The Babymakers Reviews

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San Francisco Chronicle
January 22, 2013
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 5, 2012
The sole function served by this motion picture is to illustrate how not to frame jokes in movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 3, 2012
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.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
August 3, 2012
"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 | Original Score: D
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
August 3, 2012
When a movie resorts to scenes of a grown man rolling around on a floor slick with spilled semen samples, something plainly has gone wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
August 3, 2012
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 | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 2, 2012
The big disappointment of "The Babymakers" is that it doesn't come close to being worthy of its two stars, Paul Schneider and Olivia Munn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
August 2, 2012
Viewers may suspect the filmmakers have no clue about the actual operation of fertility clinics and sperm banks (the plot depends on some pretty dubious practices, particularly involving donor anonymity), but most will be laughing too hard to care.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
August 2, 2012
Yet another attempt to mix raunchy excess and romantic-comedy sweetness in an anything-goes raucous farce, The Babymakers offers a few big laughs between ho-hum stretches of frenetic vamping.
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
August 2, 2012
Ah, infertility comedies - always such a good time. You remember the way you yukked it up at "Maybe Baby" and "A Smile Like Yours," don't you? Oh, wait, you don't? Exactly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 2, 2012
How does a comedy troupe even get from the frat-humor antics of "Beerfest" to the middle-class suburbanality of "Babymakers"?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
August 2, 2012
Delivered with sloppy, gleeful confidence, the movie is smarter than most gross-out comedies but isn't afraid to inspire an "Ewww."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
August 2, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 2, 2012
It's raunchy/sweet in the American Pie/40-Year-Old Virgin tradition, and as dynamic as a glob of lazy sperm.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 2, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 1, 2012
Munn, sexy and spirited, plays Audrey as a woman without much patience for arrested-male shenanigans. You may end up feeling the same way.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
August 1, 2012
...this is one of the most technically inept movies I've seen in quite some time...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
August 1, 2012
An increasingly incredulously plotted series of embarrassments about the wounded masculinity of a low sperm count.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Alison Willmore
Time Out
July 31, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
July 31, 2012
Its 95 minutes feel like a trimester...