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Couples Retreat (2009)



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

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
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 33

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.



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"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.



Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Dana Fox

Feb 9, 2010


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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?

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comment (1)
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Expectations of farce are stymied by long stretches of mid-life navel gazing.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

October 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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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.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (2)
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There are also scenes, the disjointed kind that wander off aimlessly in the vague hope of finding a movie, not to mention a laugh.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Couples Retreat is a comedy of exhaustion. But it is the comedy itself, in both concept and execution, that seems tired.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A Tyler Perry movie for white folks.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

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

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
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.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire utterly incompetent comedic affair...

March 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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.

February 10, 2010 Full Review Source: CNNRadio

full review at Movies for the Masses

December 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
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.

December 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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

November 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online | Comment (1)
Nitrate Online

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

October 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
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.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

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

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
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.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
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.

October 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Illinois Times
Illinois Times

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

October 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
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.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: New England Movies Weekly
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.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly
Atlantic City Weekly

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

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
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.
February 17, 2013

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Funny rom com about four couples who go to a tropical island resort only to find themselves in couples therapy! Good cast.
February 7, 2013
Candy Rose

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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.
January 21, 2013

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!
August 12, 2012

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