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The Guilt Trip Reviews

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J. Hoberman
Tablet
May 5, 2016
The Guilt Trip struck me something best viewed on an airplane.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 21, 2012
Andrew [Rogen], who has invented an organic cleaning compound, pitches it to retailers in a succession of meetings across the country that have no grounding in any known reality.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 21, 2012
The Guilt Trip pairs Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand in the hope, no doubt, that sparks will fly. They don't.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 21, 2012
Rogen and Streisand are reasonably funny together, though Rogen, always best when he's angry, is crowded into the role of a well-mannered straight man.
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
December 21, 2012
To its detriment, The Guilt Trip opts to work gently on the heart rather than hard on the funny bone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
December 20, 2012
A breezy, funny and warm road-trip comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
December 20, 2012
The Guilt Trip is clearly targeted at older audiences less than receptive to the crude jokes that made Seth Rogen famous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
December 20, 2012
It zigs when you expect it to zag. It's perceptive and thoughtful as it swerves around potholes that easily could have broken an axle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 20, 2012
It takes more than a few wrong turns. And once you've reached the end, you have no urge to ever do it again.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
December 19, 2012
While Streisand and Rogen's relationship is smartly, affectionately drawn, just about every other element of the movie feels perfunctory ...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 19, 2012
[It] doesn't take every predictable detour, but it takes enough that the movie never ceases to feel overly familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 19, 2012
"The Guilt Trip" is tripe, but it's tripe that knows its audience. Seriously, take your mother. It'll be a mitzvah.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
December 19, 2012
Streisand and Rogen have expert instincts, and their interplay is a pleasure to watch. And the movie is surprisingly gentle in its application of conventional movie wisdom and avoidance of easy gross-out humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 19, 2012
[A] lifeless comedy about an overbearing mother and her exasperated adult son ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 19, 2012
Eight days in a car with these two is like eight weeks with shingles.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 19, 2012
Are we there yet?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 19, 2012
These two have the aging mother-son dynamic of kvetching, fawning and battling down so well the film is sold right from the beginning.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 19, 2012
No movie should credibly simulate the experience of being stuck in a car with Barbra Streisand for eight days. Not unless it's being billed as "a spine-tingling tale of modern horror."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 18, 2012
Embarrassing dreck, masquerading as comedy ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 18, 2012
This is one seriously uncomfortable movie, especially considering that it's being presented as a feel-good comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
December 18, 2012
The Guilt Trip works because we all know and like a Joyce Brewster (or dozens of them).
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 18, 2012
Some movies are all about chemistry, and "The Guilt Trip" has enough to fill a lab.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 18, 2012
Something rare: a warm and insightful comedy about a mother and her grown son.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
December 18, 2012
One of the few points of interest in the film is trying to decide which car scenes were done with a towing rig and which were green-screen process shots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
December 18, 2012
The Guilt Trip is like getting rice pudding for dessert: it's sweet, simple and will do when you can't get anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Fear
Time Out
December 18, 2012
Rogen and Streisand have a genuinely complementary chemistry, feeding off each other in a way that suggests that, given a halfway decent script, the two would make a better-than-decent screen duo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
December 18, 2012
Pairing Rogen and Streisand turns out to be inspired.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
December 18, 2012
May occasionally err on the side of innocuousness, but at least it explores actual facets of the mother-adult son relationship without veering into caricature.
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Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 18, 2012
It's the entertainment equivalent of a good roadside-diner meal. No big belly laughs, but quite a few chuckles. No catharsis, but some really sweet moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 18, 2012
The chief pleasures of this mild-mannered dud lie in watching two resourceful comic actors go through their paces like the pros they are.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 18, 2012
It's formulaic but sweet, in its way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Frank Lovece
Newsday
December 18, 2012
Despite some funny offhand moments, "The Guilt Trip" doesn't jell. I almost feel guilty for saying that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 17, 2012
Streisand is her own once-in-a-lifetime trip, looking gawjuss with that divine voice and those killer fingernails.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
December 17, 2012
The shtick doesn't stick in this kvetchfest with few laughs.
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Andrew Barker
Variety
December 17, 2012
A timid, modestly pleasant time-passer distinguished mostly by its unexplored potential.