Due Date Reviews

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 24, 2011
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 3, 2011
Downey is not entirely comfortable playing straight man and a little of Galifianakis's antics goes a long way.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
November 6, 2010
Films like Get Him to the Greek have already done a far superior job with madcap this year.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 5, 2010
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.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 5, 2010
Due Date is funny enough, but it should have been funnier.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 5, 2010
Todd Phillips needs to get off the road.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 5, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 5, 2010
Under the nuanced direction of John Hughes, Candy made annoying seem hilarious and his broad girth endearing. As amped up by director Todd Phillips, Galifianakis makes annoying seem annoying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 5, 2010
Phillips seems to have forgotten that bawdy comedy is only deemed "edgy" if it's funny. When the seedy jokes fall flat, the result is crass.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 5, 2010
With "Due Date," director Todd Phillips perfects the particular brand of comic alchemy that made his 2009 comedy "The Hangover" such an unexpectedly huge hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 4, 2010
Is Due Date the new Hangover? It is not. But it has its own rewards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 4, 2010
The basic problem is the script, which is credited to three writers plus the director -- seldom a good sign. Never mind that it's a retread of "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" minus the trains, and minus John Candy.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 4, 2010
It has laughs. Take any scene at random, and it will probably have something mildly funny in it. But the comedy never really takes off because it's phony.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 4, 2010
"Due Date" is pregnant with possibility; it's the delivery that disappoints.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
November 4, 2010
For all its supposed comedy, there's very little joy in Due Date.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 4, 2010
Due Date is a modern change-up on the old screwball comedy formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 4, 2010
Watching Downey's vein-popping discomfiture in the company of Galifianakis is the best and possibly only reason for seeing the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 4, 2010
Those hoping for another "Hangover" may be disappointed by Todd Phillips' punch-drunk followup, which is basically "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" for the road-rage generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 4, 2010
It's Downey's signature sarcasm and distinctive slow burn that make the movie. Galifianakis, in a perm that makes for comic gold, plays an expanded version of his Hangover character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
November 4, 2010
This is a disappointing turn coming from Phillips, particularly since "The Hangover" was such a fresh, bracing brew of black comic fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 4, 2010
For a road movie, "Due Date" generates hardly any momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 4, 2010
"Due Date" is ultimately a long road trip to a predictable ending. Somebody wake up the real Downey and tell him we miss him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 4, 2010
There is something comically symmetrical about Downey as an expectant dad rehearsing fatherhood with the overgrown boy and Galifianakis as the fatherless son who adopts Downey as his surrogate dad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 4, 2010
Mr. Galifianakis is good enough to make you almost forget the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 4, 2010
I didn't believe this movie. Which is not the same as saying I didn't like it -- although, there is that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
November 4, 2010
Due Date is, for all intents and purposes, a Planes, Trains and Automobiles for the post-Jackass age.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
November 4, 2010
Just enough laughs to merit a recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 4, 2010
Directing with more focus -- and eventually, more heart -- than he brought to The Hangover, Todd Phillips smartly lets his leads' chemistry power the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 4, 2010
This odd-couple comedy reunites Galifianakis with Todd Phillips, who directed The Hangover, but don't expect anything like the other movie's novel plotting or wild slapstick.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 4, 2010
The actors are fine: It's their long, arduous trek that lets the movie down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 4, 2010
The movie probably contains enough laughs to satisfy the weekend audience. Where it falls short is in the characters and relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 3, 2010
Due Date should be a disaster, derivative of every road-trip movie you've ever seen. What prevents that are the efforts of the two stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 3, 2010
The unexpected pairing of Galifianakis and Downey is a pleasure -- they're an unlikely duo so off in their chemistry as to be bizarrely on.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
November 3, 2010
There are some decent laughs scattered throughout Due Date, but Phillips can't find a way to make his two leads likeable: they remain obnoxious and ill suited right to the schmaltzy finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 3, 2010
Phillips can still launch a dog-masturbation joke into the stratosphere, but the welcome surprise here is tenderness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 2, 2010
It's got some individual laughs here and there but lacks sufficient story or character development to hold the whole endeavor together.
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
November 2, 2010
Due Date is fast, lazy, and out of control in a manner that's basically commendable.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
October 29, 2010
Todd Phillips' follow-up to the most successful R-rated comedy of all time serves up its share of laughs while not actually providing a terribly enjoyable time because of a queasy undercurrent that never goes away.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
October 29, 2010
So infuriating is Ethan that Due Date very nearly loses us, too, at the outset, but over time, the bearded boor manages to win everyone over, audience included.