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This is 40 (2012)


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 206
Fresh: 106
Rotten: 100

Critics Consensus: Judd Apatow definitely delivers funny and perceptive scenes in This is 40, even if they are buried in aimless self-indulgence.

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 24
Rotten: 18

Critics Consensus: Judd Apatow definitely delivers funny and perceptive scenes in This is 40, even if they are buried in aimless self-indulgence.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 94,170


Movie Info

Writer/director/producer Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Funny People) brings audiences This Is 40, an original comedy that expands upon the story of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) from the blockbuster hit Knocked Up as we see first-hand how they are dealing with their current state of life. -- (C) Universal

R (for sexual content, crude humor, pervasive language and some drug material)
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Mar 22, 2013
Box Office:
Universal Studios - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for This is 40

All Critics (221) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (106) | Rotten (100) | DVD (3)

However irritating 'This Is 40' is at times, there's a warmth that wins you over, and an honesty about families.

Full Review… | February 14, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Apparently Apatow's penchant for if-it's-not-broke filmmaking isn't changing anytime soon. And it's a shame, because while This is 40 has plenty of laughs, it lacks decency and heart.

Full Review… | December 21, 2012
Denver Post
Top Critic

The performers are so likable that you stay with them even when, as is often the case, the material is hit-or-miss.

Full Review… | December 21, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Judd Apatow is not a disciplined artist. And that's a good thing.

Full Review… | December 21, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

"This Is 40" tends to be about the self-inflicted problems of spoiled upper-middle class white people. Which can be sort of funny, sure. Sort of.

Full Review… | December 21, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

No one could be as whiny, spoiled, tasteless, combative and reliant on annoying stand-up comedy riffs as the entire cast of this film, the most disappointing one of the year.

Full Review… | December 21, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

If this is what 40 is like, someone needs a reality check.

Full Review… | December 15, 2013
Cinema Sight

You get the impression this should have been called Here Are Some Things That Judd Apatow Is Thinking About Right Now, In No Particular Order.

Full Review… | July 13, 2013

For Apatow to get to the point where Oscar voters start taking notice, he needs to start acting more like he's 40, not 14.

Full Review… | May 13, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

...a collection of demos, obviously inessential but interesting to the cultists.

Full Review… | April 27, 2013
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The most satisfying example yet of why Judd Apatow's become such a formidable comedy brand in recent years.

Full Review… | April 1, 2013

Apatow dips a toe into mature waters, and remembers to bring along the laughs

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Movie Habit

I do not find fault with these characters as I believe they accurately reflect our so-called post-modern times and they deserve to be laughed at.

Full Review… | March 24, 2013

This Is 40 (40 minutes too long, that is) is getting at something, but it doesn't get there by 40 miles-not more than 40 people outside L.A. will understand it. This is not a refinement of the frat-pack comedy as much as a tombstone for a subgenre.

Full Review… | March 19, 2013

Watching This is 40 actually feels like aging, which isn't precisely a draw.

Full Review… | March 18, 2013
Movies With Butter

This is funny?

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
Bloomberg News

This Is 40 is in fact, within its limits, an honest, frank, often painful film about married life, bringing up children, dealing tactfully with difficult parents, getting older without necessarily getting wiser.

Full Review… | February 17, 2013
Observer [UK]

There are laughs, sure, with Brooks' unabashed moocher coming up with many of the film's best lines... but the overall results are distinctly patchy and at 133 minutes, the film is at least half an hour too long.

Full Review… | February 16, 2013
Movie Talk

( ... ) underneath the brashness, there's a tender heart, with the children just being themselves amid adults who are still in love yet in danger of losing their way.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Birmingham Mail

It is, in its quieter way, more pointlessly indulgent than The Matrix Revolutions.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Irish Times

This overlong comedy is so episodic that watching it is exactly like sitting through five episodes of a sitcom back-to-back. It's funny and enjoyable, with characters we enjoy watching, but they continually spiral back to where they started

Full Review… | February 15, 2013

There isn't enough story to float a TV sitcom; it simply consists of people bickering.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Daily Mail [UK]

Even an off-form Apatow is better than most and this entertains.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Sun Online

It's a sitcom, then, with no real story or structure.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
This is London

This is 40 minutes too long.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Daily Express

Every scene feels like an airbrushed composite of dozens of rambling takes, and 133 minutes is drainingly long for a story this sitcom-slight.

Full Review… | February 14, 2013
Daily Telegraph

Audience Reviews for This is 40


Light-hearted parenting sitcom that is entertaining enough albeit cheesy in an American way.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer


uninspiring comedy that keeps you waiting all movie just for a simple giggle!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


I found 'This Is 40' to be a funnier and far more enjoyable film than I had originally expected. One of the film's major highlights are the hysterical and smart performances of Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd as they make a lovely couple who both give plenty of great laughs; whether they're interacting with each other or with other supporting characters. Even Maude and Iris Apatow as the couple's children give those rare yet decent laughs. Ultimately, it's the situations the family are placed in that allow the audience to connect with Paul Rudd and/or Leslie Mann; whether its handling kids, dealing with finance issues, or just general arguments about their marriage. While the film is over 2 hours long, I personally only felt maybe one or two scenes were slightly dragged, but I still enjoyed every moment regardless. Judd Apatow has directed a bundle of films that I've majorly enjoyed, particularly 'The 40 Year Old Virgin'. In this case, 'This Is 40' is one of my most favored comedies to come out in recent years.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer


An Anti-climactic look at what 40 isn't really like. Ok, so I liked the characters Pete and Debbie at first but their persona's never real stick, making the whole film a little hard to relate to or believe. The cameos go from good to bad, Chris O'Dowd being good and Melissa McCarthy being bad (I can't stand the woman). There is also too much ad libbing, I've said it before and no doubt I will say it again but Paul Rudd, as much as I like him, cannot and should not ad lib! John Lithgow and Albert Brooks are old school dependable and really help things but for every joke that makes you laugh there are 3 that don't.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

This is 40 Quotes

You're so mean since your body got weird.
– Submitted by Frances H (55 days ago)
My hard-ons are still in analog. This shit's digital.
– Submitted by Frances H (55 days ago)
Don't think about Lost today. Tomorrow: Lost. All day. I can't wait to hear about it. Jack? No way. Really? Right now, shower.
I don't make fun of your stupid Mad Men.
First of all, I don't get worked up over Mad Men.
That's because Mad Men sucks.
What Don Draper has gone through beats whatever Jack is running from on some island.
A bunch of people smoking in an office, it's stupid.
You're getting me off topic. Please get dressed.
– Submitted by Jean R (2 months ago)
Can I watch Lost?
You can't handle Lost. It's too violent and you won't understand.
If I don't understand it, why can't I handle it?
Because you're eight.
I can handle it. I've seen a shark eat a guy on Shark Week.
Shark Week is fake.
No, it's not.
All of it is reenactments.
I know but they...
That's scary! You shouldn't be allowed to watch that.
...they show the reenactments but they actually happened.
It's going to give you nightmares.
I can handle a nightmare. You're a nightmare every day for me.
– Submitted by Jean R (2 months ago)
I've been flushing as I go.
You're flushing as you go? Who takes a half hour to go to the bathroom?
John Goodman. (Debbie grabs his iPad and leaves) Don't press Enter! I'm not sure I want to make that move!
– Submitted by Jean R (2 months ago)
One...a breeze. Two...brutal. Three...just put a bullet to my head. [views about raising kids]
– Submitted by Olivia B (21 months ago)

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