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Wanderlust (2012)


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 134
Fresh: 79
Rotten: 55

Critics Consensus: It isn't always as funny as it should be, but Wanderlust benefits from an extremely talented cast and some of David Wain's most confident, assured work behind the camera.

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 21
Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: It isn't always as funny as it should be, but Wanderlust benefits from an extremely talented cast and some of David Wain's most confident, assured work behind the camera.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 41,459


Movie Info

George (Rudd) and Linda (Aniston) are an overextended, stressed out Manhattan couple. After George is downsized out of his job, they find themselves with only one option: to move in with George's awful brother in Atlanta. On the way there, George and Linda stumble upon Elysium, an idyllic community populated by colorful characters who embrace a different way of looking at things. Money? It can't buy happiness. Careers? Who needs them? Clothes? Only if you want them. Is Elysium the fresh start … More

R (for sexual content, graphic nudity, language and drug use)
Directed By:
Written By:
David Wain , Ken Marino
In Theaters:
Jun 19, 2012
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Wanderlust

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (79) | Rotten (55) | DVD (1)

Trust me, this movie doesn't deliver on any level, high or low.

Full Review… | March 2, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

It's hard to remember a comedy so populated with good character bits.

Full Review… | February 29, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

You know you're in trouble when not even the improvised scenes and fluffed out-takes are funny.

Full Review… | February 29, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

A messy but occasionally very funny satirical comedy...

Full Review… | February 28, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

Rudd might not be the subtlest straight man in movies, but, as of this moment, he's the best.

Full Review… | February 27, 2012
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Being taken under Apatow's wing may have been a big career break for writer-director David Wain, but this lacks the sharp personality of some of his earlier movies.

Full Review… | February 26, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Even if Wanderlust is a bust, Rudd and Aniston will walk away from it with no repercussions as they both perform very well.

Full Review… | September 17, 2012
We Got This Covered

While everyone has their tastes and limits there must be a line when a film is so shameless in its lack of dignity and intellect and assumes the audience are just a bunch of rubes.

Full Review… | September 10, 2012

Better for having ambitions, but ironically less perfect for failing to live up to those ideals.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012

Wanderlust has a freewheeling, improvisational aesthetic that doles out enough solid jokes, even if it does so erratically.

Full Review… | August 17, 2012
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

probably looked much better on paper

Full Review… | August 14, 2012
7M Pictures

Wanderlust takes its aim at some very broad targets so it's no wonder that the film's jokes tend to be blunt and obvious rather than rapier-sharp.

Full Review… | July 17, 2012
Movie Talk

The parts are often funnier, and more memorable, than the whole, but there's enough here to keep David Wain fans smiling.

Full Review… | June 18, 2012

Usually avoids SNL skit-shtick and wacky-pothead parody, thanks to affectionate humour, sharp cuts and droll dialogue. Still, the story ultimately sides with the bland, loft-closeted couple and gets lazy with guy-gets-back-girl moments down the stretch.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A random, tedious and tone-deaf comedy, a feeble recycling of every hippie commune cliche you've ever heard.

Full Review… | March 23, 2012
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

...yet another in an increasingly long line of subpar comedies from producer Judd Apatow.

Full Review… | March 23, 2012
Reel Film Reviews

... you probably won't see a funnier movie all year.

Full Review… | March 20, 2012
Sacramento News & Review

Consistently funny and outrageous, with a large, appealing cast whose apparent good time making the film is infectious.

Full Review… | March 19, 2012
IGN Movies

Even before the maddeningly smug faux-bohemian denouement, we've turned off and tuned out. Bummer.

Full Review… | March 19, 2012
Irish Times

Too good-natured to dislike it, and in the same breath, too good-natured to have much depth.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

It is not the story but the ensemble cast that saves "Wanderlust" from being a mediocre comedy.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
Reeling Reviews

An unusually sharp script makes this silly comedy thoroughly enjoyable, even when it tips over the top.

Full Review… | March 8, 2012
Shadows on the Wall

The film is a humourless embarrassment, the cliche situations and flat dialogue decorated but not embellished by the envelope-pushing obscenity traditionally associated with its producer Judd Apatow.

Full Review… | March 4, 2012
Observer [UK]

Rudd and Aniston shine in Wanderlust.

Full Review… | March 3, 2012
Illinois Times

Director David Wain's experience is TV and this crude film seems more like a sitcom that probably won't be renewed.

Full Review… | March 3, 2012

Rudd does some great riffing (especially his hillbilly dirty talk), but ultimately the sum of Wanderlust's parts is greater than the whole.

Full Review… | March 3, 2012
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for Wanderlust


Kind of painful to watch. I love Paul Rudd, but even he couldn't raise this sinking ship. The subject matter could have been really funny, but the way this storyline was presented just seemed to miss the mark every time. Pretty underwhelming film. Too bad.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Little bit disappointing. Had its moments, but wasn't consistently funny. It was okay, I guess, but I wish I hadn't bought it unseen. I usually like Jennifer Anniston's rom coms.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

"Wanderlust" is exactly what the title suggests -- it wanders with its narrative with very little punchlines or humor to make it memorable. Paul Rudd is always good and always entertaining to watch, but with the lackluster script and boring plotline, "Wanderlust" is a pass altogether.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer


Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Wanderlust Quotes

Gotta put the ol'dangle bag on.
– Submitted by Danielle K (22 months ago)
[wispers] I have a dildo in here. Feel free to use it.. and know that its clean cause I run it through the dishwasher like whoopa-sadie-do... Do you like hambergers?
– Submitted by Danielle K (22 months ago)
Holy shit our TV room is twice the size of your whole apartment.
– Submitted by Jasmine M (23 months ago)
Doors are bullshit.
– Submitted by William H (2 years ago)
Here we go. Thank you, acid.
– Submitted by Evan T (2 years ago)
You know you can really get trapped in that web of beepers and Zenith televisions and Walkmens and discmens and floppy discs and zip drives, laser discs, answering machines and Nintendo Power Glove...
Wow, you know so much about technology.
– Submitted by Crystal O (2 years ago)

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