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Dinner for Schmucks (2010)


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 185
Fresh: 78
Rotten: 107

Critics Consensus: It doesn't honor its source material -- or its immensely likable leads -- as well as it should, but Dinner for Schmucks offers fitfully nourishing comedy.

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 18
Rotten: 23

Critics Consensus: It doesn't honor its source material -- or its immensely likable leads -- as well as it should, but Dinner for Schmucks offers fitfully nourishing comedy.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 118,643


Movie Info

An ambitious executive accepts an invitation from his boss to attend a dinner party where high-powered professionals make fun of unsuspecting dimwits in this remake of Francis Veber's 1998 comedy The Dinner Game. Upwardly mobile executive Tim (Paul Rudd) has just landed his company an extremely wealthy Swiss client when his boss, Lance (Bruce Greenwood), invites him to an exclusive, yet unusually mean-spirited dinner party where each of the high-powered executives brings a guest to make fun of. … More

PG-13 (for sequences of crude and sexual content, some partial nudity and language)
Directed By:
Written By:
Andy Borowitz , Ken Daurio , David Guion , Jon Vitti
In Theaters:
Jan 4, 2011
Box Office:
Paramount Studios - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Dinner for Schmucks

All Critics (188) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (78) | Rotten (107) | DVD (10)

You know you're in trouble when the best thing in your movie is a bunch of dead rodents.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

A decent cast wrestle with a crummy script in this loose and creaky Hollywood spin on Le Dîner de Cons...

Full Review… | September 1, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

The movie has a slew of goofball moments that don't add up to a consistently hilarious outing.

Full Review… | August 2, 2010
Denver Post
Top Critic

With moments of fitful hilarity, the pairing of Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and a talented cast of secondary actors, there's plenty here to keep summer comedy fans satiated, if not entirely satisfied.

Full Review… | July 30, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Pure, tasteless slapstick silliness with little on its mind beyond cheap yuks.

Full Review… | July 30, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

Dinner for Schmucks may be as broad as the proverbial groaning board, but Rudd and Carell bring out its most toothsome delights.

Full Review… | July 30, 2010
Washington Post
Top Critic

Dinner For Schmucks seems promising at first but too many plot points feel forced and the humor is too dumb to enjoy.

Full Review… | November 9, 2013
We Got This Covered

The actors have been placed in a story that is not inherently funny, and they do what they can to muscle it, through their not inconsiderable talents, into working. It doesn't, and you can see the sweat.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Don't believe the misleading trailers. There's more to laugh at than they would have you believe.

Full Review… | September 23, 2012

The real schmucks are the people responsible for this movie.

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

The movie suffers by stifling the [Rudd's] natural comic ability and no one comes away from it fully satisfied.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Occasionally quite funny, and oddly relevant to the nature of our culture, but this dinner is a little underwhelming.

Full Review… | January 16, 2011

A mediocre sitcom serving up a half-baked, TV dinner. Check please!

Full Review… | January 7, 2011

While it has a few humorous moments, the characters are either so bizarre or so stereotyped and the tone so changeable, it's hard to like the movie as a whole.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Movie Metropolis

Not quite the four star comedic meal it promises at the outset, Dinner for Schmucks makes for a tasty repast, nonetheless.

Full Review… | November 3, 2010
Knight at the Movies

Should anyone ever be unfortunate enough to break bread with their characters in Dinner For Schmucks, you'd likely commit seppuku with your butter knife before the entrées had even been cleared from the table.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010

There's a little more going on in it than you might expect from a summer comedy starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd.

Full Review… | October 19, 2010

Dinner for Schmucks might start out as an exercise in laughing at idiots but it turns into something much more rewarding.

Full Review… | October 9, 2010
The Mercury

Provides a great showcase for Carell's brand of deadpan nuttiness.

Full Review… | October 6, 2010

The film fails to hold together as the portrait of an unlikely friendship, and the individual moments of brilliance feel like skits in a disjointed whole.

Full Review… | October 1, 2010
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Whenever Clement is on screen with Carell and Rudd Schmucks is rude and funny. The trouble is, the rest of the movie should be like that too.

Full Review… | September 30, 2010

It cost around $70 million, according to the Los Angeles Times, which is about $5 million per laugh if I'm generous.

Full Review… | September 30, 2010
Sydney Morning Herald

Dinner for Schmucks belongs to that mangy breed of American comedy that confuses situations that are genuinely funny for situations that are agonisingly awkward.

Full Review… | September 29, 2010

When scene after scene falls flat, and the film seems a lot longer than it actually is, you know that this is a comedy that just isn't working.

Full Review… | September 29, 2010
At the Movies (Australia)

As the film hits the one-hour mark, it dawns on you this is not coming together as a cohesive comic experience.

Full Review… | September 29, 2010
Herald Sun (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Dinner for Schmucks

I would argue that Dinner for Schmucks is just that little bit better than Le dinner de Cons. It is silly and a little formulaic in places but it succeeds in the fact that it has a very capable and very funny cast. Paul Rudd is the straight man, again, but he is quite good at it, I find it odd that people consider him a comedy actor because he isn't funny and that's not his role. Steve Carell is pretty dependable, his character has little back-story and is just odd for the sake of it which I think was a wise decision, he didn't need reasoning behind his madness, it's just best that he's just like that. Jemaine Clement, David Walliams, Lucy Punch and Chris O'Dowd are the best of the support, between them producing enough laughs for the film to be quite an easy and enjoyable watch. I loved the Mice too.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

20/12/2012 (DVD)

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

"Dinner For Schmucks" gives the feeling of an average over-the-top comedy, but it's the exact opposite when following through on this film. Steve Carell plays a very odd character who is always there to make a sad moment funny. While Paul Rudd is being invaded with problem after problem, the movie unravels it's soft heart, before jumping back into it's hilarious comedic style. The jokes fly minute by minute and the characters grow in every scene; However, the film takes too much time to get to the point, and I actually almost forgot about the dinner altogether by the end. Dinner for Schmucks has laughter, heart, and packs a pretty big punch in the acting category, but falls flat on originality. "Dinner for Schmucks" is a pretty funny comedy, but that's it!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Huge misfire!!! bad result in my eyes as this film really is terribly disappointing. There is hardly any funny stuff anywhere! unless you count Carell screaming like an infant at times to be funny?. Apart from a few nice lines here and there and one dinner scene with Carell, Rudd and 'Little Britain's' David Williams which is quite amusing but not hilarious that's it really. The plot is pretty thin, the characters are just dull, you just don't really care about any of them, the ending is dumb and childish and Carell's character is actually rather annoying.

Another poor film from Carell who really should stick to TV, I wanted to like this I really did, had high hopes for the 'Dumb n Dumber' type script but alas it falls well short and like the recent 'Grown Ups' is a total wasted opportunity.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Dinner for Schmucks Quotes

In the words of John Lennon, 'You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not.'
The only one.
– Submitted by Typhon Q (2 years ago)
BARRY. Tell us why your wife left you.
Barry Speck:
Louder, Barry.
Barry Speck:
I lost her clitoris.
You lost her what?
Barry Speck:
I told her it was probably in her purse...
No, Barry, do you know what a clitoris is?
Barry Speck:
I don't know what half the stuff in her purse is.
– Submitted by Kyler C (2 years ago)
You tell your friend Tim, he can, uhm, you tell him he can kiss my ass.
Oh, don't have to we have a picture.
– Submitted by Ben C (2 years ago)
I have a bunch of singles left from your sisters birthday Cinnamon a family name?
– Submitted by Zoran V (2 years ago)
Wanna lick cheese off of my naked body?
Oh, I'm sure Tim has plates.
– Submitted by Geraldo R (2 years ago)
As a wise man once said 'You may say i'm a dreamer but i'm not'.
'The only one.'
Well that's the lyric 'You may say i'm a dreamer, but i'm not the only one'
[sarcastically] Okay Tim, whatever you say!
– Submitted by Daniel R (2 years ago)

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