For a Good Time, Call... Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
October 30, 2012
Watching [Travis] add his kitschy touch to such a witless, faux-edgy movie can only be described as a Travis-ty.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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.
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September 12, 2012
A fun, healthy, sexy comedy that pulls no punches and focuses on a realistic female friendship and the powerful dynamic that sexuality plays in our lives.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 7, 2012
The film is worth seeing for the humor and for its high level of energy, but it falls short of being the "complete package."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 7, 2012
Is it one for the ages? No. Is it a good time? Good enough.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 6, 2012
The film (a) is not recommended for the prudish and (b) does not live up to its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 6, 2012
The film is a wobbly attempt to follow in the stilettos of "Bridesmaids," but its tissue-sharp punch lines and undernourished characters fall woefully short.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
September 6, 2012
This hot-pink and leopard-print take on a familiar formula is so energetic and self-assured that it powers past its predictability.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 6, 2012
For a good time, don't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 3, 2012
The confusion in For a Good Time, Call... is delightful, the phone-sex talk sweetening the vibe.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 1, 2012
It's the movie's affectionate portrait of female friendship, along with Miller and Graynor's loose, playful performances, that make this whole imperfect soufflé rise as high as it does.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 31, 2012
Unfortunately nothing here is very good.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
August 31, 2012
It's a showcase for writing that doesn't dazzle and a story of self-discovery that reveals no new insights.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
August 31, 2012
Boasts almost the same degree of intellectual heft, moral nuance and philosophical rigour as a sitcom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
August 31, 2012
Travis, making his feature debut, gets very likable performances out of his female stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 30, 2012
In a rare instance of truth in advertising, this movie actually is a good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 30, 2012
[It] doesn't aspire to be more than a broad, sloppy, old-fashioned sitcom with a sexy gimmick. But it is quite funny, and at the screening I attended, the loudest laughs came from young women in the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 30, 2012
It feels like a movie you've seen already - and it was better the first time around.
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?
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 30, 2012
Just like the erotic fantasies that the film's leads peddle, you don't have to buy into the central conceit to enjoy yourself.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 30, 2012
When it tires of the familiar setup and character dynamic, it delivers a minor surprise that makes both these women more interesting and complicated than they were a scene ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
August 30, 2012
Despite some earnest laughs and a sincere heart, Call can't seem to rise above its TV sitcom styling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 30, 2012
The most adorably filthy movie you may ever see, "For a Good Time, Call..." marks a promising feature debut for acclaimed short-film director Jamie Travis and writers Katie Anne Naylon and Lauren Miller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
August 30, 2012
[A] witty comic romp that isn't afraid to show its heart along with its naughty bits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 30, 2012
Travis keeps things moving so briskly, you find yourself not minding how by-the-numbers the story is. And then within that by-the-numbers story, there end up being enough surprises and subversive twists that you find yourself unexpectedly charmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
August 30, 2012
While the perky vulgarity is sometimes overwhelming, For A Good Time scores points by treating sex frankly, with playful mock coyness or none at all.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 29, 2012
It's Ari Graynor's movie - she's like Kate Hudson possessed by the spirit of Bette Midler. And all the better off for it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
August 28, 2012
After establishing a sort of Odd Couple-ish character dynamic, the script cleverly subverts it.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
August 27, 2012
... not just smart and sexy -- which, to be honest, is rare enough in filmmaking these days -- but it's also got a great deal of humanity and humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 25, 2012
The notion of a love story that's really about two women becoming friends is gimmicky, I'll grant, but Graynor and Miller are so charming together...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 24, 2012
For a Good Time, Call... doesn't rise much above sitcom level in material or execution, but provides enough laughs and goodwill to be disarmingly entertaining.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
January 24, 2012
Female buddy comedy makes the most of its phone-sex premise.