Knocked Up Reviews

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Eric Henderson
When Canses Were Classeled
May 10, 2008
Apatow's talent for accurately portraying his generation at their most self-absorbed doesn't quite go as far at justifying the script's patchy, haphazard conflicts at it does toward explaining the film's bloated running time.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 31, 2007
Knocked Up positions itself as this summer's 40 Year Old Virgin. But it's actually this summer's Jersey Girl, a tone-deaf skip down parenthood lane for a generation that grew up on bong hits, blogging and supposedly safe sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 15, 2007
Maybe I'm being a little harsh on this movie, because there are a couple of funny scenes here and there, but they are so outweighed by the ones that bored me silly, they're not the ones that I remember.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Nick Pinkerton
Stop Smiling
September 15, 2007
If Judd Apatow is going to set the gold standard for American screen comedy, it's only natural to start expecting more.
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
May 10, 2008
For all its avowed interest in life -- as in, you know, the biological imperatives of our existence -- its characters seem acquainted only with television.
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
May 31, 2007
Like most of Apatow's work, Knocked Up walks a perilous line between sarcasm and sentimentality, and though it's extremely funny in bursts, the movie flirts once too often with schmaltz before toppling into melodrama in its third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
June 1, 2007
[C]elebrat[es] as charming and inevitable and amusing and sweet what anyone who is that apparently rare specimen -- an actual, genuine grownup -- should be decrying as deplorable.
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
May 31, 2007
Has some sporadic laughs, but Ben and especially his roommates are just too gross to be the kind of charming free spirits Apatow thinks they are.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 31, 2007
It's not that Knocked Up is misogynistic -- if anything, Apatow is uxorious to a fault, scrupulously respectful of chicks and the chick stuff they do. He just doesn't seem to get exactly what that stuff is.
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
June 1, 2007
This film is every man's wet dream. What woman wouldn't want to have a one night stand with a drunken, fat, vulgar, irresponsible, dirty looking slob?
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jim Judy
Screen It!
June 6, 2007
The film simply can't and doesn't live up to the lofty expectations created by its "Virgin" predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
May 31, 2007
Knocked Up is so enamored of Ben and his insouciant charm that it fails to wonder what it must feel like for the girl.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
September 15, 2007
Given that I like everyone involved, it is puzzling to me that I did not enjoy it, but such is life.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
June 1, 2007
Funny? Sometimes. Hilarious? Not so much. It's a druggie comedy that plays like the bloated brother of the crisper and cuter The 40 Year Old Virgin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brandon Judell
Entertainment Asylum
August 3, 2007
There's no doubt director/writer Apatow is supplying a national service by allowing the inept to feel adequate about themselves.
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
April 20, 2007
Though some, including the filmmakers, might find this sort of material smart and real, others might consider it middlebrow and not particularly representative of the complex and interesting people they know, some of whom are even men.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 29, 2007
Another helping of the combination of romantic sweetness and slob comedy that made The 40-Year-Old Virgin such a smash...the raunchiness too often overwhelms the charm.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 1, 2007
It's a very funny 90-minute movie, trapped in a 129-minute movie that has many, many dead spots and unfunny patches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
June 9, 2007
The movie gets a lot of mileage from the boys' bonding over shared fears, frustrations, and yearnings.
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