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The Change-Up Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
September 14, 2011
You'd have to call the whole undertaking workmanlike rather than inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 10, 2011
Pee-pee humor abounds in The Change-Up. There's also a lot of poo-poo humor. And ta-ta humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 8, 2011
This comedy doesn't work very well.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 7, 2011
It's occasionally funny and a lot painful...
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
August 7, 2011
The Change-Up goes downhill faster than a snowboarder strapped to a jetpack.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 6, 2011
Bateman, as always, is surpassingly good, even when the material isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 5, 2011
With slight variants, this is another chapter in the epic saga of body shame, gender panic, and free-floating contempt for the human race that Hollywood comedies seem to be issuing piece by piece in serial format.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 5, 2011
A thoroughly silly, intermittently hilarious reworking of the Freaky Friday body-switch concept.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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August 5, 2011
The script values shock over wit so completely that every scene feels too eager for laughs, even with comic actors as likable as Bateman and Reynolds doing the shocking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
August 5, 2011
Freaky, yes, but definitely not Freaky Friday.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 5, 2011
Universal Pictures has filed for creative bankruptcy.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 5, 2011
Bateman and Reynolds never get into the hall-of-mirrors mimicry that Nicolas Cage and John Travolta so enjoyed in "Face/Off."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 5, 2011
Another body-switching comedy? Seriously?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 5, 2011
The thing is, this could have been funny.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 5, 2011
As in Judd Apatow's phallocentric comic fantasies, the considerable raunch and implicit sexism of "The Change-Up" barely mask a worldview that's far from transgressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 5, 2011
Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds struggle valiantly to transcend the movie they're in.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 4, 2011
I want to hate The Change-Up for its relentless scatology, its imaginative bankruptcy, its juvenile need to push every superficial content restriction to the outer limits.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 4, 2011
While this raunchy Freaky Friday meets Trading Places has some laughs, it's more often frat-boy crass, frantic and formulaic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 4, 2011
Talented people all, and either prisoners of the studio system, which will do anything it takes to reach an audience, or willing players in a soiled playpen.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
August 4, 2011
Delivers consistent laughs, some sincerely touching moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 4, 2011
A lot of it, in fact, is hacky and repellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
August 4, 2011
Raucous and entertaining but unexciting.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 4, 2011
The body-swapping premise, which is stale to begin with, isn't explored with any depth, unless you find meaningful Freudian subtext in the movie's relentless anal fixation.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 4, 2011
The filmmakers are under the mistaken impression that in order for a gag to work, the audience should gag from the gross-out situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 4, 2011
Reynolds speaks in obscenities the way bad bakeries use cupcake icing, and Bateman is almost bitterly uptight. But the movie largely fulfills the promise of the swap.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 4, 2011
The Change-Up, like so many American movies, feels like the product of sex-phobic 12-year-old boys whose response to the big, bad world is to run back to mommy's leg.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Reader
August 4, 2011
They're good at their specialties -- Reynolds's casual jock studliness and Bateman's nervous white-collar introversion -- and they're even better at switching into the other guy's shtick and mannerisms.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 4, 2011
I still think it's a funny movie, but given its genes, it's a bit of a slacker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
August 4, 2011
Has the faults of raucous recent scatological comedies like Bad Teacher, Horrible Bosses, and The Hangover Part II with none of their redeeming facets.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 4, 2011
Ultimately, "The Change-Up" offers a few laughs, and fewer surprises.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 4, 2011
It has a low opinion of men, a lower opinion of women, and the lowest opinion of the intelligence of its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 3, 2011
There's one consolation, and that's in watching the stars play opposite what is 
 often their type of guy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
August 3, 2011
...stifle your inner censor and give this half-smart, deliciously transgressive mess of a movie a chance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 3, 2011
It's hard not to be disappointed with "The Change-Up," which in the end follows the basic conventions of the switched-identity genre, if more profanely, changing up not much at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 3, 2011
It all seems a little tired and, more importantly, not as funny as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 3, 2011
The Change-Up drags on endlessly, held together with scatology, flatulence and masturbation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
August 3, 2011
Has the moment finally arrived when we look back upon Freaky Friday as a model of comedic sophistication?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 3, 2011
[It's] all over the place in tone, veering awkwardly from some daring comic moments to feel-good sappiness and back again in hopes of redeeming some semblance of edginess.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
August 2, 2011
While the reliable Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman wring some laughs from a creaky but durable setup... the script takes R-rated gross-out humor to such forced extremes that its later bid for sentimental sweetness feels disingenuous and unearned.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 2, 2011
The Change-Up bravely attempts to revive the dormant subgenre but it's a lame effort that grows increasingly frantic and foul-mouthed as the realization sets in that the gimmick isn't working.
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
August 2, 2011
If the trailer for The Change-Up looks bad -- and it does -- it's because Universal saved all the jokes for the actual movie.
| Original Score: B+
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
August 2, 2011
Pivots on the discrepancy in life experience and hipness between an adult and an adolescent, and, uh, distinguishes itself by maintaining an extreme, puerile worldview while finding a way to wedge "adult language" into virtually every sentence