• R, 2 hr. 14 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Judd Apatow
    In Theaters:
    Dec 21, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 22, 2013
  • Universal Studios

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This is 40 Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

February 14, 2013

Toronto Star
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January 22, 2013
Ricardo Baca
Denver Post
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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 Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 21, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

December 21, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Judd Apatow is not a disciplined artist. And that's a good thing.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 21, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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"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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

December 21, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 21, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Overlong, unnecessarily sex-obsessed and downright nasty at times, "This Is 40" feels haphazard and unfinished, despite a few moments of laugh-out-loud humor.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

December 21, 2012
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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At times "This is 40" is brutally funny and brutally honest. Just as often, it's painfully shrill and unpleasant.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 2/5

December 20, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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The film has as much to say about family dynamics as a couple's wavering love.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 20, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The real problem with "This Is 40" is its lack of truth, that Apatow wanted to express something about married life, and it eluded him.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

December 20, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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There are moments of perception and sweetness, as per usual with Apatow movies. It's just too bad the movie's trajectory is formless and jokes built around petty marital resentments sometimes fall flat.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 20, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's not so much a movie as a loose collection of mostly funny conversations; and maybe, for the holidays, laughter is almost gift enough.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 20, 2012
Scott Tobias
NPR
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With This Is 40, Apatow turns his audience into fitfully chuckling therapists, dealing with a raft of problems that aren't entirely sorted out.

Full Review Source: NPR

December 20, 2012
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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The bawdy wit and crisp dialogue that were the hallmark of Apatow's Knocked Up are still present, but the conflicts feel so cushy that one gets the impression that the filmmaker is losing touch with life as it is lived outside of Brentwood.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

December 20, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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There's a funny movie scratching at the edges of "This is 40."

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

December 20, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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"This Is 40" is a bull's-eye zeitgeist comedy, a movie in which everyone acts like real people but funnier.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

December 20, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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This Is 40 is messy. But see it for its honest insights, its laughs, and for the terror Mann's character, as a mom defending her emotionally wounded daughter, rains down on a toothy school kid who's been sending unflattering texts.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

December 20, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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There are a lot of loose ends and a few forced conclusions. But, then again, the acceptance of imperfection is Mr. Apatow's theme, so a degree of sloppiness is to be expected. That's life.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 20, 2012
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This is too much like a $35-million smart phone filled with kids' pictures.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 20, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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I hate to say it, but if Judd Apatow wants to be a seriously funny filmmaker, he may have to leave home.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe

December 20, 2012
Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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There are few laugh-out-loud scenes. Yet maybe that's the point. That life isn't about the grand gesture but the little day-to-day details that keep us grounded and human.

Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 20, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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We aren't used to comedies that make us squirm like this. That doesn't mean they aren't worth our time. This Is 40 is.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

December 20, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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After copping out in "Funny People," Apatow still hasn't set the table for a meaty drama, but making us laugh is a piece of cake.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

December 20, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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"This Is 40" turns out to be an opportunity squandered.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

December 20, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Apatow does a good job of charting the uncertain waters of marriage - the tears, the arguments, the moments of clandestine sex interrupted by children, and the love and affection that are often masked by more immediate frustrations.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

December 20, 2012
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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This is 40 is crude and dull, with a supporting cast that reminds you how utterly uninteresting the main characters are.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 20, 2012
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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As the movie goes on, the laughs are fewer and farther between, and for the last 30 minutes, not only did I not laugh, I wanted it to end so I could get back to my own boring but less precious life.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 20, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The movie frequently shifts from comic to dramatic and back again, true to Apatow's whiplash style but also true to life.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

December 20, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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More like "This Is Whiny."

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 20, 2012
Noel Murray
AV Club
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It's 134 minutes long, and substitutes loosely related situations for plot. But a few broadly comic moments aside, This Is 40 also captures the rhythms and concerns of real life in ways that slicker Hollywood comedies don't.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

December 20, 2012
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Mixing topicality and improv, Apatow rescued big-screen comedy from its lengthy wallow in the trough of dumb-and-dumber -- we have good reason to thank the guy. Until now.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 19, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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It's the feel-bad comedy of the holiday season - and that's what makes it good.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3/4

December 19, 2012
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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'This Is 40' isn't without flaws, it moves along nicely, and while it doesn't boast ... it does manage to be very consistently funny in a way that makes dramatic sense.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 19, 2012
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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Much like marriage, This Is 40 is somewhat formless, and it almost never hurries up. But life is improved by having the option.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 18, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Judd Apatow makes comedies that count. This Is 40 doesn't build to a catharsis. Yet Pete and Debbie's sparring yields some of Apatow's most personal observations yet.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

December 18, 2012
David Denby
New Yorker
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Here is all the plenitude and warmth and the triviality and sadness of Los Angeles life.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

December 17, 2012
Dana Stevens
Slate
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As funny as a hemorrhoid.

Full Review Source: Slate

December 14, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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This Is 40 isn't always hilarious, but it's ticklishly honest and droll about all the things being a parent can do to a relationship. And why it's still worth it.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

December 13, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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As [Apatow's] title implies, he could have taken a deeper plunge into the main task of middle age: revision.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

December 11, 2012
Justin Chang
Variety
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An acutely perceptive, emotionally generous laffer about the joys and frustrations of marriage and middle age.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 30, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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Even with all its ups and downs, there are more than enough bawdy laughs and truthful emotional moments to put this over as a mainstream audience pleaser during a holiday season short on good comedies.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

November 30, 2012
Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
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A pure, maximalist representation of a gifted artist simultaneously at the top of his game and looking to expand the form.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B+

November 26, 2012
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