole film is about embarrassment, about those moments of clammy vulnerability when the world just turns and stares.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
August 19, 2005
If only losing it was so good for everybody.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 19, 2005
Such a well-balanced mix of the gross and crude with the sweet and sympathetic that it transcends its inadequacies in a way that may make even the most suspicious woman let down her guard.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 19, 2005
An undeniably likable quality helps make this smutty, silly late-summer entry more entertaining than many of its more polished counterparts.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 19, 2005
The 40-Year-Old Virgin offers some sparkling insights about the cumulative effects of performance anxiety, about how guys struggle with the transit from boys to men with little help from their pals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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August 19, 2005
The good-natured tone of the film and the wonderful comedic talents of the entire cast -- especially Carell -- make the gross-out moments charmingly relatable.
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
August 19, 2005
The answer is, unequivocally, yes. Yes, Steve Carell can carry a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 19, 2005
[Carell's] touched us for the very first time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
August 19, 2005
Balances gross-out humor with moments of genuine wit and even a little warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 19, 2005
Carell brings something funny, and oddly real to Andy -- a touch of embarrassment, a bit of self-loathing, a genuinely sweet concern.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 19, 2005
Carell and Apatow's script is so hip, funny and -- yes -- innocent that it's never offensive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 19, 2005
At the risk of sounding like a party pooper, The 40-Year-Old Virgin is essentially the joke spelled out in the title stretched out for nearly two hours, with lots and lots of dead spots.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 18, 2005
Filthy, funny and sweet in equal measure.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 18, 2005
The 40-Year-Old Virgin is surprisingly insightful, as buddy comedies go, and it has a good heart and a lovable hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 18, 2005
A nostalgic, sentimental and wholly bawdy comedy that will make you laugh until your sides hurt.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
August 18, 2005
A surprisingly sweet and funny ode to male friendship and middle-aged love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 18, 2005
A bracingly coarse, surprisingly tender movie.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 18, 2005
The 40-Year-old Virgin maintains a deft balancing act, playing raunchy sight gags and rude dialogue against heartfelt moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 18, 2005
An unconscionably funny sex farce that, by its end, turns into a tender and honest romance, an acute portrait of loneliness and, believe it or not, a musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 18, 2005
Those looking for the coarse, sometimes cheap laughs promised by the movie's attention-getting title won't be disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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August 18, 2005
The 40-Year-Old Virgin is too long, too sexist, and too -- shall we say -- flaccid.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 18, 2005
This character-driven comedy, with its excellent cast and let's-get-nutty finale featuring songs from Hair, is well worth your time.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 17, 2005
The 40 Year-Old Virgin is buoyantly clever and amusing, a comedy of horny embarrassment that has the inspiration to present a middle-aged virgin's dilemma as a projection of all our romantic anxieties.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 17, 2005
If you're looking for a successor to There's Something About Mary and American Pie, look no further. It has arrived. And, if I may be so bold, this is more enjoyable than either of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
August 16, 2005
[Continues the trend] whereby ethnic inclusiveness can write a blank check for ethnic stereotyping and the homo-panic jokes are supposed to be on the hetero lunkheads, not on, y'know, the gays.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
August 15, 2005
Crude, sophomorically homophobic but frequently funny.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 15, 2005
Sticking to one joke in an unconscionably long film makes for a very stale, witless and repetitive comedy.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 15, 2005
I think this is one of the summer's biggest, most pleasant surprises.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 11, 2005
A howlingly comic revel in bad taste.
| Original Score: 3/4