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Due Date (2010)


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 185
Fresh: 74
Rotten: 111

Critics Consensus: Shamelessly derivative and only sporadically funny, Due Date doesn't live up to the possibilities suggested by its talented director and marvelously mismatched stars.

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 23

Critics Consensus: Shamelessly derivative and only sporadically funny, Due Date doesn't live up to the possibilities suggested by its talented director and marvelously mismatched stars.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 124,067


Movie Info

Director Todd Phillips re-teams with his break-out Hangover star Zach Galifianakis for this road movie concerning a soon-to-be father (played by Robert Downey Jr.) and his cross-country trip to make it back in time for his baby's birth -- with the only roadblock being the dubious passenger (Galifianakis) who's along for the ride. Michelle Monaghan and Jamie Foxx co-star in the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures production. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

R (for language, drug use and sexual content)
Directed By:
Written By:
Alan R. Cohen , Alan Freedland , Adam Sztykiel , Todd Phillips
In Theaters:
Feb 22, 2011
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Due Date

All Critics (186) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (74) | Rotten (111) | DVD (11)

Downey is not entirely comfortable playing straight man and a little of Galifianakis's antics goes a long way.

Full Review… | January 3, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Films like Get Him to the Greek have already done a far superior job with madcap this year.

Full Review… | November 6, 2010
Top Critic

The most offensive bodily fluid being hurled around in Due Date are the tears that Phillips dishonestly tries to wrest from the audience's eyes.

Full Review… | November 5, 2010
Top Critic

Due Date is funny enough, but it should have been funnier.

Full Review… | November 5, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

Todd Phillips needs to get off the road.

Full Review… | November 5, 2010
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

As in the most useless sitcoms, the laffs depend entirely on someone behaving as ridiculously as possible, in uninteresting ways devised by the dullest minds.

Full Review… | November 5, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

Due Date is absolutely hilarious! Downey Jr. and Galifianakis are perfect together and the film is wildly entertaining.

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

As far as road trip comedies go, this isn't the best one. However, it has plenty of funny parts - even outside of the trailer.

Full Review… | October 14, 2013
7M Pictures

Aims the slow burn of Robert Downey Jr. at the addled idiocy of Zach Galifianakis in a "Hangover" director's version of "Planes, Trains and Automobiles."

Full Review… | January 31, 2013
Movie Nation

"Due Date" begins with a bad dream and eventually feels like one. It's tired and formulaic and offers only a few mild laughs.

Full Review… | January 6, 2013
Big Hollywood

Phillips convolutes the adventure with a bizarre mix of unrealized emotional complexity and over-the-top gross-out humor but most viewers will still enjoy the loony ride.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012

"Due Date" wants to get you attached to its characters, but never finds the emotional resonance to make it happen.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012

... Dramatic moments work better than most of the comedy.

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

Downey and Galifianakis start this year's movie countdown to Christmas ho-ho-ho's with a solid round of rousing ha-ha-ha's.

Full Review… | September 26, 2011
American Profile

It runs out of steam before the end comes into view.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

Some amusing bits punctuate the tone-deaf proceedings like actual bits of chicken in Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup.

Full Review… | May 4, 2011
Projection Booth

Having established that this movie has no good reason to exist beyond extending Zach Galifianaki's recent brand ascendancy, it's as good as you could want a useless entertainment exercise to be.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Peter and Ethan are not people you'd care to have sitting next to you on the shortest of bus trips, let alone a 2,000-mile car journey, but Downey Jr and Galifianakis make Due Date well worth the ride.

Full Review… | March 16, 2011
Movie Talk

How much you'll enjoy Due Date depends more on your esteem for the leads rather than the quality of the screenplay; it is a mess of emotions and situations, working more than not, though tainted by that air of laziness that the entire production invites.

Full Review… | March 1, 2011
What Culture ill-tempered comedy, relying on misfortune and childishness for its humor.

Full Review… | February 15, 2011
Movie Metropolis

A post-9/11 reproductive countdown road movie, Due Date rummages for laughs by pairing two eccentric comic actors together for a long cross-country drive, who should probably never be in the same room together.

Full Review… | February 10, 2011

Due Date manages to deliver the laughs.

Full Review… | February 6, 2011

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review… | December 17, 2010
Movies for the Masses

Remember the John Candy/Steve Martin comedy 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles'? If so, 'Due Date' will bring it back to mind because it's a blend of that film and "The Hangover."

Full Review… | December 14, 2010
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

Sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes depressing, 'Due Date' may be more psych test than comedy...

Full Review… | December 3, 2010
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for Due Date

Zach Galifinakus and Robert Downey Jr work off perfectly hand in hand with the comedy and the whole movie was full of unexpected moments that made it more funny every second of the film

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

This is pretty much Planes, Trains, and Automobiles for a new generation, except this film is quite as funny or well-made. It's not a remake of that film, so much as it is a take on that film's general concept. With this one though, just swap out Thanksgiving for the birth of a child, and take away the trains (well, there are cameos, but that doesn't quite count).

Downey Jr is the straight man, Galifianakis is the obnoxious (big emphasis there) but well meaning (we hope) comic relief, and joining them are a number of nice little cameos, with one of the best being from Juliette Lewis, although Foxx is not bad. I like Michelle Monaghan, but could have used more of her. I feel that way about her career in general, though.

There are some laughs, but I never found this film to really be hilarious. There are some serious, dramatic, and even legitimately touching moments, but overall, tonally this film is inconsistent. PTA was a little mean spirited besides heart warming and hilarious, but it also felt more convincing, and the changes in tone and character were earned. This film doesn't quite get there. It sure tries though.

I think the main thing is that this film had a lot of potential, but, to tie in with the film's plot, it's a bit premature. The script could have been retooled and some of the story elements could have been reworked to get the audience to care just a tad more, and have it stick.

I did like the performances though, because those were decent, although Galifianakis did get on my nerves, which doesn't really ever happen. Maybe I'm just tiring of his shtick. Some of the film's big moments are cool ,but some are maybe just a little too over the top or ludicrous.

All in all, I can't bring myself to give this a mild recommendation, even though I didn't find the viewing experience of it to be unenjoyable. I actually do sort of recommend it though, like mostly if it's on cable or something. Otherwise, it's not really a film that must be seen.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

They have to admit: It's basically a remake of "Trains, planes and automobiles" as two very unlike strangers get thrown together for a road trip through the US. The film can rely on Downey Jr. for being a wonderfully arrogant snob, while Galifianakis is basically just his own, weird self once again. That does create quite a few laughs, while other parts feel as if you've seen them all before (and better). They even tried to add the emotional depth of "T, p and a" by giving the funny character a tragic back story. That only partially works. While the result is entertaining enough, it never manages to reach you on an emotional level like Candy and Martin did 25 years ago. And the laughs were bigger back then, too.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

You get the feeling that these men genuinely despise each other in real life, it wrecks the whole movie.

Joe McCall
Joe McCall

Super Reviewer

Due Date Quotes

Peter Highman:
If you don't like waffles, don't eat waffles!
Ethan Tremblay:
Then don't take me too a waffle house!
– Submitted by Jade C (12 months ago)
Peter Highman:
I despise who you are on a celluar level.
– Submitted by Jade C (12 months ago)
Ethan Tremblay:
I once ate a foot long corn dog on a nude beach.... I'll never do that again.
– Submitted by Jade C (12 months ago)
Peter Highman:
I spat on your dog? I'm sorry but i have no recollection of that!
– Submitted by jade D (21 months ago)
Peter Highman:
I despise who you are on a cellular level.
Ethan Tremblay:
Okay, I've heard that before and I'm trying to work on it.
– Submitted by Maria S (2 years ago)
Ethan Tremblay:
He really enjoyed coffee & in the end he was enjoyed as coffee.. kind of circle of life.
– Submitted by Nikhil P (2 years ago)

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