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Date Night Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 3, 2011
Fey, in particular, seems uncomfortable with the shenanigans.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
April 22, 2010
Fey and Carell are better than this, but when the other options in the action-romcom territory include such efforts as The Bounty Hunter, who's complaining?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
April 12, 2010
Fey, in particular, finds herself in the situation of a prima ballerina unaccountably dancing with the Rockettes.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 12, 2010
In three or four scenes, they get a rhythm going, but the editing is smash-and-bash. Shawn Levy is not a director who honors performers' rhythms.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 9, 2010
Tina Fey is really funny. Steve Carell is really funny. Date Night stars Tina Fey and Steve Carell. Ergo, Date Night must be really ... sorry, I wish it worked that way almost as much as the studios do. But no.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 9, 2010
Its slapstick story of a married couple enduring outrageous fortune offers a lot of laughs, a bit of romance and plenty for either sex to relate to.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 9, 2010
The screenplay, by Josh Klausner, proves that the easy laugh isn't always the best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
April 9, 2010
Carell and Fey really are like Fred and Ginger, so smooth and sure-footed in their comic grace(lessness) and timing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 9, 2010
Mr. Carell and Ms. Fey might have been able to pull it off -- if they had only been permitted to try.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
April 9, 2010
A very mild recommendation, only because the immensely funny and appealing stars outshine the pedestrian material. Their respective sitcoms are funnier and more sophisticated than this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 9, 2010
In the hands of, say, a Greg Kinnear and a Sarah Jessica Parker, the thing could be a disaster. It's not. Not by a long shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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April 9, 2010
What comes as a welcome surprise is how Date Night manages to make sport of romantic movie conventions without being mean about them.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 9, 2010
A reasonably amusing way to pass Saturday night with a significant other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 9, 2010
Watching Carell and Fey in action, trading quips and dodging gunfire as they attempt to make their way home to white-picket-fence suburbia, makes you wonder why it's taken so long to bring these two gifted comics together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 9, 2010
It is diverting, and it gives these two their first chance to work together, yet you can't help but wish that the film functioned on as high a level as its stars do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
April 9, 2010
It gets one crucial element of comic filmmaking right in a way that few recent comedies have. It's cast, down to the smallest role, with genuinely funny performers, people who understand how to time a joke, deliver a setup, underplay a deadpan glance.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
April 8, 2010
Date Night" is not exactly "Scenes From a Marriage," and yet, with Carell and Fey delivering both raucous comedy and real characters, "Date Night" is surprisingly smart, funny and sweet.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 8, 2010
The movie's stars, Steve Carell and Tina Fey, are exactly what they seem. They're perfect casting in a short, sweet comedy that makes the most of their genial gifts until it loses its sense of proportion.
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Ramin Setoodeh
Newsweek
April 8, 2010
In Date Night, Carell is the cake batter that holds up Fey's icing.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
April 8, 2010
It's a lively, often astute piece of marital sociology wrapped up in an action frolic involving an extremely average New Jersey couple.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 8, 2010
Here's proof that Tina Fey and Steve Carell could squeeze laughs out of a phone book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 8, 2010
Josh Klausner wrote the screenplay, but it really does seem as though some of its funniest lines were ad-libbed. Either that or Klausner deserves credit for tailoring a screenplay so completely to his actors so as to make it seem that they wrote it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 8, 2010
This is the rare screwball comedy that is superbly paced, cleverly plotted and hilarious from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 8, 2010
Date Night could have been another The Bounty Hunter -- a DOA movie-star romantic comedy mixed with implausible action/adventure. But instead it's the happiest of surprises: a genuinely sweet, funny movie.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 8, 2010
Carell and Fey ... can telegraph anxiety, humiliation and exasperated affection in a glance. They give the film a boost even Levy can't deflate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 8, 2010
Carell and Fey mine the humor of predictable characters acting unpredictably -- and frequently, they strike gold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 8, 2010
If Date Night doesn't itself quite justify a date night -- really, do you know what sitters charge these days? -- it'll be a fun rent in six months.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 8, 2010
Date Night manages to live down to its store-brand title. But it might have worked as a serious comedy about two people trying to resex their marriage and air their mounting grievances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
April 8, 2010
A skeleton praying its leads will bring it to life.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 8, 2010
There's something genuine and more than a little sad at the core of Levy's poorly staged, modestly amusing comedy, but it isn't the part that involves flash drives, blackmail, and glowering, gun-toting bad guys.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 8, 2010
Through it all, Carell and Fey are charming and sly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Germain
Associated Press
April 8, 2010
These are two of the funniest people ever on television, yet their big-screen Date Night is a dreary, uninspired waste of their talents -- and those of the top-name cast inexplicably appearing in small throwaway roles.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 8, 2010
This shrill caper is more like a blind date between fingernail and chalkboard.
| Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 8, 2010
The action plotting is quick and clean and there are some funny supporting turns.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 8, 2010
As dynamic as the duo of Carell and Fey might be, they prove unable to reverse the trend of padded and forgettable action/comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 8, 2010
As Date Night revels in how danger and near-death experiences can reignite a marriage, it revels equally in how Carell and Fey can make a formulaic movie seem fresh, simply by virtue of their respective comic chops.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 8, 2010
You leave the theater satisfied yet strangely displeased. That's what happens when good actors are stranded in a lame movie that is not worthy of their talents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 8, 2010
A movie like Date Night encourages Hollywood comedy to occasionally dial down, and realize that comedy emerges from characters and situations and can't be manufactured from manic stunts and overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 7, 2010
Carell and Fey project an intellectual sharpness and an understanding of what's important in life - and what's ridiculous - that are the hallmarks of endearingly sane adults capable of sustaining both a hot career and a warm marriage-with-children.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 7, 2010
There is some funny stuff here, particularly the asides between Carell and Fey, who have a comfortable chemistry. You can certainly believe that they're a harried married couple.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 6, 2010
Steve Carell and Tina Fey make a terrific comic pairing in this entertaining if overly familiar comic thriller.
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April 6, 2010
A romantic comedy with action, edge and genuine chemistry between its leads, Date Night scores a home run.