Take Me Home Tonight Reviews

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Anna Smith
Time Out
May 10, 2011
It's an amiable but slow slice of nostalgia: think 'Hot Tub Time Machine' meets 'Superbad' - without the big laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 14, 2011
This low-powered, amiable, stunningly unimportant movie is essentially one long, noisy party (set in two houses).
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 9, 2011
"Take Me Home Tonight" is not a bad movie. In fact, it's pretty good. It's just unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 4, 2011
It's formulaic at best - and even that formula isn't always thought through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 4, 2011
Drinking jokes. Sex jokes. Wild antics. Sincere looks. Nothing goes on here that hasn't gone on -- and gone on better -- in other movies.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 4, 2011
A dirge of a comedy...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
March 4, 2011
After the gimmick begins to fade, what remains is less than likable characters inhabiting an all-too-familiar plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 4, 2011
It tries hard, but it always falls short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 4, 2011
They speak entirely in plot points and punchlines and seem to be motivated only by lust, greed and ego. Well, we all are, but few bring to this motivation so little intelligence and wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 4, 2011
It pretends to be hungry like the wolf, yet it ends up doing the safety dance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 3, 2011
A reasonably watchable immersion in nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 3, 2011
very last joke in the movie -- verbal gags, visual gags, musical cues, camera moves -- is crushingly literal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 3, 2011
It, like, totally pains me to say this, but Take Me Home Tonight is a bummer.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 3, 2011
[The] trite boy-meets-girl arc (he lies about his job) is occasionally offset by some potent comic misadventures.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 3, 2011
Give the genially bawdy '80s nostalgia trip Take Me Home Tonight credit where it's due: It's got the music part down pat
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 3, 2011
As a raunchy romantic comedy or an homage to the 1980s, Take Me Home Tonight is hardly worth a one-night stand.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 3, 2011
'Take Me Home Tonight' has just enough heart and retro party spirit to hold the line before familiarity breeds contempt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 3, 2011
The mystery of Topher Grace's film career, and why it isn't better, continues with "Take Me Home Tonight."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
March 3, 2011
An amiable diversion, kept afloat by some comic moments of the raunchy, silly variety, and by something that does feel rather retro: a kindness to its youthful characters.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 3, 2011
Overall "Take Me Home Tonight" represents a lateral move at best for its 24-hour party people, a step back at worst, and not worth your time either way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 3, 2011
Like a zippy lost treasure from the days of VHS and Duran Duran.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
March 3, 2011
A bland string of pokes at fashion and 1988 period style.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 3, 2011
The art direction and costumes are clearly a conscious choice, but if you're going to look back with affection (and/or irony), it helps to have something to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 3, 2011
Completely unoriginal, sure, but watchable and even likable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
March 3, 2011
Like Can't Hardly Wait, it's a curiously straight-faced attempt to make an '80s comedy for an audience too young to remember the halcyon days of Alf.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
March 3, 2011
...the comic tone is both strained and straining...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
March 2, 2011
Smart and funny tribute to the R-rated comedies of the 1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 2, 2011
It does possess a certain backward-glancing innocent appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 2, 2011
Topher Grace and Dan Fogler star in Michael Dowse's aggressively unfunny film which seeks the lowest common denominator in nearly every scene.
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David Fear
Time Out
March 2, 2011
Misses the Hughes sensitive-raunch sweet spot, though a game supporting cast hits bull's-eyes on lesser targets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Brian Lowry
Variety
March 1, 2011
Take Me Home Tonight is a pleasant-enough all-in-one-night comedy, featuring a protagonist facing the classic Graduate-like existential dilemma of post-college paralysis.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
March 1, 2011
Where Adventureland announced an allegiance to freak-scene '80s culture and made a vital detail of one character's fluffing the title of a Lou Reed song, there's nothing so specific in Take Me Home Tonight.