“Dawm, I Love Tina Fey”
“IT Could Have Been Funnier, But Also It Worked Well With Just The Way It Was, Plus, Mark Wahlberg Is Not Too Bad To Look At Either.”
“Absolutely Hysterical! A Must See For Every Married Couple!”
“Should Have Been SO Much Funnier!”
“Funniest Film Of 2010 Thus Far”
“That's Real Nice Of Her, Wanting To Have The Sex With Us And All...”
“Sizzling Chemistry Cannot Overcome The Vapid Script.”
Carell and Fey project an intellectual sharpness and an understanding of what's important in life - and what's ridiculous - that are the hallmarks of endearingly sane adults capable of sustaining both a hot career and a warm marriage-with-children.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Mr. Carell and Ms. Fey might have been able to pull it off -- if they had only been permitted to try.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
It's lively stuff with funny lines, droll cameos from Mark Wahlberg and James Franco, and a nice running gag about Jeanne Tripplehorn.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
This is the rare screwball comedy that is superbly paced, cleverly plotted and hilarious from start to finish.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
In the hands of, say, a Greg Kinnear and a Sarah Jessica Parker, the thing could be a disaster. It's not. Not by a long shot.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
Date Night manages to live down to its store-brand title. But it might have worked as a serious comedy about two people trying to resex their marriage and air their mounting grievances.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Through it all, Carell and Fey are charming and sly.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
The movie's stars, Steve Carell and Tina Fey, are exactly what they seem. They're perfect casting in a short, sweet comedy that makes the most of their genial gifts until it loses its sense of proportion.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Carell and Fey really are like Fred and Ginger, so smooth and sure-footed in their comic grace(lessness) and timing.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
The screenplay, by Josh Klausner, proves that the easy laugh isn't always the best.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Date Night" is not exactly "Scenes From a Marriage," and yet, with Carell and Fey delivering both raucous comedy and real characters, "Date Night" is surprisingly smart, funny and sweet.
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
In three or four scenes, they get a rhythm going, but the editing is smash-and-bash. Shawn Levy is not a director who honors performers' rhythms.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
Fey, in particular, finds herself in the situation of a prima ballerina unaccountably dancing with the Rockettes.
David Denby - New Yorker
A movie like Date Night encourages Hollywood comedy to occasionally dial down, and realize that comedy emerges from characters and situations and can't be manufactured from manic stunts and overkill.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
As Date Night revels in how danger and near-death experiences can reignite a marriage, it revels equally in how Carell and Fey can make a formulaic movie seem fresh, simply by virtue of their respective comic chops.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The action plotting is quick and clean and there are some funny supporting turns.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Carell and Fey mine the humor of predictable characters acting unpredictably -- and frequently, they strike gold.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Carell and Fey ... can telegraph anxiety, humiliation and exasperated affection in a glance. They give the film a boost even Levy can't deflate.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Its slapstick story of a married couple enduring outrageous fortune offers a lot of laughs, a bit of romance and plenty for either sex to relate to.
Tom Long - Detroit News
There is some funny stuff here, particularly the asides between Carell and Fey, who have a comfortable chemistry. You can certainly believe that they're a harried married couple.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
A romantic comedy with action, edge and genuine chemistry between its leads, Date Night scores a home run.
Lael Loewenstein - Variety
A reasonably amusing way to pass Saturday night with a significant other.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Watching Carell and Fey in action, trading quips and dodging gunfire as they attempt to make their way home to white-picket-fence suburbia, makes you wonder why it's taken so long to bring these two gifted comics together.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Tina Fey is really funny. Steve Carell is really funny. Date Night stars Tina Fey and Steve Carell. Ergo, Date Night must be really ... sorry, I wish it worked that way almost as much as the studios do. But no.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
What comes as a welcome surprise is how Date Night manages to make sport of romantic movie conventions without being mean about them.
Mary Elizabeth Williams - Salon.com
It gets one crucial element of comic filmmaking right in a way that few recent comedies have. It's cast, down to the smallest role, with genuinely funny performers, people who understand how to time a joke, deliver a setup, underplay a deadpan glance.
Dana Stevens - Slate
As dynamic as the duo of Carell and Fey might be, they prove unable to reverse the trend of padded and forgettable action/comedies.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Steve Carell and Tina Fey make a terrific comic pairing in this entertaining if overly familiar comic thriller.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
These are two of the funniest people ever on television, yet their big-screen Date Night is a dreary, uninspired waste of their talents -- and those of the top-name cast inexplicably appearing in small throwaway roles.
David Germain - Associated Press
It's a lively, often astute piece of marital sociology wrapped up in an action frolic involving an extremely average New Jersey couple.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
Here's proof that Tina Fey and Steve Carell could squeeze laughs out of a phone book.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
A very mild recommendation, only because the immensely funny and appealing stars outshine the pedestrian material. Their respective sitcoms are funnier and more sophisticated than this movie.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
It is diverting, and it gives these two their first chance to work together, yet you can't help but wish that the film functioned on as high a level as its stars do.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
As believable as the story is, it's strange that the filmmakers didn't do more with the talent they had on hand.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Date Night is only ever moderately funny; partially entertaining; quite exciting. It bears the mark of a cinematic no-mark; a bland director whose cast members deserve way better than him.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Levy knows better to simply stay out of the dynamic duo's way and let them do their proven thing.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
... Works as an action-comedy precisely because its characters do not know they are in either a comedy or an action movie.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Ultimately, and thankfully, it's saved by its stars, who carry it all to safety as often as they can.
Dave White - Movies.com
Date Night takes two funny people, puts them in unfunny situations, and has them do and say unfunny things.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Fey, in particular, seems uncomfortable with the shenanigans.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Funny duo packs in the silly sex jokes, plus minor gun play.
Renee Schonfeld - Common Sense Media
It stumbles along as you're forced to sit through quite a bit of umming and aaahing and a car chase that lasts five minutes too long.
Katina Vangopoulos - Cut Print Review
Katina Vangopoulos - Moviedex
The screenplay never takes any particularly sharp, or even interesting turns. Needless to say, North By Northwest is not in risk of losing its crown as the funniest and most-action packed mistaken-identity caper.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Date Night is the perfect three-star comedy. It's not going to set the world on fire, but you'll wish that the rest of the cookie-cutter rubbish coming out of Hollywood was at least this consistently funny and enjoyable.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Thank you, Hangover, for making overly calculated screenplay 101's posing as off-the-cuff works of controlled insanity the norm for mainstream middlebrow comedy.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
If you don't go into this thinking you're going to be laughing constantly, Date Night is a funny film and a fun time.
James Plath - DVDTown.com
James Plath - Reel.com