Baggage Claim is almost masochistically cheesy, with zero surprise. But Patton glides through it like Jennifer Aniston with a touch of Audrey Hepburn.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Glossy, flossy and blithely secure in its own cheerfully fake worldview, "Baggage Claim" bypasses the intellect entirely, happy to satisfy on a silly, screwball, wish-fulfillment level.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Enough to make Black Jesus weep in despair at the failure of filmmaking fundamentals.
Ernest Hardy - Village Voice
The results are so forgettable - and, yes, fake - it hardly seems worth the effort required to criticize them.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Takes the bold position that women aren't truly fulfilled unless they're on the arm of a good husband, a notion that's been ridiculous since cavemen stopped dragging women around by the hair.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Talbert has clearly studied what makes similar films click, but instead of finding a fresh spin on old cliches, he merely repeats them.
Peter Debruge - Variety
There's little chance of finding realism or romance, but the laughs are there.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
Centering on a desperate-to-wed flight attendant, this rom-com gets little mileage from its harebrained premise.
Sheri Linden - Hollywood Reporter
For a chick flick that meets the first two criteria of the Bechdel Test (it has at least two women who talk to each other), "Baggage Claim" fails the third (about something besides a man) big time.
Annlee Ellingson - Los Angeles Times
In a year when movies by and about African-Americans jockey for awards, Baggage Claim is a reminder that mediocrity is color blind. It's entirely possible for gifted black artists to (create) sporadically charming but ultimately dumb entertainment.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Writer/director David E. Talbert relents to cliches but doesn't feel confined by them, like an undemanding airline passenger who can stretch out in economy class.
Radheyan Simonpillai - NOW Toronto
A recycled and contrived romantic comedy that suggests that no matter what else she might have going for her, a woman cannot have true happiness without a husband.
Paul Doro - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Occasionally provides a glimpse of a merry movie that's relaxed and funny, with the cast managing to convey charisma. However, Talbert doesn't approve of this clarity for very long, hurriedly replacing natural charms with plastic ones.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
This is one disappointing rom-com bomb, with a talented supporting cast -- Djimon Hounsou, Taye Diggs, Trey Songz, Boris Kodjoe and Tia Mowry-Hardrict among others -- counted among the collateral damage.
Dann Gire - Daily Herald (IL)
It would have been better for all concerned if [it] had been consigned to that limbo where lost luggage winds up, never to be heard from again.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Patton, who excels at projecting confidence and cool, can't seem to get a handle on the movie's insecure heroine, and overcompensates with broadly cartoonish gestures and facial contortions.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - AV Club
[A] cliched romantic comedy by writer-director David E. Talbert.
Soren Anderson - Seattle Times
Baggage that would best be lost
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
The plot is so non-threatening it actually becomes abusive.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
With the year's worst comedic performance (non-Kevin James division), Patton's playing a human-shaped bubble, or perhaps a puppy who switched bodies with its owner.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Patton tries WAY too hard in this cute idea gone wrong comedy.
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Writer-director David E. Talbert adapts his own 2003 novel into something as useless as it is implosive.
R. Kurt Osenlund - Slant Magazine
Painfully unfunny and entirely unromantic, "Baggage Claim" offers a woefully outdated look at the challenges of finding true love, boosted from mediocrity only occasionally by a handful of supporting performances.
Todd Gilchrist - The Wrap
Talbert's directing is on par with a prescription-drug commercial ...
Jenna Scherer - Time Out New York
A wildly contrived but pleasantly frothy romcom about a youngish single woman on an urgent search for Mr Right.
John Hazelton - Screen International