• PG-13, 1 hr. 47 min.
  • Comedy, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Shawn Levy
    In Theaters:
    Apr 9, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 10, 2010
  • 20th Century Fox

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Date Night Reviews

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Fey, in particular, seems uncomfortable with the shenanigans.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: D

January 3, 2011
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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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?

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

April 22, 2010
David Denby
New Yorker
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Fey, in particular, finds herself in the situation of a prima ballerina unaccountably dancing with the Rockettes.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

April 12, 2010
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

April 12, 2010
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

April 9, 2010
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

April 9, 2010
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The screenplay, by Josh Klausner, proves that the easy laugh isn't always the best.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

April 9, 2010
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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Carell and Fey really are like Fred and Ginger, so smooth and sure-footed in their comic grace(lessness) and timing.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 9, 2010
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Mr. Carell and Ms. Fey might have been able to pull it off -- if they had only been permitted to try.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

April 9, 2010
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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A very mild recommendation, only because the immensely funny and appealing stars outshine the pedestrian material. Their respective sitcoms are funnier and more sophisticated than this movie.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 3/5

April 9, 2010
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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In the hands of, say, a Greg Kinnear and a Sarah Jessica Parker, the thing could be a disaster. It's not. Not by a long shot.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 9, 2010
Mary Elizabeth Williams
Salon.com
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What comes as a welcome surprise is how Date Night manages to make sport of romantic movie conventions without being mean about them.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

April 9, 2010
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A reasonably amusing way to pass Saturday night with a significant other.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 9, 2010
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Watching Carell and Fey in action, trading quips and dodging gunfire as they attempt to make their way home to white-picket-fence suburbia, makes you wonder why it's taken so long to bring these two gifted comics together.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

April 9, 2010
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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It is diverting, and it gives these two their first chance to work together, yet you can't help but wish that the film functioned on as high a level as its stars do.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 9, 2010
Dana Stevens
Slate
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It gets one crucial element of comic filmmaking right in a way that few recent comedies have. It's cast, down to the smallest role, with genuinely funny performers, people who understand how to time a joke, deliver a setup, underplay a deadpan glance.

Full Review Source: Slate

April 9, 2010
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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Date Night" is not exactly "Scenes From a Marriage," and yet, with Carell and Fey delivering both raucous comedy and real characters, "Date Night" is surprisingly smart, funny and sweet.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 8, 2010
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The movie's stars, Steve Carell and Tina Fey, are exactly what they seem. They're perfect casting in a short, sweet comedy that makes the most of their genial gifts until it loses its sense of proportion.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 8, 2010
Ramin Setoodeh
Newsweek
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In Date Night, Carell is the cake batter that holds up Fey's icing.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

April 8, 2010
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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It's a lively, often astute piece of marital sociology wrapped up in an action frolic involving an extremely average New Jersey couple.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

April 8, 2010
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Here's proof that Tina Fey and Steve Carell could squeeze laughs out of a phone book.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 8, 2010
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Josh Klausner wrote the screenplay, but it really does seem as though some of its funniest lines were ad-libbed. Either that or Klausner deserves credit for tailoring a screenplay so completely to his actors so as to make it seem that they wrote it.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

April 8, 2010
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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This is the rare screwball comedy that is superbly paced, cleverly plotted and hilarious from start to finish.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 8, 2010
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Date Night could have been another The Bounty Hunter -- a DOA movie-star romantic comedy mixed with implausible action/adventure. But instead it's the happiest of surprises: a genuinely sweet, funny movie.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 8, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Carell and Fey ... can telegraph anxiety, humiliation and exasperated affection in a glance. They give the film a boost even Levy can't deflate.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 8, 2010
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Carell and Fey mine the humor of predictable characters acting unpredictably -- and frequently, they strike gold.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

April 8, 2010
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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If Date Night doesn't itself quite justify a date night -- really, do you know what sitters charge these days? -- it'll be a fun rent in six months.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 8, 2010
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Date Night manages to live down to its store-brand title. But it might have worked as a serious comedy about two people trying to resex their marriage and air their mounting grievances.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

April 8, 2010
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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There's something genuine and more than a little sad at the core of Levy's poorly staged, modestly amusing comedy, but it isn't the part that involves flash drives, blackmail, and glowering, gun-toting bad guys.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

April 8, 2010
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Through it all, Carell and Fey are charming and sly.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

April 8, 2010
David Germain
Associated Press
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These are two of the funniest people ever on television, yet their big-screen Date Night is a dreary, uninspired waste of their talents -- and those of the top-name cast inexplicably appearing in small throwaway roles.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

April 8, 2010
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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This shrill caper is more like a blind date between fingernail and chalkboard.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

April 8, 2010
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The action plotting is quick and clean and there are some funny supporting turns.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 8, 2010
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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As dynamic as the duo of Carell and Fey might be, they prove unable to reverse the trend of padded and forgettable action/comedies.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 8, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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As Date Night revels in how danger and near-death experiences can reignite a marriage, it revels equally in how Carell and Fey can make a formulaic movie seem fresh, simply by virtue of their respective comic chops.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 8, 2010
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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You leave the theater satisfied yet strangely displeased. That's what happens when good actors are stranded in a lame movie that is not worthy of their talents.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 8, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A movie like Date Night encourages Hollywood comedy to occasionally dial down, and realize that comedy emerges from characters and situations and can't be manufactured from manic stunts and overkill.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 8, 2010
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Carell and Fey project an intellectual sharpness and an understanding of what's important in life - and what's ridiculous - that are the hallmarks of endearingly sane adults capable of sustaining both a hot career and a warm marriage-with-children.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

April 7, 2010
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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There is some funny stuff here, particularly the asides between Carell and Fey, who have a comfortable chemistry. You can certainly believe that they're a harried married couple.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

April 7, 2010
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Fey is almost perfectly paired with Steve Carell as bored, married New Jerseyites Claire and Phil: The way they trade quips and cast snide aspersions at strangers, the actors seem totally believable...

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

April 7, 2010
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Steve Carell and Tina Fey make a terrific comic pairing in this entertaining if overly familiar comic thriller.

April 6, 2010
Lael Loewenstein
Variety
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A romantic comedy with action, edge and genuine chemistry between its leads, Date Night scores a home run.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 6, 2010
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