This is 40 Reviews

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Cath Clarke
Time Out
February 14, 2013
However irritating 'This Is 40' is at times, there's a warmth that wins you over, and an honesty about families.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Toronto Star
January 22, 2013
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Ricardo Baca
Denver Post
December 21, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 21, 2012
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 | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 21, 2012
Judd Apatow is not a disciplined artist. And that's a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 21, 2012
"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 | Original Score: C
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 21, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 21, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
December 20, 2012
At times "This is 40" is brutally funny and brutally honest. Just as often, it's painfully shrill and unpleasant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 20, 2012
The film has as much to say about family dynamics as a couple's wavering love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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December 20, 2012
With This Is 40, Apatow turns his audience into fitfully chuckling therapists, dealing with a raft of problems that aren't entirely sorted out.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
December 20, 2012
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.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 20, 2012
There's a funny movie scratching at the edges of "This is 40."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 20, 2012
"This Is 40" is a bull's-eye zeitgeist comedy, a movie in which everyone acts like real people but funnier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 20, 2012
This is too much like a $35-million smart phone filled with kids' pictures.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 20, 2012
I hate to say it, but if Judd Apatow wants to be a seriously funny filmmaker, he may have to leave home.
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
December 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
December 20, 2012
"This Is 40" turns out to be an opportunity squandered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
December 20, 2012
This is 40 is crude and dull, with a supporting cast that reminds you how utterly uninteresting the main characters are.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
December 20, 2012
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.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 20, 2012
The movie frequently shifts from comic to dramatic and back again, true to Apatow's whiplash style but also true to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 20, 2012
More like "This Is Whiny."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
December 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 19, 2012
It's the feel-bad comedy of the holiday season - and that's what makes it good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
December 19, 2012
'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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
December 18, 2012
Much like marriage, This Is 40 is somewhat formless, and it almost never hurries up. But life is improved by having the option.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 18, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
December 17, 2012
Here is all the plenitude and warmth and the triviality and sadness of Los Angeles life.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 14, 2012
As funny as a hemorrhoid.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: A-
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
December 11, 2012
As [Apatow's] title implies, he could have taken a deeper plunge into the main task of middle age: revision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
November 30, 2012
An acutely perceptive, emotionally generous laffer about the joys and frustrations of marriage and middle age.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
November 30, 2012
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.
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
November 26, 2012
A pure, maximalist representation of a gifted artist simultaneously at the top of his game and looking to expand the form.
Full Review | Original Score: B+