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Hot Tub Time Machine Reviews

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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Well played, Hot Tub Time Machine, well played. You defied expectations, in a good way, and managed to evolve from "potentially silly concept" to "fairly funny film."
Full Review | Original Score: B
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July 4, 2010
Admirably turns a potentially one-note joke into a consistently funny package.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
May 6, 2010
No masterpiece, perhaps, but Hot Tub Time Machine is post-pub perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 26, 2010
Hugely raunchy and undeniably funny, with Cusack adding just a hint of sweetness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
March 26, 2010
Director Steve Pink offsets the satire with moments of genuine warmth.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 26, 2010
Hot Tub Time Machine is funnier than any movie called Hot Tub Time Machine has a right to be. And how funny is that? Not very, but a little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 26, 2010
Tough going, for sure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 26, 2010
The name says it all.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 26, 2010
Don't try to teach me about life in a movie called Hot Tub Time Machine. Stick to the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. It's your destiny.
| Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 26, 2010
It's fun, it's sad, and it's kind of sad that it's so much fun.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
March 26, 2010
Best title since "Snakes on a Plane" and consistent laughs throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 26, 2010
Hot Tub Time Machine simmers right along like so many Jacuzzi bubbles popping with a carefully calibrated mix of sight gags, sex jokes and baby boomer references.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 26, 2010
Cusack, who self-deprecatingly mocks his iconic presence in '80s films like Say Anything, is terrific -- with an especially wonderful, demented monologue in which he explains why he and his sister are so screwed up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 26, 2010
Like the wonky Jacuzzi that gives the film its title and nutso travel mode, Hot Tub Time Machine operates in fits and starts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 26, 2010
How bad must a movie be to be good fun? How dumb to be smart? Whatever the case, Hot Tub Time Machine doesn't make the cut.
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Newark Star-Ledger
March 26, 2010
It is this year's funniest film so far. And it's probably even funnier after a couple of Bartles & Jaymes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 25, 2010
For hilarity, characterization and clever structure, The Hangover is far superior. Still, there are some laughs in this uneven but good-natured raunchfest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 25, 2010
Hot Tub Time Machine should have been better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
March 25, 2010
I am genuinely saddened not to have enjoyed Hot Tub Time Machine.
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Kara Nesvig
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 25, 2010
Hot Tub Time Machine is a surprisingly enjoyable way to waste 90 minutes if you're into dude humor and penis jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2010
A sort of over-heated alternative universe where a funny-again Chevy Chase shows up as the hot tub repair man, the band Poison is all the rage and the '80s kitsch is outstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
March 25, 2010
It's a reminder of how good it is to be able to laugh at the passage of time, because otherwise, you're crying.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 25, 2010
A reverent, foulmouthed, shoddily shot ode to the bottom-feeding cinema of the Reagan era.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 25, 2010
Hot Tub is the gross-out-comedy equivalent of spaghetti-testing. Many jokes are hurled against the wall. Only a few stick. Yet the sheer number and velocity of the pitches made me giddy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 25, 2010
Hot Tub Time Machine zooms right by, barely pausing on its way out (like, mercifully, the '80s hair it depicts), forgotten almost before it's over.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 25, 2010
A perfect collision of high-energy and high-concept, Hot Tub benefits from near-complete lack of inhibition and a total immersion in dude-centered shenanigans.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
March 25, 2010
Machine is engaging enough, but its characters' path to redemption would be more satisfying if it weren't greased with authentically '80s-style casual sexism, gay panic, and frat-comedy clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
March 25, 2010
It's a bro-down, and every second has been calibrated for maximum bro-fficiency.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
March 25, 2010
... Unhinged, unrepentant and hilarious, unequivocally the best American comedy we've had in a long time. ... As a popcorn pop-culture snack for aging Gen-X'ers with their own memories and regrets, it's a fun, fast, fearless comedy.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 25, 2010
At its best the film is blissfully, anarchically funny, and director Steve Pink keeps the pace crackling.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 25, 2010
Hot Tub Time Machine isn't a good movie, but like a bubbling bath it keeps pounding at us until our resistance wears down.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 25, 2010
A chlorinated, R-rated Back to the Future, Hot Tub Time Machine accomplishes what Snakes on a Plane did not: It offers a merrily idiotic movie to go with its willfully idiotic title.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 25, 2010
Hot Tub Time Machine, which wants nothing more than to be a screwball farce, succeeds beyond any expectations suggested by the title and extends John Cusack's remarkable run.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 24, 2010
What could be a platform for retro fun, inventive plotting, and outrageous humor instead becomes mired in tired time travel clichés, trite '80s shtick, and lazy comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 24, 2010
A movie much different from what its title would suggest, which is kind of a shame, because the title is so super-awesome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Robert Koehler
Variety
March 24, 2010
The most attention-getting, stupid/brilliant high-concept title since Snakes on a Plane turns out to be the first and last memorable thing about Hot Tub Time Machine.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 24, 2010
A potentially wry comedy about time travel plunges into a hot tub of tepid juvenilia.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 24, 2010
I wish the screenwriters had been 2010-minded enough to leave out the crappy gay jokes. Then again, as directed by Cusack's longtime pal and collaborator Steve Pink, and performed with manic energy by this guys-among-guys cast, the movie bops and honks.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Dan Kois
Village Voice
March 24, 2010
A fundamentally lazy comedy that will probably make you laugh like an idiot.
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David Germain
Associated Press
March 24, 2010
The story rests too often on easy '80s potshots -- Look, a Jheri curl! Check out those leg-warmers! Can you hear me on my brick cell phone? -- and today's parlance falling on deaf '80s ears -- E-mail? What's that?
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 24, 2010
The kind of crummy-looking, exploitative, childishly gross and pointedly homophobic teen-sex comedy that was ubiquitous in the 1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 24, 2010
A sloppy, raucous, time travel farce in the grown-men-gone-wild Hangover style, it's a surprisingly satisfying, if not exactly LMAO, riot.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
March 24, 2010
You can treat the movie's devolution into sheer ridiculousness as either an homage to that era's high-concept absurdism or just whatever-dude laziness, but watching Cusack revive his trench-coated cool-misfit persona will stir fortysomething hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5