[Apatow] makes responsibility and commitment funny; no mean feat.
What makes most of Knocked Up work is its ability to squeeze big laughs out of real-world situations.
| Original Score: B+
Knocked Up proves that hit comedy doesn't have to dumb down for its demographic.
| Original Score: 4/5
With sparkling performances from Rogen and Heigl, Apatow once again shows his sharp eye for talent and continuing knack for hits.
The jokes, which are in the absolute poorest taste, remain hilarious, while a newer, deeper humanism, sensed in momentary flashes in the earlier film, is now fully on display.
The movie is a decisive breakthrough for Apatow, whose comic instincts go hand in hand with an unfashionable empathy.
| Original Score: 5/5
It's a hysterical, well acted, and wonderful glimpse at impending parenthood from a man's perspective...
It's a movie with heart and with balls, and it knows when to use each of them.
If Apatow was seeking to make a film that's smutty and funny, but also romantic and realistic about relationships, he's succeeded admirably.
It's the funniest, smartest, goofiest, dirtiest, coolest (and longest -- over two hours, in fact) comedy so far this year.
Knocked Up is possibly the best comedy of the year.
| Original Score: 9/10
A surprisingly sincere look at male-female Mars-Venusness in these 00s. It's funny alright, but not in the way you might think.
| Original Score: 3/4
Apatow's cockeyed Citizen Kane, merging goofball, pothead jokes with a plausible story of unshakable relationship discomfort; a broad mismatch of personalities and body shapes glued together by the cruelty of insemination.
| Original Score: A
Interesting blend of frat-house smarm and emotional incisiveness
The film seethes with misdirected and unrecognized anger.
| Original Score: 2/4
Knocked Up is like a Hallmark Greeting Card with crude verse. It's is an uneasy mix of ethnic humor, slacker humor, and human drama -- some is amusing, some is indulgent, and some is strained.
| Original Score: 2.0/5
[A] very funny Peter Pan-and-Wendy- get-preggers story.
A pleasant enough comedy that doesn't take the "gross out" too far and presents a complex, if egotistical view of pregnancy and responsibility.
Apatow simply knows funny when he sees it, and he gives his actors' ample opportunity to plumb all possible comic depths.
Knocked Up really comes alive when it has something to say about the thorny responsibilities -- and unexpected blessings -- of adult relationships.