Away We Go (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

Away We Go (2009)



Critic Consensus: Built on a set of quirks and charms that are as noticeable as they are interchangeable, Away We Go is a sweet but uneven road trip.

Movie Info

This funny and heartfelt film follows the journey of an expectant couple as they travel the U.S. in search of the perfect place to put down roots and raise their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time.more
Rating: R (for language and some sexual matters)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Vendela Vida, Dave Eggers
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 29, 2009
Box Office: $9.4M
Focus Features - Official Site


Josh Hamilton
as Roderick
Finnerty Steeves
as Professor Ruby
Stephanie Kurtzuba
as Performance Mom
Pete Wiggins
as Beckett
Tory Wood
as Carrie
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Critic Reviews for Away We Go

All Critics (175) | Top Critics (40)

That every supporting character is depicted as insufferable or pitiable or both would be bad enough; what's worse is that the couple discover nothing about themselves that wasn't obvious from the opening.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

This movie lives in a bubbleland of its main two characters' heads, who shamble along to and fro, never really engaging the planet or stepping outside themselves in any noteworthy way.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

While the rest of us have been sitting around contentedly with 3-D glasses on our faces, Sam Mendes has been quietly redefining the American family drama.

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
East Bay Express

Really deserved to have a bigger following.

Full Review… | June 26, 2011
7M Pictures

"Away We Go" shared the similarly episodic flutter of familial comedy with "Flirting with Disaster," but evolved to something more than a screwball finish. Ultimately, home represents only all that we can control of the sadness that surrounds us.

Full Review… | September 25, 2010

Delicado, inteligente e sensível como o casal principal, este talvez seja o mais coeso dos trabalhos de Mendes ao substituir seu cinismo e pessimismo habituais por uma visão doce e otimista da natureza humana.

July 19, 2010
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Away We Go

With terrific performances and a wonderful soundtrack, this sweet, sensitive and funny road movie proves to be both heartwarming and sharp as Mendes' previous works - and the whole scene with Maggie Gyllenhaal in Madison is just priceless.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Was never going to be a movie for me - couple in their 30's (she looking way older), discover they are about to become parents and go on a road trip to find a new home to bring up the baby.
I really hated the portal of the parents as selfish for moving away to fulfill a life long dream. The couple came across as way more selfish for not being happy for them.
Some of the other women in this were not convincing either. One still breast feeding her toddler (okay, I realise there women who do this, but all the other stuff as well?) and the "perfect" mum who goes pole dancing to deal with her sadness over miscarriage.
The guy dresses like a dork all the way through this and looks about 20. The vagina line made me cringe too, plus the opening scene. Just two people you don't want to think of in that context!
It has its nice moments, it's not all horrible, and I'm glad I got to see it, but it's certainly not a movie I ever want to see again.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Sam Mendes' 'Away We Go' is a new, refreshing step for the director that is very welcome. He and his actors create a perfect sense of pathos and charm that captures the viewer. John Krasinski exudes quirk and carries most of the comedic work in the film, while Maya Rudolph seems to perfectly ground his eccentric character. Both are the reason this romantic comedy exceeds all expectations.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

Away We Go Quotes

Burt: Do you promise to let our daughter be fat or skinny or any weight at all? Because we want her to be happy, no matter what. Being obsessed with weight is just too cliché for our daughter.
Verona: Yes, I do. Do you promise, when she talks, you'll listen? Like, really listen, especially when she's scared? And that her fights will be your fights?
Burt: I do. And do you promise that if I die some embarrassing and boring death that you're gonna tell our daughter that her father was killed by Russian soldiers in this intense hand-to-hand combat in an attempt to save the lives of 850 Chechnyan orphans?
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)
Burt: What's wrong with a stroller?
LN: I LOVE my babies. Why would I want to PUSH them away from me?
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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