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Forgetting Sarah Marshall Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
It's got an engaging cast and enough laughs to compensate for some shortcomings.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
With pratfalls, yucks, a crying jag, and what is starting to seem like the requisite flash of nudity, Jason Segel becomes this year's adorably hapless movie schlub.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
April 25, 2008
'Sarah Marshall' remains a film of glorious moments and memorable scenes, lovingly crafted characters and sparkling one-liners.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 18, 2008
Jason Segel has what Nicolas Cage and Gene Wilder and a precious handful of other witty actors have: The ability to make egregious humiliation and painful neediness a source of limitless mirth.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 18, 2008
Halfway through I realized that I'd lost most of my standards, maybe under my seat, and was enjoying the erratic evolution of the nonsense.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 18, 2008
The cringingly wacky scenarios, offbeat characters and comic dialogue serve up a crowd-pleasing, laugh-filled experience.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
April 18, 2008
This is a fairly low-keyed comedy, but a grown-up dropping in on it can appreciate its lack of frenzy, its fundamental good nature, as easily as its core audience will. It isn't exactly a gem, but as zircons go, it'll do.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 18, 2008
Forgetting Sarah Marshall should please audiences eager for silly summer comedy (particularly, the Hawaiian sunshine should delight those currently enduring a gray Seattle spring).
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 18, 2008
Like its predecessors, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a smart comedy that trades on social embarrassment and shows love from the standpoint of male insecurity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 18, 2008
Forgetting Sarah Marshall follows the Apatow formula faithfully enough. All that's missing is charisma -- the je ne sais quois that makes us fall in love in the first place.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 18, 2008
Forgetting Sarah Marshall goes out with a whimper when you so want a bang. But until then, this so-called romantic disaster comedy is a raucous ride through one man's pain.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 18, 2008
Like most of Apatow's productions -- heck, most of his heroes -- Forgetting Sarah Marshall is big and sloppy and too willing to settle for being just good enough. But like them too, it's funny. And it grows on you.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 18, 2008
This film is so funny it may be beside the point to complain that, as in many Apatow productions, the writing and direction are still in something of a state of arrested development.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 18, 2008
We know actors are trained to let it all hang out, but Jason Segel takes naked vulnerability to new levels in Nicholas Stoller's likable debut, Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 18, 2008
The movie isn't quite so polished as Virgin or Knocked Up, but it's terrifically funny and, for a few brief moments, poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
April 18, 2008
If Forgetting Sarah Marshall lacks the heady mix of sheer exuberance and unexpected maturity of the granddaddy of the genre, Apatow's 40-Year-Old Virgin, it's more soulful than Knocked Up and more inclusive than Superbad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
April 18, 2008
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a lazy, second-hand offering from the Apatow crude-but-sweet assembly line.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 18, 2008
Forgetting Sarah Marshall does not entirely play by the established conventions of its genre.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 18, 2008
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is, ultimately, forgettable, but for most of the way it's a pleasant little vacation of a movie.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 18, 2008
In the Apatow manner, [writer/star Jason] Segel mines a mother lode of painful personal memories for his breakup gags, and the vanity of entertainment people proves to be another rich vein.
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
April 18, 2008
The whole film feels like Apatow and clan are still on their own vacation after last summer's one-two punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 18, 2008
Like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Superbad before it, it delivers belly laughs that explode from the meeting of wit and shock.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
April 18, 2008
You know exactly where, and the pleasure of Forgetting Sarah Marshall is in how it gets there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 18, 2008
Forgetting Sarah Marshall finds Apatow back on form, after the recent disappointments of Drillbit Taylor and, to a lesser extent, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 18, 2008
It does run long, but it mainly rollicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 18, 2008
Sarah Marshall is familiar, if not fresh. Which is reassuring to those not looking for the new new thing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
April 17, 2008
Like its hero, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a little soft around the middle, but all the more loveable for that.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 17, 2008
While it's hardly unforgettable, the latest raunchy rom-com from prolific producer Judd Apatow is a genial timewaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 17, 2008
Forgetting Sarah Marshall gives another Apatow player a much-deserved day in the sun. Maybe Jay Baruchel or Martin Starr will soon get turns in the rotation.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 17, 2008
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a refreshingly tender treatment of love gone wrong -- we mean, for a movie that's got enough lowdown sexual content to start its own Kinsey Report.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 17, 2008
[Jason] Segel embraces the destiny of male anatomy in yet another clever creation from the Judd Apatow Alumni Association; this one, too, speaks from the male heart (and other parts) in a language accessible to females.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 17, 2008
It's sentimental and shocking, and it has more laughs than any non-Apatow-produced comedy out there. And it's absurdly overlong.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 17, 2008
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a hilarious movie, a brilliant deconstruction of the romantic comedy, a film that, assuming you have the appropriate sense of humor, will make you laugh out loud again and again.
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 17, 2008
Kunis is not just Peter's savior, but the saving grace of a comedy that is really a series of sketches, a few of which sparkle, and most of which you'll soon forget.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 16, 2008
It has just the right balance of the salty and the sweet. It also signals an introduction of sorts to a couple of engaging talents.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 16, 2008
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is at least as good as the two Apatow-directed movies, with a script that might be both a little sharper and a little more romantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
April 16, 2008
Even if his movie, produced by Apatow and directed by first-timer Nicholas Stoller, visits familiar territory, Segel's willing to go to dark, weird places his contemporaries won't.
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David Denby
New Yorker
April 14, 2008
It's not hard, it turns out, to forget Sarah Marshall. The problem is remembering her.
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Sara Cardace
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 14, 2008
The film may not be as laugh-packed as its predecessor Knocked Up, but it charms nonetheless.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
April 14, 2008
It has a generosity toward all its characters that rescues it from predictability.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
April 11, 2008
Solid rom com finds another Judd Apatow acolyte moving into the spotlight.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 7, 2008
An instant classic.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
March 12, 2008
Producer Judd Apatow looks to have scored another long-legged hit with Forgetting Sarah Marshall.