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Couples Retreat (2009)


Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 157
Fresh: 17
Rotten: 140

Critics Consensus: Despite a talented cast and some reliably pleasant interplay between Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, Couples Retreat leaves viewers stranded in an arid, mirthless comedy.

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 33

Critics Consensus: Despite a talented cast and some reliably pleasant interplay between Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, Couples Retreat leaves viewers stranded in an arid, mirthless comedy.


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 292,936


Movie Info

"Couples Retreat" follows four Midwestern couples who embark on a journey to a tropical island resort. While one of the couples is there to work on their marriage, the other three set out to jet ski, spa and enjoy some fun in the sun. They soon discover that participation in the resort's couple's therapy is not optional. Suddenly, their group-rate vacation comes at a price. What follows is a hilarious look at real world problems faced by all couples.

PG-13 (for sexual content and language)
Directed By:
Written By:
Jon Favreau , Vince Vaughn , Dana Fox
In Theaters:
Feb 9, 2010
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Couples Retreat

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (140) | DVD (7)

Why couldn't Couples Retreat have been lighthearted and zany throughout, instead of trying to push across a message about picket-fence monogamy?

Full Review… | October 16, 2009
Washington Post
Top Critic

Expectations of farce are stymied by long stretches of mid-life navel gazing.

Full Review… | October 16, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

It's too easy to say that Peter Billingsley shot his eye out with this inept comic trifle, but...well, he shot his eye out.

Full Review… | October 14, 2009
Time Out New York
Top Critic

This is one of those films, like last week's Whip It and so many others of late, that looks like it was a lot fun to make. It's just not all that much fun to watch.

Full Review… | October 9, 2009
Detroit News
Top Critic

There are also scenes, the disjointed kind that wander off aimlessly in the vague hope of finding a movie, not to mention a laugh.

Full Review… | October 9, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Couples Retreat is a comedy of exhaustion. But it is the comedy itself, in both concept and execution, that seems tired.

Full Review… | October 9, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

A Tyler Perry movie for white folks.

Full Review… | March 4, 2011

Although co-written by Vince Vaughn & Jon Favreau, their magic of past is scantly seen.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Couples Retreat is a lazy, unimaginative comedy that, with the talent on show, should have been a whole lot more than another boring rom-com to throw on the pile.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Fan The Fire utterly incompetent comedic affair...

Full Review… | March 14, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

A bit of a guilty pleasure. But, most of the humor falls flat. Interesting that it's a Vince Vaughn vehicle that doesn't give Vaughn enough to do. Paul Chambers, CNN.

Full Review… | February 10, 2010

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review… | December 10, 2009
Movies for the Masses

Instead of being a sharp, witty comedy about married couples experiencing vacation therapy together, it's more of a pinheads-in-paradise routine with only a few funny lines.

Full Review… | December 2, 2009
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

It's some kind of trick when a film can make Jason Bateman look unsubtle.

Full Review… | November 19, 2009
Nitrate Online

Somewhere in all of this, there is the potential for a pretty good comedy, but this movie isn't it.

Full Review… | October 31, 2009
Christianity Today

The vapid couples become sniping or sarcastic chunks of white blandness even sharks would spit back up. A kind of bad video-game romance-comedy: 2D characters, flat dialogue, an exotic backdrop, and lame new levels of relationship challenges.

Full Review… | October 23, 2009
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Couples is so formulaic, so fake and relentlessly bland, it's hard to care if any of these pairings get a divorce, drown or are eaten by sharks. It has neither the ring of truth nor the fun of fantasy.

Full Review… | October 20, 2009
Times [UK]

Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, wrote the witless script, so have only themselves to blame.

Full Review… | October 20, 2009
Observer [UK]

The debutant director is done no favours by a screenplay from Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau which gives him little to play with and them few chances to shine as actors.

Full Review… | October 20, 2009
This is London

A patchwork collection of derivative gags and relationship drama that seems leftover from old 'thirtysomething' episodes.

October 19, 2009
The Trend

Retreat as quickly as possible.

Full Review… | October 19, 2009
Illinois Times

For all its visual splendor, to say nothing of its likable cast, the movie never feels as liberating as its locale.

Full Review… | October 17, 2009
Creative Loafing

Couples Retreat comes across as a movie that was made... because it was felt that if the right buttons were pushed, this might make money.

Full Review… | October 16, 2009
New England Movies Weekly

That the wonderful French actor Jean Reno plays the therapist is a sign that his agent is not doing a good enough job finding him film roles in American movies.

Full Review… | October 16, 2009
Atlantic City Weekly

This couples-in-conflict comedy starts strongly but then slips into the turquoise water of paradise lost.

Full Review… | October 16, 2009
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Audience Reviews for Couples Retreat

Cheap, unfunny jokes abound in this purported comedy about trying to maintain (cough) healthy (cough, cough) normal relationships. The plot is a nightmare: stick the characters in an environment that they can't leave, then let the film go nowhere for about 90 minutes before tacking on a "but we'll all be O.K. now" ending. Vapid, pointless movie: no romance, and no comedy (though this isn't shocking in Romantic Comedies anymore), and worse, no stakes, nothing to invest in and no characters to get behind. Mailed in, from beginning to end. Don't watch this.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


Funny rom com about four couples who go to a tropical island resort only to find themselves in couples therapy! Good cast.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Lethargic and lazy comedy. It's like the producers have just thrown big name 'funny people' at it to kid people that it's funny, instead of actually writing a funny script/character/story. Who wrote and produced it? Why the main stars Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn did, instantly making it even more of a crime. The only highlights are Peter Serafinowicz who quite frankly should be doing better and the unfortunately named Carlos Ponce who plays an over used character better than most.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

No where as near as funny as I had hoped for considering the cast line up. A few funny moments but not enough, I ended up appreciating the beautiful scenery of Bora Bora about half way through, more than the jokes!

Dean !

Super Reviewer

Couples Retreat Quotes

I'm gonna be the biggest ass you have ever seen.
– Submitted by Hanna K (3 years ago)
Please don't pee in that, it's not a real toilet.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
Take the French out of your mouth and tell me what to do.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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