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Failure to Launch Reviews

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Kam Williams
BlackFilm.com
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
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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 23, 2006
...an amiable and entertaining (albeit entirely forgettable) piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week
April 10, 2006
this rom-com dodges the unsavory omen of its title and once again demonstrates that predictable plots aren't so bad if they involve Matthew McConaughey removing his shirt.
| Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
April 6, 2006
A smartly funny variation on the theme of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (but targeted at a more discerning audience), the film is witty, funny and the cast hand-picked.
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine
March 31, 2006
Flimsy but fun, this rom-com has an enjoyable edge to it -- just don't expect to remember much about it in the morning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 29, 2006
... a classic example of a movie that isn't as good as the sum of its parts, but those individual parts are surprisingly entertaining
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
March 24, 2006
When's the last time the tightly clenched buttcheeks of a former pro football star tickled your funnybone?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Diana Saenger
ReviewExpress.com
March 13, 2006
Not one of McConaughey's best films
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
March 12, 2006
Some sharp dialogue raises this romantic comedy above the TV sitcom genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rebecca Murray
About.com
March 11, 2006
Three months into the year and finally a decent romantic comedy hits theaters.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
March 11, 2006
Surprise! Surprise! 'Failure to Launch' actually has an original premise, solid acting and very good writing.
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Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
March 11, 2006
Once in a while, it's just nice to have romance and comedy come together in a pleasant surprise.
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Bullz-Eye.com
March 11, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 10, 2006
This is a showcase for her [Parker's] sensitive intelligence, her watchfulness, and her way of thinking and reacting. The Family Stone did nothing for Parker, but Failure to Launch makes a strong case for life after Sex and the City.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 10, 2006
We have liftoff! And that's exactly what we want from a romantic comedy.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 10, 2006
This is a guy comedy being mismarketed as a chick flick, complete with a poster that looks like a page from Lucky magazine.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 10, 2006
Director Tom Dey throws in so much energetic slapstick that the film feels lively and fresher than it probably should, especially during several scenes involving animal-induced mayhem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 10, 2006
The comical part -- the part with the assaulting fauna -- is eccentric, knockabout fun, spattered with outlandish setups and amicably offbeat supporting players who reach out and steal the show.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 10, 2006
Like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Wedding Crashers, Failure to Launch reminds us that Hollywood is set on making romantic-comedy counterparts to the chick flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 27, 2009
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
Philip French
Observer (UK)
January 20, 2007

Sydney Morning Herald
July 1, 2006
Beth McArthur
Georgia Straight
March 25, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 11, 2006

Baltimore Sun
March 11, 2006

ComingSoon.net
March 10, 2006
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