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Away We Go (2009)


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 173
Fresh: 116
Rotten: 57

Critics 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.

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 20
Rotten: 18

Critics 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.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 58,878


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.

R (for language and some sexual matters)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Vendela Vida , Dave Eggers
In Theaters:
Sep 29, 2009
Box Office:
Focus Features - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Away We Go

All Critics (176) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (116) | Rotten (57) | DVD (9)

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

Terrific performances make this tender if slight little film worth the trip.

June 26, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Away We Go makes a nice metaphor for a rootless, self-involved culture of parents trying to get it right and getting all the wrong advice as they do.

Full Review… | June 24, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Rudolph lends depth and complexity to this otherwise facile story.

Full Review… | June 18, 2009
Top Critic

You may very well enjoy Away We Go more than I did. But rest assured that you will never love this movie as much as it loves itself.

Full Review… | June 16, 2009
The New Republic
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

Nails the melancholy state of being both unsure about living in this world and essentially hopeful about it.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009

Despite his reputation as a visually stylish director, Sam Mendes has taken a very low-key approach to Away We Go and by doing so has made his best film since American Beauty.

Full Review… | December 13, 2009
Cinema Autopsy

Sam Mendes' Away We Go is two thirds of a good film. Many good laughs. A decent concept. No follow through.

Full Review… | December 9, 2009

Mendes paints in broad strokes, but in this case he seems little more than an interpreter of his screenwriters' obsession with innocence.

Full Review… | December 9, 2009
The Age (Australia)

An unconvincing premise is turned into a must-see heartwarming romantic comedy.

Full Review… | December 9, 2009
FILMINK (Australia)

Away We Go is merely a bemused sigh of relief. It is not the most memorable film of recent times, but does little wrong as it goes about its business.

Full Review… | December 9, 2009
Herald Sun (Australia)

This story of a couple searching for connection and finding in the main grotesques, should be a touch more charming that it actually is. A hint of smugness mars the tone of the film.

Full Review… | December 7, 2009
At the Movies (Australia)

It's the sincerity of the performances by Krasinski and Rudolph that makes you want to see how the journey will end for the couple they play.

Full Review… | December 7, 2009
Courier Mail (Australia)

The fact that director Sam Mendes always gives off the impression that he's oh-so-much-smarter than his characters doesn't help.

Full Review… | December 7, 2009
Triple J

The film is a bit too sentimental and rather flat, despite some amusing scenes

Full Review… | November 28, 2009
Urban Cinefile

Parenthood, relationships and belonging are the themes of this occasionally endearing road movie on which acclaimed director Sam Mendes puts his stamp.

Full Review… | November 28, 2009
Urban Cinefile

Krasinski and Rudolph have nothing to play. They are a stand-in for the audience in the same way that Styrofoam peanuts protect the contents of your package; lifeless, breakable, malleable, and totally unrelated to what they are assigned to protect.

Full Review… | November 9, 2009

The good acting provides an example of what might make this kind of formula work, but it's quite an uphill battle when one can see the scripted situations acting as comic fallbacks.

Full Review… | October 4, 2009
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The result of this odd mix of elements is a film that is both genuinely funny and moving.

Full Review… | October 1, 2009
Laramie Movie Scope

It's hard to warm to a film so determined to ridicule, even when it steadies out in the final act as they find more centered and emotionally generous folks...

Full Review… | September 28, 2009

Audience Reviews for Away We Go


No, I didn't like American Beauty or Road to Perdition. Mainly because American Beauty was totally over-hyped, I couldn't relate to any of the characters and I believe it only did well because there wasn't much competition in the cinemas at the time. I didn't like Road to Perdition because it was a poor adaptation of one of my favourite comics and I'm a purist. I quite like everything else Sam Mendes has done though (apart from breaking poor Kate Winslet's heart that is). Away We Go is his best so far. I loved the relationship between Burt (John Krasinski) and Verona (Maya Rudolph), I love the way they ask themselves at the age of 34 "Are we F**k ups?". Been there! Both are trying to find themselves in amongst their home, family and friends and each other which will sound pathetic to anyone of a younger age but just you wait, one day you will realise that a lot of your friends are actually selfish idiots with right-wing tendencies and you wont see it coming (that's my story anyway). Families can be equally rubbish when you least expect. The characters in Away we Go are exaggerated but then we all know that one couple that you wouldn't believe if you were told about by someone else. What I really liked is that they worked out everything together, there was none of the cliched 'Break up, have sex with someone else, apologies, declare undying love after all, forgive, get married instantly, etc etc' nonsense. It's a real love story, not the usual Hollywood rubbish that is fantastical and usually pretty far from real life. I'm not saying Away we Go is a work of realism but it has all the charm and beauty that a loving relationship can have and it's nice to see that in film for a change. I loved it.

Anthony Lawrie

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


Not your usual slice-of-life fare, Away We Go is an honest, genuinely-felt and genuinely funny film about a moment in which the world opens up, and any decision can be made, with the catch being that the decision regards where to raise one's child. There are parts that will make you laugh out loud and others that may just break your heart as you follow the young lovers around America (and briefly, into Canada!) on their search for the perfect home. Ably acted - almost underplayed - by both Rudolph, whose character stands firm in her rejection of marriage, and Krasinski, well-cast as the latent romantic, the movie's a little squishy around its edges, but it's very easy to feel these characters, and to enjoy the varied characters - bit parts for great actors - they visit along the way. Well worth seeing once.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Away We Go Quotes

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.
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?
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 (3 years ago)
What's wrong with a stroller?
I LOVE my babies. Why would I want to PUSH them away from me?
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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