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40 Days and 40 Nights Reviews

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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
September 16, 2002
Hartnett's pitch-perfect sexual panic can be hilariously funny.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
Given its drastically contrived nature, the script gets further than I expected.
| Original Score: C+
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
You may feel like taking a vow of abstinence yourself -- at least from Hollywood youth-sex comedies.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 13, 2002
Nothing more than a lame vehicle for teen heartthrob Josh Hartnett.
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Charles Savage
Miami Herald
March 7, 2002
The material may be lightweight, but it's been shaped into a film that deserves to become a classic in an admittedly lightweight genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
March 5, 2002
It has a way of wearing out what's supposed to be knockabout farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
March 5, 2002
Squeamishly risqué teen sexcom.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 4, 2002
Josh Hartnett is good and I love Shannyn Sossamon I think she could become a big star, but this comedy is so wrong on so many levels.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
March 4, 2002
It won't take 40 days and 40 nights to forget this turkey.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
March 1, 2002
It comes dangerously close to being America's first sex comedy without comedy.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 1, 2002
It's not Shakespeare's Twelfth Night or anything, but it's pretty darned good!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 1, 2002
The movie is both exhilarating and depressing. The trouble is, I can't figure out which is more important.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 1, 2002
It does nothing to challenge the self-centredness of the smug little world it depicts, and everything to endorse it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 1, 2002
A fluffy, dopey, but occasionally likable romantic comedy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
March 1, 2002
The slapdash and vulgar second half ... saps the good will engendered by some funny gags and heartthrob Josh Hartnett's ... heart-tuggingly earnest performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
March 1, 2002
It's too mild to be crass; it's clumsy.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 1, 2002
The underpinning misogyny of 40 Days and 40 Nights is only exceeded by its cynicism.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 1, 2002
Eyeball-gougingly awful.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 1, 2002
The way Matt's fate plays out is consistently engaging, at once clever and insightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
March 1, 2002
A base guy flick that's clueless about women, relationships and emotion, and even flirts with sacrilege.
| Original Score: D
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 1, 2002
Without the defence of teen ignorance, 40 Days is little more than soft-core sleaze.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
March 1, 2002
An American Pie variation without the affection for its characters or original humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 1, 2002
The details are fresh and writer Rob Perez's dialogue about sex has more complexity and nuance than we expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
March 1, 2002
A one-joke sex comedy that seems to go on about 38 days and 38 nights too long.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
February 28, 2002
Mildly amusing but wholly unnecessary.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
February 28, 2002
If short on surprises, the screenplay has a fair share of snappy patter.
| Original Score: B-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 28, 2002
Although not without its share of laughs, 40 Days is almost pornographic.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 28, 2002
A truly wretched sex comedy, or should we say non-sex comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 28, 2002
The joke is yanked, inflated, stretched and strung out over the film's 93 minutes.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
February 28, 2002
Even [Hartnett] can't overcome the lameness of the movie's increasingly obvious attempts to make horniness seem funny.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 28, 2002
It's risque, lewd, worthy of Balzac, 90-plus minutes of pretty hilarious smut.
| Original Score: B-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 28, 2002
Just a kinder, gentler teensploitation comedy, but Hartnett's Matt, at least, invites the audience to graduate to something better.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 27, 2002
Lehmann, far from the glory days of Heathers, has made a movie about a hard-on, in which he relentlessly pounds a flaccid premise.
| Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 26, 2002
This is as stupid as movies come.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 24, 2002
Contains some smart writing, funny dialogue, a cheeky production design, attractive leading actors and only occasional lapses into tastelessness.