Failure to Launch - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Failure to Launch Reviews

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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
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
March 10, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: D
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
March 22, 2006
Everyone here is sour and detestable on some level, and though the film generates some chuckles and some interest due to its sheer quirkiness, we stare on in a freak-show kind of way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 9, 2006
Oh, what stupid people these are.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
March 9, 2006
It fails at romance and comedy. It fails to make the lead characters interesting and their love affair believable. And it fails to develop a consistent tone that would enable viewers to suspend their disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 10, 2006
Cursed with an honest title, Failure to Launch waves a white flag in scene after scene, declaring surrender.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 11, 2006
A very aptly named movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
March 16, 2006
A film so egregiously bad that it really should be chopped into small pieces and buried under a freeway overpass.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 3, 2006
Stars Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker put as much energy, winning smiles and comic business into their roles as possible, but it's a no-go from the start.
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 16, 2006
It's completely unbelievable.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 9, 2006
There are so many diversions in Failure to Launch, it's as if the movie is bored by its own story.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
March 10, 2006
A decent start can't save another run-of-the-mill romantic comedy snoozer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
March 9, 2006
This is a bloated SNL sketch comedy film, complete with Terry Bradshaw nudity and a cast pausing for the audience to laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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
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
Joshua Tyler
March 9, 2006
A bizarre, mixed up mess, but one with good moments courtesy of a solid supporting cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 18, 2006
How, exactly, did an idea with this much star power and comic potential manage to misfire?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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