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Due Date Reviews

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Jeff Beck
September 22, 2012
"Due Date" wants to get you attached to its characters, but never finds the emotional resonance to make it happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
January 6, 2013
"Due Date" begins with a bad dream and eventually feels like one. It's tired and formulaic and offers only a few mild laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Sophie Ly
FILMINK (Australia)
November 23, 2010
Although both Downey Jr. and Galifianakis give strong performances, it takes too long to truly warm to their characters.
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
November 7, 2010
It's a little crude to see the character's weirdness being exploited for drama after so readily being jabbed for cheap laughs in the first half
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
November 3, 2010
Due Date steals so often and so shamelessly from Planes, Trains and Automobiles that, despite an abundance of genuinely funny moments, we're happy when the ride ends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Zingale
November 4, 2010
Between Galifianakis' unlikeable travel companion and the film's preposterous series of events, the laughs never really register.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 3, 2010
Has a handful of laughs but is mostly repetitive and lazy, with neither Galifianakis nor co-star Robert Downey Jr. at anywhere near their comedic best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
November 2, 2010
Due Date follows all of the classic story twists you'd associate with the sub-genre; they get arrested, they get drunk, they get high, and they destroy their car, but never are these shocking moments ever actually surprising.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
November 5, 2010
Alas, Due Date takes a simple premise and goes nowhere with it as the two lead characters travel thousands of miles on a journey of self-discovery.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 4, 2010
The movie probably contains enough laughs to satisfy the weekend audience. Where it falls short is in the characters and relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
November 5, 2010
Phillips seems to have forgotten that bawdy comedy is only deemed "edgy" if it's funny. When the seedy jokes fall flat, the result is crass.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
November 4, 2010
It is such a thoroughly unpleasant journey that it forced me to reconsider my previously firm conviction that I would happily watch Robert Downey, Jr. in anything.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 4, 2010
The basic problem is the script, which is credited to three writers plus the director -- seldom a good sign. Never mind that it's a retread of "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" minus the trains, and minus John Candy.
William Goss
November 5, 2010
When characters here aren't mean, they're fed up, and after a while, the feeling is mutual.
Simon Foster
November 24, 2010
America's coolest actor, funniest new comedian and hottest directing talent have somehow conspired to make one of the most worthless films in recent memory.
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
November 5, 2010
With its premise so easily established, Due Date is able to be modestly raucous as well as character-driven, which is how it goes astray since it tries to evoke complex moods and feelings that are beyond its ken.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 3, 2010
I strongly endorse watching bits of Due Date when you stumble upon it on Starz.
Read More | Original Score: C
Drew McWeeny
November 1, 2010
There are some dark laughs, but the film doesn't commit to being dark, like the film doesn't mean it, and it always pulls back.
Anders Wotzke
November 27, 2010
It's bad enough that it took four screenwriters to ineptly rehash Planes, Trains and Automobiles, but it's even worse that they've only managed to come up with one new joke each.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
November 17, 2010
Let me say right off that I liked this movie the first time I saw it, when it was called "Planes, Trains and Automobiles."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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