The Change-Up Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
Cynical, tone-deaf junk that has nothing to contribute to the world but smirks and a general dismissive attitude toward human connection and interaction.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Benjo Colautti
We Got This Covered
February 28, 2013
The Change-Up is a comedy that can't find it's proper place in the demographic of anyone by freakishly pushing the boundaries of taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Matt Chapman
Total Film
September 7, 2011
More dumb and crass than clever and filthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Grae Drake
Movies.com
August 12, 2011
Put in the hands of less competent actors, this movie would have been completely skippable. However, since they both hold their own and the jokes are surprisingly biting, it ends up being tolerable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
August 10, 2011
There's just not a lot [here] to get excited about. At best you'll be slightly amused and at worst you'll wish you could swap bodies with someone watching another movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 14, 2011
The gags spell déjà vu and lack any unique imagination, and the ending is the same old, same old happy one - the question is, what's on the guys' journey to reaching it?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
September 5, 2011
Jason Bateman accidentally swallows a mouthful of projectile baby poop... To quote Watchmen, 'If you begin to feel an intense and crushing feeling of terror at the concept, don't be alarmed. That indicates only that you are still sane.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
August 5, 2011
The script values shock over wit so completely that every scene feels too eager for laughs, even with comic actors as likable as Bateman and Reynolds doing the shocking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Teddy Durgin
Screen It!
August 4, 2011
The gross-out gags, potty humor, and raunchy dialogue piled up almost as if all who had a hand in making the movie had no faith in the characters or the actors playing them (Full Content Parental Review also available)
James Croot
Flicks.co.nz
September 14, 2011
Even the most ardent 'adult' comedy fans will emerge feeling slightly dirty and more than just vaguely disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 3, 2011
The filmmakers dial the crude humor way up, but it doesn't make up for the contrived plotting or the moronic characters, and it isn't particularly funny, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
August 5, 2011
...resorts to bathroom humor by literally putting characters on the toilet in a weak attempt to outdo the recent trend in R-rated comedy. And the result is pretty stinky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 14, 2013
Overlong and overly obvious
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
September 21, 2011
Rude, coarse and morally repugnant.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
September 25, 2011
The posters promise a film from the director of Wedding Crashers (David Dobkin) and the writers of The Hangover (Jon Lucas/Scott Moore). Pure rubbish ( ... ) would have been more accurate.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 4, 2011
It has a low opinion of men, a lower opinion of women, and the lowest opinion of the intelligence of its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 3, 2011
It all seems a little tired and, more importantly, not as funny as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 4, 2011
The Change-Up, like so many American movies, feels like the product of sex-phobic 12-year-old boys whose response to the big, bad world is to run back to mommy's leg.
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 4, 2011
A lot of it, in fact, is hacky and repellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 4, 2011
Talented people all, and either prisoners of the studio system, which will do anything it takes to reach an audience, or willing players in a soiled playpen.
Richard Roeper
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012
Leonard Maltin
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012
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