The Guilt Trip Reviews

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Ben Kenber
We Got This Covered
December 19, 2012
The Guilt Trip is something of a mixed bag. On one hand it has the combined talents of Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand, who work terrifically off of one another, and on the other it's not that different from other road movies we have seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant
December 21, 2012
The Guilt Trip delivers an average but unremarkable comedy offering with enough heart to make up for some missed laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Inkoo Kang
Movieline
December 20, 2012
The film's feel-good message is undermined by its ultimate purpose: As a vindication of the rights of Jewish mothers to annoy their children as much as they please.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
January 15, 2013
The Guilt Trip fundamentally doesn't work because the, 'showbiz royalty,' aura that surrounds Streisand is antithetical to the modest working class mother that she's trying to play.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
December 19, 2012
Mothers and sons deserve an amiable comedy they can share, but this one is faulty long before the requisite freeway breakdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
December 18, 2012
The Guilt Trip may have sounded funnier on paper, but the film doesn't give you a lot to laugh about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 19, 2012
The movie could have been made with random basic-cable actors, and it would have been just as unremarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
December 27, 2012
The jokes are few and far between, and the scenes inside the car lack the imagination and spontaneity a more comically attuned director would otherwise bring.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
March 6, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 19, 2012
[It] doesn't take every predictable detour, but it takes enough that the movie never ceases to feel overly familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
December 19, 2012
There's a reason Rogen's best work in film has been providing voices for animated characters. He only has two looks, a squinchy pained look and a dull confused look.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 21, 2012
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.
Grant Rollings
Sun Online
March 7, 2013
Barbra's speed-yapping makes her mollycoddling mum Joyce even more annoying than she is supposed to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew Barker
Variety
December 17, 2012
A timid, modestly pleasant time-passer distinguished mostly by its unexplored potential.
Jordan Hoffman
ScreenCrush
December 18, 2012
Like a quick lunch at Quiznos, you know exactly what you are getting.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
December 20, 2012
Tame but thoroughly flat The Guilt Trip is a film whose cleverness begins and ends with that title. Call it the mother of all disappointments.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
December 21, 2012
Seeing this movie is like watching two straight men performing an act: Neither one has any jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
December 27, 2012
There are bad movies. There are BAD movies. And then there's The Guilt Trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Matthew Razak
Flixist.com
December 19, 2012
A movie that's only true achievement is that it remains palatable instead of veering off into the "KILL IT BEFORE IT DESTROYS ALL OF FUNNY THINGS!" zone.
Full Review | Original Score: 51/100
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
January 17, 2013
An opportunity for bite is lost in this compelling pairing of Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, whose joint range and capacity is hardly scratched
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