Date Night Reviews

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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