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Melissa McCarthy remains an engaging screen presence, but her efforts aren't enough to keep the jumbled Tammy on track.



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Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) is having a bad day. She's totaled her clunker car, gotten fired from her thankless job at a greasy burger joint and, instead of finding comfort at home, finds her husband getting comfortable with the neighbor in her own house. It's time to take her boom box and book it. The bad news is she's broke and without wheels. The worse news is her grandma, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), is her only option-with a car, cash, and an itch to see Niagara Falls. Not exactly the escape Tammy had in mind. But on the road, with grandma riding shot gun, it may be just what Tammy needs. (c) Warner Bros.

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Justin Smith
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Ricky Muse
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Barbara Weetman
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William Flaman
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Rey Hernandez
as Cop at Lakehouse
Penn Holderness
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Critic Reviews for Tammy

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  • [Something] in Tammy you wouldn't expect to see in a mainstream comedy [is] the romantic pairing of McCarthy with indie heartthrob Mark Duplass, reversing the formula of the male slob who gets the conventionally beautiful girl.

    Oct 16, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie's principal intention is to make you laugh at a loser, and revel in scenes from which polite people would instinctively turn away.

    Jul 7, 2014
  • It's obnoxious when it means to be comic, and excruciating when it wants to be moving.

    Jul 7, 2014 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • It's a rambling, pointless and labored attempt to cash in on Ms. McCarthy's fan base without respect for any audience with a collective IQ of 10. And it's about as funny as a liver transplant.

    Jul 6, 2014 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • McCarthy's performance of unself-conscious uncouthness celebrates the freedom to be undignified. And, still, it's being misused.

    Jul 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Tammy is an object lesson in the art of directing, which is all it would have taken to turn this near-miss into an instant classic. Though that may be true of most mediocre movies.

    Jul 6, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tammy


Don't get the hate on this one. Yes, it's stupid, but it's meant to be. Dumb comedy similar in tone to Stepbrothers. I laughed quite a few times, though it's not consistently funny and it does have its faults. Overall message is nice.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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A few laughs here and there, but overall, it's just not very good.

Flutie Archibald
Flutie Archibald

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She hit the road. The road hit back. Mediocre Drama/Comedy! Melissa McCarthy knows she has created this bloated sassy bitch with a kind and well meaning heart character, and she is taking it to the box office to cash in because plenty of people think she's funny. In 'Tammy' she has plenty of Hollywood names around her .. Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates being most prominent and doing their role well. As a simple comedy it works fine. I don't think for one moment there is some meaningful message so many viewer seems to be seeking. It's just Tammy & granny hitting the road because they are tired of their daily routine and seek something different .... in Niagara Falls ... and they find their goal. And tear-up plenty of stuff on the way! Tammy, who was recently fired from a Topper Jack's fast food restaurant, returns home only to find her husband enjoying a romantic meal with the neighbor. She quickly packs her necessities, and travels down three houses to her parent's home. Upon denied use of her mom's car to drive to Niagara Falls, she quickly resorts to an "ailing" grandmother, who also lives in the home...Only instead of traveling alone, Grandma Pearl wants in on the road trip. After realizing Grandma Pearl has the funds, they hit the road. Pearl soon proves to be quite the alcoholic despite her diabetes, and Tammy quickly turns into the "baby-sitter." From finding love in a bar to robbing a Topper Jack's in order to bail Pearl out of jail,the quirky adventure will have you finding yourself riding along for the misadventures of Tammy.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Let me start this with saying that I'm a big Melissa McCarthy fan. I really liked "Identity Thief" and "The Heat". But, when I saw the previews for this I just didn't think it looked that funny, and I was right. Now, I imagine there are a lot of people(especially women) that thought this was funny and good. Awesome, I'm glad you liked it. However, to me it just was very uneven and seemed like McCarthy was trying too hard, and missing the mark. Compare this to her performance in "The Heat". She's effortless in that, but here she's basically a caricature of her characters. But, she doesn't have anyone to bounce off of like Sandra Bullock or Jason Bateman, and I think that's where the movie is really lacking. She is the type of comedic actress, that really needs someone strong to bounce off of. Susan Sarandon plays her Grandma(the movie is pretty much a road trip movie), but her character isn't the straight man that McCarthy needs. I got bored with it by the end, and when it starts to dig into the drama, I just zoned out completely. Have I seen worse movies? Oh yeah, a lot of em. But, this could have been better with a lot of tweaks. Hopefully McCarthy's next movie is better, because movies like this will eventually kill her career.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

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