For a Good Time, Call... Reviews

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Kimber Myers
The Playlist
August 15, 2013
It's a comedy that isn't always funny as it struggles to find the right tone between raunchy and sweet. It celebrates female friendship in a way few movies do, but good intentions don't always make for a good film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rachel Cooke
Observer [UK]
November 4, 2012
Tedious and repellent: avoid.
August 29, 2012
An inexorably laughless affair that would make a potent interrogation tool.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Jess Righthand
Washington Post
August 31, 2012
Could a genuinely good, or genuinely funny, movie ever be made about two girls who operate a phone-sex line?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
September 14, 2012
Unfortunately Travis lacks the comedic skill and humanistic insight to make this anything more than Judd Apatow lite.
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
November 2, 2012
If there's one thing more annoying than the dumb mainstream sex comedy, it's the dumb mainstream sex comedy that has aspirations towards indie funk.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Eddie Harrison
The List
October 9, 2012
[It] sports such a puppy-ish desire to be liked, but for a really good time, you'd be better off just watching Bridesmaids again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Molly Eichel
Philadelphia Daily News
September 6, 2012
A shallow movie with nothing new besides than the exalatation of the bonds of female friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
September 13, 2012
There's a difference between comedy and behavior. For a Good Time, Call... aims for the former but mostly contains the latter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 13, 2012
Consistently tries too hard, one-upping itself with mostly unfunny vulgarity while paying little attention to plot or believable character development.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Devin Faraci
Birth.Movies.Death.
August 31, 2012
A totally forgettable piece of substandard sitcom fluff that will one day be a blip on Ari Graynor's resume.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 3, 2012
The idea that phone sex workers can turn out to be quite different than their disembodied voices imply might be worth exploring by a more earnest, diligent and engaged intelligence than whatever drove this project.
Full Review | Original Score: 73/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 30, 2012
I'm not objecting to the movie on grounds of taste but because it is stupid, vulgar, crass and mercilessly formulaic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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August 30, 2012
Have we really come a long way from chick flicks about women expressing friendship by nursing each other though divorce, cancer and other common losses, to movies in which women can only express love through a windy haze of carnal chatter?
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
August 26, 2012
While the heart of the movie is the at-times strained relationship between the two leads, it all unfolds rather by the numbers, dictated more by the expected arc of such things than the demands of the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Priscilla Eyles
Little White Lies
November 1, 2012
Has emotional authenticity and a decent laugh quotient, but overall enjoyment is marred by general ridiculous and unresolved sub-plots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
September 14, 2012
A phoned-in sex comedy that arrives with all the charm and warmth of a wrong number
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
August 29, 2012
I've had more exciting conversations on the phone with my mother.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
August 31, 2012
Adheres to those familiar, looping patterns of joy, rancor and revelation that everyone, in the age of Final Draft, have come to expect of a standard comic screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
August 31, 2012
A super-light R-rated comedy more in the Doris Day tradition than it's willing to acknowledge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
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