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Wanderlust Reviews

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 2, 2012
Trust me, this movie doesn't deliver on any level, high or low.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
February 29, 2012
It's hard to remember a comedy so populated with good character bits.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
February 29, 2012
You know you're in trouble when not even the improvised scenes and fluffed out-takes are funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
February 28, 2012
A messy but occasionally very funny satirical comedy...
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 27, 2012
Rudd might not be the subtlest straight man in movies, but, as of this moment, he's the best.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 26, 2012
Being taken under Apatow's wing may have been a big career break for writer-director David Wain, but this lacks the sharp personality of some of his earlier movies.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
February 26, 2012
[The] shaggy but agreeable Wanderlust [is] worth the detour.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
February 24, 2012
Throughout his work, Wain's humor oscillates between sophomoric gags and much wiser behavioral observations -- reasons why it almost makes sense to take him seriously as an artist.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
February 24, 2012
The film's problems go deeper than its outdated source of mockery and its narrative sloppiness. Worse than anything else, it's just not all that funny.
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February 24, 2012
It takes guts to do a comedy this big without gross-out slapstick, and the writers and the actors are all in.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 24, 2012
The leads are charming and although the plot twists are obvious, there are some funny scenes here.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
February 24, 2012
A comedy that looks way better than it actually is set amidst the dreck of late winter releases...
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 24, 2012
Paul Rudd is the best friend a movie comedy can have.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 24, 2012
Much of the movie feels pasted together; the story doesn't flow, it staggers forward.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 24, 2012
As far as your humble correspondent knows, Wanderlust is the first mainstream movie ever to star a Floppy Prosthetic Penis.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 24, 2012
"Wanderlust'' may lack the satiric edge of Albert Brooks' "Lost in America,'' but it does deliver more big laughs than most comedies these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 23, 2012
A shambling mix of cheap laughs and genuinely funny set pieces from writer-director David Wain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
February 23, 2012
'Wanderlust' is equal parts fresh humor and stale jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 23, 2012
Though Wanderlust has a silly-funny premise and moments of inspired lunacy, it wanders aimlessly and runs some weak gags into the ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 23, 2012
"Wanderlust" is an assembly line producing laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 23, 2012
For every few jokes that hit in this story about a recession-battered New York couple finding themselves on a Georgia commune, one sputters and dies.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 23, 2012
So you think you've seen silly? And smarmy? And inept? Wait till you see "Wanderlust," though that's just a figure of speech; I'm not suggesting that you actually lay eyes on this naked grab for box office bucks.
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Kara Nesvig
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 23, 2012
[It] produces tons of laughs in its compact 90 minutes and doesn't overstay its welcome. The bad jokes are bad, but the good ones are great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
February 23, 2012
Wain has always brought a kind of zany sensibility to his films, but he has never seemed more confident coloring outside the lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
February 23, 2012
Buried below the endless penis and poop jokes, a very funny movie lurks, one we only catch glimpses of amid a churning mire of icky stuff and dangling privates.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 23, 2012
This movie has no teeth. It does not want to say anything, other than the unprintable word for penis, over and over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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February 23, 2012
Wain's willingness to do anything for a laugh is a risk that pays off.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 23, 2012
It's an R-rated movie with a fair amount of nudity, a lot of sexual candor, truckloads of unspecified drugs, and more laughs than I've had at the movies in a very long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 23, 2012
Wanderlust has its moments. It's sporadically funny - funny enough to deliver a good laugh or two. The problem is, it doesn't do more than that, and the comedy is inconsistent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 23, 2012
"Wanderlust" feels about as edgy as an early Johnny Carson monologue and slightly less clever than a "Visualize Whirled Peas" bumper-sticker.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 23, 2012
"Wanderlust" achieves a tricky balance: It has enough laugh-out-loud moments that it wins you over, even though the movie as a whole doesn't add up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
February 23, 2012
It's obvious "Wanderlust" was a lot more fun to make than it is to watch. But if you set enough funny people loose in front of a camera, they'll find a way to make you laugh, even if it's in spite of your better judgment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
February 23, 2012
Wanderlust's premise affords it an opportunity to comment insightfully on antithetical but flawed conceptions of the American dream, but any aspirations to satire or social commentary get lost in the film's all-too-easy comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
February 23, 2012
Most of it is pretty funny stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 23, 2012
Wanderlust is not the worst movie you will see all year. But it is not good.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 23, 2012
Despite the calculated advance press about the movie's nudity, polygamy, dirty talk, etc., David Wain's comedy is depressingly banal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 22, 2012
Some jokes get hammered into the ground repeatedly; others go on well past the point of cringe-inducing awkwardness, which is the point. But some do reach the levels of brilliant, unfettered lunacy to which they aspire.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 22, 2012
Every actor who gets the joke shines, even when the story occasionally bumbles and bobbles its momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
February 22, 2012
If the ensuing plot beats are easy to chart in advance, they're sold by a good-natured cast and filmmakers who understand they'll get plenty of laughs even without digging too deep in the bag of tricks displayed in outings like The Ten.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
February 22, 2012
Despite some amusing moments, everyone simply works too hard at providing rambunctious zaniness, until one grows painfully aware the inevitable outtakes reel will be superior to the movie.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
February 22, 2012
None of the hilarity is enough to keep Wanderlust from feeling like a late-night comedy-show sketch stretched to feature length. But why look a giggle-prone gift horse in the mouth?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5