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The Guilt Trip (2012)

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38

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 120
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 75

Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand have enough chemistry to drive a solidly assembled comedy; unfortunately, The Guilt Trip has a lemon of a script and is perilously low on comedic fuel.

45

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 18

Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand have enough chemistry to drive a solidly assembled comedy; unfortunately, The Guilt Trip has a lemon of a script and is perilously low on comedic fuel.

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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Movie Info

An inventor and his mom hit the road together so he can sell his latest invention.

PG-13,

Comedy

Apr 30, 2013

$37.1M

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All Critics (120) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (75)

Andrew [Rogen], who has invented an organic cleaning compound, pitches it to retailers in a succession of meetings across the country that have no grounding in any known reality.

December 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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The Guilt Trip pairs Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand in the hope, no doubt, that sparks will fly. They don't.

December 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Rogen and Streisand are reasonably funny together, though Rogen, always best when he's angry, is crowded into the role of a well-mannered straight man.

December 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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To its detriment, The Guilt Trip opts to work gently on the heart rather than hard on the funny bone.

December 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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A breezy, funny and warm road-trip comedy.

December 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
Richard Roeper.com
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The Guilt Trip is clearly targeted at older audiences less than receptive to the crude jokes that made Seth Rogen famous.

December 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Rogen's deadpan misery meshes well with Streisand's oblivious idiocy, making the laughs roll in.

April 30, 2013 Full Review Source: COED.com
COED.com

On paper, it must have seemed like a solid idea

April 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

Contrived and mostly medicore, but may satisfy Streisand fans

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

It's all kvetch this and kvetch that, with few jokes or amusing encounters ...

March 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

It never quite delivers juggernaut-sized laughs, but the sharp-tongued sparring between the two leads pops and fizzes throughout, with Streisand in particular showing she's still an intuitive and naturalistic comedian.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Streisand has lost little of her gawky, pesky touch in comedy, while Rogen knows just how to be the charmingly daft slob.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Rogen plays the science nerd Andrew, who has just invented an organic cleaning product and is taking a cross-country trip to find a buyer. In a moment of weakness, he invites his meddling mother Joyce (Streisand).

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

Barbra's speed-yapping makes her mollycoddling mum Joyce even more annoying than she is supposed to be.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

What we're left with is a bafflingly dull road movie. Maybe Alexander Payne could have done something with this.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

It is the makers who should feel guilty.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Enjoyable mother-son road movie that swerves the potential potholes of broad or outrageous comedy in favour of an engaging, emotionally convincing and ultimately moving portrait of the central relationship ...

March 6, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

It's been more than fifteen years since Barbra Streisand has taken a lead role in a movie...and after suffering this you can see why.

March 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

There are OK performances but the cast are better than this. Very occasionally it's vaguely amusing, but it's mostly just annoying or cringeworthy.

March 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Think of it as a Sunday drive, easy and breezy, with good company to pass the time.

March 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Despite the odds, both stars strike a few sparks in Anne Fletcher's slight comedy.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

You've seen this film already. That's how predictable it is...the film is surprisingly light on laughs.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Small stakes and consistently tame inclinations mark screenwriter Dan Fogelman's effort, which gives off an ambling vibe that would be more at home in an independent production.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Screendaily
Screendaily

Only comes to life during a Texan steak-eating contest that has Babs ingest a mountain of meat.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Some actors you'd pay to watch read the phonebook; turns out it's worth paying to see Streisand eat a steak.

January 23, 2013 Full Review Source: The Vine
The Vine

Likeable and entertaining, The Guilt Trip isn't quite the blast it could have been, but it uses the tools of commercial filmmaking to give audiences a lift at the end

January 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for The Guilt Trip

A road trip involving a Man and his nagging Jewish Mother. No, I wasn't rushing to the cinema to see this but I caught it on DVD anyway just to see and I'm glad I did. The story sounded rubbish and when a film poster just has 'Hilarious' written on it it generally acts as a warning sign. Indeed, the film isn't 'Hilarious' but it is quite a touching drama, albeit with fleeting moments of humour but a drama at its core. Poor post production and publicity has claimed another victim. No matter how good or bad a film is, if you package it incorrectly people will dismiss it. Funny how that is a lesson taught in the film itself! Doh!
January 9, 2014
SirPant

Super Reviewer

I thought that this movie was sweet....maybe it helps that I have always been a Barbra Streisand fan. Pairing her with Rogen was a good match, and together they manage a touching portrayal of a mother-son relationship. Their road trip together was delightful, and the storyline was enjoyable.
December 28, 2013
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

I was very disappointed in this movie, as the previews were better then the movie, its a shame when you have to show all the comedy in the preview's to draw a sucker like me in to watch the whole movie. I will say that Barbra Streisand still has it after all these years, but a true New Yorker with her New Yorker accent reminded me of my Mother- In- Law. Sorry Barbra you only get 2 stars from me. 7-15-13
August 8, 2013
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Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Not as bad as I thought it would be. It has it's drawn out parts, but makes you understand the mother/son relationship and think about your relationship with your parents.
June 12, 2013
LitelBluHli

Super Reviewer

    1. Joyce Brewster: If all the kids in the world were lined up and I was to pick one kid for myself Andy, it will always be you.
    2. Andy Brewster: I wouldn't let you pick anyone else mom.
    – Submitted by Vikas D N (14 months ago)
    1. Joyce Brewster: Don't you see Andy? It was always you. You're the love of my life baby.
    – Submitted by Bill J (15 months ago)
    1. Joyce Brewster: You ungrateful little shit.
    – Submitted by Melissa C (15 months ago)
    1. Joyce Brewster: Who the hell are you?
    2. Andy Brewster: Mom, you're in the wrong car!
    – Submitted by Andrew O (15 months ago)
    1. Joyce Brewster: You want to drive to drive cross country with me?
    2. Andy Brewster: Yeah! No!
    – Submitted by Chris P (16 months ago)
    1. Joyce Brewster: You know how I can eat!
    – Submitted by Jami M (16 months ago)
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