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Failure to Launch Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
Fans of Bongo playing narcissist Matthew McConaughey will breeze through this formulaic rom-com, though it possesses about as much charm as it does logic.
| Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Starnes
March 22, 2011
It's not funny. It is occasionally witty, but not very often. It seems the filmmakers realized that as well as they fill the frequent dry spells with physical comedy that doesn't really fit the tone of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Cole Smithey
April 20, 2009
A limp romantic comedy, this cut-and-paste bookend to last year's "Hitch" finds Sarah Jessica Parker playing Paula a demoralized romantic turned "professional interventionist."
Full Review | Original Score: C
Tim Grierson
Screen International
July 23, 2008
Verging on the preposterous, director Tom Dey's Failure To Launch relies on attractive stars to overcome its lackluster execution.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
May 2, 2007
Failure to Launch? The same can be said for the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kam Williams
April 19, 2007
Zooey Deschanel steals so many scenes as Paula's anti-social roommate that she deserves to share top billing alongside McConaughey and Parker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
You can positively smell the filmmakers' misguidedly intent resolution to turn this flick into something that will appeal to 12-year-old boys as well as its targeted chicks.
David Cornelius
February 24, 2007
It's everything wrong with bad romantic comedies, all rolled into one easy-to-hate package.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 18, 2006
The movie's notion of humor is exemplified by Bradshaw's extended nude scene.
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 13, 2006
A romantic comedy in the true sense of the word, "Failure to Launch" is the first certified "date film" of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Stephanie Zacharek
October 7, 2006
As listless and phony as Failure to Launch may be, it does have one secret weapon in Zooey Deschanel.
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 22, 2006
The multiple contrivances and the inevitable grinding of the storytelling gears will have you itching to go home -- whether you happen to live with your parents or not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 13, 2006
i just hated every single character soooo much
| Original Score: 1.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 23, 2006 amiable and entertaining (albeit entirely forgettable) piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Anna Smith
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Add to this a confused moral message and it's clear that, as its title inadvertently suggests, this romantic comedy never gets off the ground.
Scott Weinberg
June 18, 2006
It'd take a considerably more charming pair of leads to salvage a concept this lame and a screenplay this witless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
May 29, 2006
One of those average romantic comedies that Hollywood churns out several times a year like widgets on an assembly line.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise
May 12, 2006
The two times I did laugh, no one else did.
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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Tom Dey directs with all the energy of a cook flipping burgers at Jack in the Box.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat
May 6, 2006
As bland as corn flakes.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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