• R, 1 hr. 20 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    David Wain
    In Theaters:
    Feb 24, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 19, 2012
  • Universal Pictures


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Wanderlust Reviews

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Trust me, this movie doesn't deliver on any level, high or low.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

March 2, 2012
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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It's hard to remember a comedy so populated with good character bits.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 29, 2012
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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You know you're in trouble when not even the improvised scenes and fluffed out-takes are funny.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

February 29, 2012
David Denby
New Yorker
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A messy but occasionally very funny satirical comedy...

Full Review Source: New Yorker

February 28, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Rudd might not be the subtlest straight man in movies, but, as of this moment, he's the best.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

February 27, 2012
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader

February 26, 2012
Dana Stevens
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[The] shaggy but agreeable Wanderlust [is] worth the detour.

Full Review Source: Slate

February 26, 2012
Alonso Duralde
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The film's problems go deeper than its outdated source of mockery and its narrative sloppiness. Worse than anything else, it's just not all that funny.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

February 24, 2012
David Edelstein
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It takes guts to do a comedy this big without gross-out slapstick, and the writers and the actors are all in.

Full Review Source: NPR

February 24, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The leads are charming and although the plot twists are obvious, there are some funny scenes here.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 24, 2012
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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A comedy that looks way better than it actually is set amidst the dreck of late winter releases...

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 24, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Paul Rudd is the best friend a movie comedy can have.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 24, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Much of the movie feels pasted together; the story doesn't flow, it staggers forward.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

February 24, 2012
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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As far as your humble correspondent knows, Wanderlust is the first mainstream movie ever to star a Floppy Prosthetic Penis.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

February 24, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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"Wanderlust'' may lack the satiric edge of Albert Brooks' "Lost in America,'' but it does deliver more big laughs than most comedies these days.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 24, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A shambling mix of cheap laughs and genuinely funny set pieces from writer-director David Wain.

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

February 23, 2012
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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'Wanderlust' is equal parts fresh humor and stale jokes.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 3.0/5

February 23, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Though Wanderlust has a silly-funny premise and moments of inspired lunacy, it wanders aimlessly and runs some weak gags into the ground.

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

February 23, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Wanderlust" is an assembly line producing laughs.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

February 23, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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For every few jokes that hit in this story about a recession-battered New York couple finding themselves on a Georgia commune, one sputters and dies.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 23, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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So you think you've seen silly? And smarmy? And inept? Wait till you see "Wanderlust," though that's just a figure of speech; I'm not suggesting that you actually lay eyes on this naked grab for box office bucks.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

February 23, 2012
Kara Nesvig
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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[It] produces tons of laughs in its compact 90 minutes and doesn't overstay its welcome. The bad jokes are bad, but the good ones are great.

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

February 23, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Wain has always brought a kind of zany sensibility to his films, but he has never seemed more confident coloring outside the lines.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

February 23, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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Buried below the endless penis and poop jokes, a very funny movie lurks, one we only catch glimpses of amid a churning mire of icky stuff and dangling privates.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

February 23, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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This movie has no teeth. It does not want to say anything, other than the unprintable word for penis, over and over.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

February 23, 2012
Ian Buckwalter
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Wain's willingness to do anything for a laugh is a risk that pays off.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 7.5/10

February 23, 2012
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's an R-rated movie with a fair amount of nudity, a lot of sexual candor, truckloads of unspecified drugs, and more laughs than I've had at the movies in a very long time.

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

February 23, 2012
James Berardinelli
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Wanderlust has its moments. It's sporadically funny - funny enough to deliver a good laugh or two. The problem is, it doesn't do more than that, and the comedy is inconsistent.

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

February 23, 2012
Rafer Guzman
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"Wanderlust" feels about as edgy as an early Johnny Carson monologue and slightly less clever than a "Visualize Whirled Peas" bumper-sticker.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1/4

February 23, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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"Wanderlust" achieves a tricky balance: It has enough laugh-out-loud moments that it wins you over, even though the movie as a whole doesn't add up.

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

February 23, 2012
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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It's obvious "Wanderlust" was a lot more fun to make than it is to watch. But if you set enough funny people loose in front of a camera, they'll find a way to make you laugh, even if it's in spite of your better judgment.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

February 23, 2012
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Wanderlust's premise affords it an opportunity to comment insightfully on antithetical but flawed conceptions of the American dream, but any aspirations to satire or social commentary get lost in the film's all-too-easy comedy.

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

February 23, 2012
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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Most of it is pretty funny stuff.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3/5

February 23, 2012
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Wanderlust is not the worst movie you will see all year. But it is not good.

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

February 23, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Despite the calculated advance press about the movie's nudity, polygamy, dirty talk, etc., David Wain's comedy is depressingly banal.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

February 23, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Some jokes get hammered into the ground repeatedly; others go on well past the point of cringe-inducing awkwardness, which is the point. But some do reach the levels of brilliant, unfettered lunacy to which they aspire.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 22, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Every actor who gets the joke shines, even when the story occasionally bumbles and bobbles its momentum.

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

February 22, 2012
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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If the ensuing plot beats are easy to chart in advance, they're sold by a good-natured cast and filmmakers who understand they'll get plenty of laughs even without digging too deep in the bag of tricks displayed in outings like The Ten.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

February 22, 2012
Brian Lowry
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Despite some amusing moments, everyone simply works too hard at providing rambunctious zaniness, until one grows painfully aware the inevitable outtakes reel will be superior to the movie.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 22, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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None of the hilarity is enough to keep Wanderlust from feeling like a late-night comedy-show sketch stretched to feature length. But why look a giggle-prone gift horse in the mouth?

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

February 22, 2012
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