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The Babymakers Reviews

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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Even those with the lowest enjoyment threshold for knuckle-dragging comedies will be hard-pressed to find joy in this impotent misfire from director Jay Chandrasekhar.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 1/5

August 2, 2012
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago

You know Chandrasekhar is half-invested when even a montage of blows to the crotch (with each hit a potential cause of our hero's "lazy sperm") feels completely phoned in.

Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago

August 2, 2012
Molly Eichel
Philadelphia Daily News

"The Babymakers" has a stronger narrative arc than Broken Lizard's previous films, but that doesn't better serve the gross-out sight gags or the flat one-liners.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 1/4

August 2, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Although I am aware sperm is a precious bodily fluid, I don't find it an especially funny one, and when a character spills half of the deposits in a sperm bank and then slips around on the floor like a clown on ice, I'm not laughing.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

August 2, 2012
James Berardinelli
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The sole function served by this motion picture is to illustrate how not to frame jokes in movies.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1/4

August 5, 2012
Alonso Duralde
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The only moments where The Babymakers provides any kind of comic lift come when talented improvisers like Faxon, Heffernan, Chandrasekhar and Aisha Tyler clearly go off-book and noodle their way into something that's actually amusing.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

August 3, 2012
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

A safe, laugh-free exercise that gets to have its fun, such as it is, because it's all in the service of the most conservative notions of domestic normality.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

July 29, 2012
Kirk Honeycutt

A movie to flee from with an agonized shriek.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1

August 2, 2012
Robert Levin

In short, the movie's not funny enough or serious-minded enough to warrant 95 minutes of your time.

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 11, 2012
Alison Willmore
Time Out New York
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Munn has proved on TV that she has solid timing, but she does little here other than look pretty and, when the plot calls for it, outraged.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

July 31, 2012
Todd Gilchrist
The Playlist

Chandrasekhar's first tentative venture towards something slightly more sincere is undermined by his irresistible urge to take the piss out of every sequence that might have been played even remotely seriously

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: C-

March 11, 2012
Laremy Legel
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"The Babymakers" is amazing in its complete lack of comedy, nearly satirical in its rejection of levity and full-on embrace of mediocrity.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D

August 3, 2012
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: C

January 22, 2013
Brian Orndorf

A film of limited effort, slowly sealing off its potential the longer it lingers on lackluster comedy in a manner that's become habitual to Chandrasekhar and his cronies.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D+

August 16, 2012
Cole Smithey

Olivia Munn is fun to look and, but you'd never guess at how talented Paul Schneider really is from the looks of this comic travesty.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D+

July 25, 2012
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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Every so often a movie comes along that's so lame, you can almost make out a "What the hell am I doing here?" thought bubble over an actor's head.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 0.5/4

August 3, 2012
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Crude, mostly unimaginative comedy is meant for adults.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

August 3, 2012
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Wants to appeal to the fan base of Broken Lizard desperately, but also wants to service the audience that loves movies from Garry Marshall or Rob Reiner...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

January 7, 2013
Nathan Ditum
Total Film

A romcom that fumbles for heart in the gutter, and finds only glib gags.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

October 1, 2012
David Jenkins
Little White Lies

It actually gets more stupid the more you think about it.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 1/5

September 27, 2012

San Francisco Chronicle
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January 22, 2013
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