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
Predictability and cliches get in the way of comedy here, especially with a lead character who rarely comes across as more than blandly sweet.
Nicolas Rapold - New York Times
It would have worked better if the silly premise had been played for farcical satire, rather than following the cookie-cutter rules of the romantic comedy playbook.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
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
Convoluted, predictable, and mostly unfunny ...
Peter Keough - Boston Globe
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
Benign but hopelessly dumb, "Baggage Claim" tries to spin the staples of romantic comedy into a mad tea party (its perfect suitor is named Mr. Wright), but lacks the energy and edge.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Man, "Baggage Claim" is terrible.
Tom Long - Detroit 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
Nothing in this movie would actually happen, so what's irritating is that it presents itself as a savvy, "Am I right, ladies?" dating commentary.
Sara Stewart - New York Post
Baggage Claim is the lost luggage of rom-coms.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
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
Dutifully assembles crowd-pleasing cliches and chick-lit tropes as if following instructions from an IKEA rom-com catalog.
Sean Burns - Metro
A tired and manipulative comedy, this new film is one of the most creatively-inert flicks of the year.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
There must be better material out there for [Paula Patton] somewhere.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
If the dating process depicted here is humiliating for the character of Montana Moore, it's liberating for Paula Patton: The actress reveals herself to be a sort of sexier Lucille Ball, agreeably sacrificing her dignity in pursuit of laughs.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
It's fun in a dumb kind of way, but it sets feminism back several decades.
David Aldridge - Radio Times
As the end credits finally rolled, the best review was uttered by a woman in the row behind me: "This is the kind of movie they'll show on Starz in a couple months and you'll watch when you're really bored."
David Noh - Film Journal International
An utterly anodyne romcom with nothing to surprise and less to offend.
Mark Kermode - Observer [UK]
Talbert adapted his script from a novel he wrote in 2003, which you have to assume had wipe-clean pages and a squeaker hidden inside the front cover.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
A serious contender for the worst commercial release of 2013.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
A plot and a script that would be better aired in a cheesy ballad, or even a hairspray commercial.
- Daily Mail [UK]
Patton is sunny and likeable but her behaviour is bonkers and the movie nose-dives towards oblivion.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Romcom fans deserve something with more heart.
Sloppy and predictable, Baggage Claim is a cliched and unoriginal rom-com, thanks to some mediocre performances and an unimaginative script ...
Jennifer Tate - ViewLondon
This is the sort of script you imagine came with little hearts over the 'i's instead of dots. With no jokes to freshen it up, it's cheesier than a ripe camembert in an unwashed sock.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
David E Talbert's romcom is the filmic equivalent of a frying pan to the skull.
Ken McIntyre - Total Film
A romantic comedy that gets its charm from Paula Patton's performance.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
If you're the type of person who can offer a three minute impassioned defense of Fool's Gold or more than five reasons why Just Like Heaven is worth grabbing out of a five dollar bin, paying to see this movie is far from a horrible idea.
The film is aggressively shallow and superficial in its attitude toward contemporary romance, and it hardly presents a realistic portrayal of the plight of single women. But at least it's equally insulting to members of both genders.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
Patton is best at contagious bliss. She might be the best at it. When she smiles, you smile. You want her to have what she wants even when how she wants it is stupid.
A lame comedy that looks like it was made - and belongs - in the 60's. Despite a game cast this movie is broad without being even remotely believable.
Pete Hammond - Movieline
Packs light and plays it safe.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
A few tweaks here and there, and this good movie could have been a very good and even great movie. As it is, 'Baggage Claim' ultimately succeeds chiefly because Patton is so appealing in the lead role. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Teddy Durgin - Screen It!
The performers all wring what they can from this lackluster script, but the final result is a dumb if pleasant film.
Perry Seibert - TV Guide's Movie Guide
A pleasant, if predictable, romantic comedy trading in the same sort of moralizing and colorful characters of a typical Tyler Perry production. The only thing missing is a sassy, self-righteous, pistol-packing granny in a dress.
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
The worst movie of the year so far. Period.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Because of all the gee-whiz glitter in your eyes, it's hard - for extended periods - not to be charmed by this largely stupid and personality-free little confection.
Witney Seibold - CraveOnline
Baggage Claim should be left behind at the carousel.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
A romantic comedy so light and brainless you almost expect it to float away.
G. Allen Johnson - San Francisco Chronicle
"Baggage Claim" is so archaic in its depiction of feminine self-worth-and, frankly, so insulting-it's amazing that it's coming out in 2013, not 1963.
Christy Lemire - RogerEbert.com
A harmless romance-fantasy that avoids normal rom-com gender double-standards, misogyny, and/or misandry - but with gooey life-lessons that are only partly earned.
Sandy Schaefer - ScreenRant
A painfully predictable romance, and a terribly unfunny comedy.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Built around unimaginative direction and an even less imaginative script, it's a textbook example of a formula film. Still, there are minor charms to be found.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
A shrill, embarrassing comedy that insults the female audience for which it is intended.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
There's so much sincere sweetness and flighty fun that writer-director David E. Talbert, star Paula Patton, and all involved earn their old-fashioned happily ever after.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Paula Patton is one of those actresses who seem to light up the screen whenever they appear, but even her considerable charms can't quite make Baggage Claim tolerable.
"Baggage Claim" isn't so much a movie as it is a pastiche of rom-com cliches.
Molly Eichel - Philadelphia Daily News
Predictable romcom sends iffy messages about love, marriage.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
"First of all, this is the stupidest idea ever," someone says, in Baggage Claim. Unfortunately, nobody listened.
Nathalie Atkinson - National Post
Paula Patton is too likable to take a pathetic role like this!
- Us Weekly
There's no way you will fall in love with Baggage Claim, but there's a good chance you'll like it.
Rick Bentley - Fresno Bee
Baggage that would best be lost
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.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.
A movie strangled by convoluted plotting and an attitude toward women [and] marriage...far less progressive than the filmmakers seem to think.
Nathan Rabin - The Dissolve
Here, the central dramatic question of whether or not Montana will find the right guy is not even a question but a promise.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
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
Isn't terrible and is actually pretty charming - but it feels dated and strictly sticks to the established genre format, playing out like a dusted-off script Jennifer Lopez had sitting on her shelf since the early 2000s.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
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
Paula Patton puts on the well-worn shoes of Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts, ending up with a predictable vehicle perhaps best left in lost and found.
Kevin C. Johnson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
[A] cliched romantic comedy by writer-director David E. Talbert.
Soren Anderson - Seattle Times
This "Baggage" is excess.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
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
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
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
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
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
The plot is so non-threatening it actually becomes abusive.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Writer-director David E. Talbert adapts his own 2003 novel into something as useless as it is implosive.
R. Kurt Osenlund - Slant Magazine
Patton tries WAY too hard in this cute idea gone wrong comedy.
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.
Talbert's directing is on par with a prescription-drug commercial ...
Jenna Scherer - Time Out
A wildly contrived but pleasantly frothy romcom about a youngish single woman on an urgent search for Mr Right.
John Hazelton - Screen International