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Date Night (2010)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 221
Fresh: 148 | Rotten: 73

An uneasy blend of action and comedy, Date Night doesn't quite live up to the talents of its two leads, but Steve Carell and Tina Fey still manage to shine through most of the movie's flaws.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 12

An uneasy blend of action and comedy, Date Night doesn't quite live up to the talents of its two leads, but Steve Carell and Tina Fey still manage to shine through most of the movie's flaws.



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This action comedy tells the tale of mild-mannered married couple Phil (Steve Carell) and Claire (Tina Fey), who fear their relationship may be falling into a stale rut. During their weekly date night, they impetuously steal a dinner reservation, which leads to a case of mistaken identity. Turns out the reservation was for a pair of thieves, and now a number of unsavory characters want Phil and Claire killed. If they can survive a wacky life-threatening night, they may just rediscover the


Comedy, Romance

Josh Klausner

Aug 10, 2010


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Fey, in particular, seems uncomfortable with the shenanigans.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comment (1)
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Fey and Carell are better than this, but when the other options in the action-romcom territory include such efforts as The Bounty Hunter, who's complaining?

April 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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Fey, in particular, finds herself in the situation of a prima ballerina unaccountably dancing with the Rockettes.

April 12, 2010 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comment (1)
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In three or four scenes, they get a rhythm going, but the editing is smash-and-bash. Shawn Levy is not a director who honors performers' rhythms.

April 12, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comment (1)
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Tina Fey is really funny. Steve Carell is really funny. Date Night stars Tina Fey and Steve Carell. Ergo, Date Night must be really ... sorry, I wish it worked that way almost as much as the studios do. But no.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comment (1)
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Its slapstick story of a married couple enduring outrageous fortune offers a lot of laughs, a bit of romance and plenty for either sex to relate to.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
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As believable as the story is, it's strange that the filmmakers didn't do more with the talent they had on hand.

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Date Night is only ever moderately funny; partially entertaining; quite exciting. It bears the mark of a cinematic no-mark; a bland director whose cast members deserve way better than him.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Levy knows better to simply stay out of the dynamic duo's way and let them do their proven thing.

April 8, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

... Works as an action-comedy precisely because its characters do not know they are in either a comedy or an action movie.

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Comment (1)
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Ultimately, and thankfully, it's saved by its stars, who carry it all to safety as often as they can.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

Date Night takes two funny people, puts them in unfunny situations, and has them do and say unfunny things.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Comment (1)
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Funny duo packs in the silly sex jokes, plus minor gun play.

December 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

It stumbles along as you're forced to sit through quite a bit of umming and aaahing and a car chase that lasts five minutes too long.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex | Comment (1)

The screenplay never takes any particularly sharp, or even interesting turns. Needless to say, North By Northwest is not in risk of losing its crown as the funniest and most-action packed mistaken-identity caper.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix | Comment (1)

Date Night is the perfect three-star comedy. It's not going to set the world on fire, but you'll wish that the rest of the cookie-cutter rubbish coming out of Hollywood was at least this consistently funny and enjoyable.

August 24, 2010 Full Review Source: The Standard | Comments (6)
The Standard

Thank you, Hangover, for making overly calculated screenplay 101's posing as off-the-cuff works of controlled insanity the norm for mainstream middlebrow comedy.

August 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Comment (1)
Projection Booth

If you don't go into this thinking you're going to be laughing constantly, Date Night is a funny film and a fun time.

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (2)
Movie Metropolis

If you don't go into this thinking you're going to be laughing constantly, Date Night is a funny film and a fun time.

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

This weak-kneed comedy is guilty of many sins.

August 11, 2010 Full Review Source: PopMatters | Comments (2)

full review at Movies for the Masses

July 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comments (4)
Movies for the Masses

The combination of America's two best comedic talents in Steve Carell and Tina Fey makes Date Night a film worth watching.

July 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Matt's Movie Reviews

Date Night succeeds chiefly in making the work that its two stars do on the same major television network seem anything but mainstream.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Movieline | Comment (1)

While the Carell/Fey pairing looks like a winner on paper, Date Night somehow just isn't that funny.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

t's a funny movie and might snatch a few knowing nods from married couples with young children; at the very least, it's a consistently engaging, warmly silly adventure.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Date Night

It got me some laughs so it was worth it. Plus, they're quite charismatic.
October 13, 2013

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It's what happens when Steve Carell and Tina Fey remake Revolutionary Road.
April 22, 2013

Super Reviewer

April 11, 2013
Directors Cat
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Reasonable crime caper comedy which survives simply due to it starring Steve Carell :) there isn't too much to offer here, the plot is pretty basic, the acting is standard and the small 'action' sequences are nothing special or exciting, much like 'Get Smart' its good because of the dialog, awkward facial expressions and situations 'Michael Scott' errr Steve Carell gets into hehe problem is you always expect John Krasinski or Rainn Wilson to pop up whenever you see Carell.

Fun film if your bored, nothing to shout about.
September 7, 2012

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    1. Phil Foster: I have no idea how to respond to that! Eff you!
    2. Taste: Eff me? Eff you!
    3. Phil Foster: Eff you!
    4. Taste: Eff you, man! What are you doin' here?!
    5. Phil Foster: Eff you, mother effer!
    – Submitted by Cody H (2 years ago)
    1. Phil Foster: Zip your face!
    – Submitted by Zaineb T (2 years ago)
    1. Phil Foster: Oh my god he turned it sideways! ITS A KILL SHOT ITS A KILL SHOT!
    – Submitted by Taylor R (2 years ago)
    1. Phil Foster: Will you, for the love of God, put on a shirt?
    – Submitted by Inka T (3 years ago)
    1. Claire Foster: The one night I dress up...
    – Submitted by Inka T (3 years ago)
    1. Claire Foster: We're just a boring couple from New Jersey!
    – Submitted by Inka T (3 years ago)
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