“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
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
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 - 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 - Movie Metropolis
James Plath - Reel.com
This weak-kneed comedy is guilty of many sins.
Chris Barsanti - PopMatters
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
The combination of America's two best comedic talents in Steve Carell and Tina Fey makes Date Night a film worth watching.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Date Night succeeds chiefly in making the work that its two stars do on the same major television network seem anything but mainstream.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
While the Carell/Fey pairing looks like a winner on paper, Date Night somehow just isn't that funny.
t's a funny movie and might snatch a few knowing nods from married couples with young children; at the very least, it's a consistently engaging, warmly silly adventure.
Brian Orndorf - Dark Horizons
And a good time was had by all!
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Thank goodness, then, that the well-paired leads are as charming and, yes, relatable, as ever. They're not really boring, even if the movie is.
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
[It] feels like a movie designed as a cash machine, with little real entertainment value other than a couple of cameos, and about a half dozen chuckles.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
For a film that doesn't even scrape the 90-minute mark, Date Night takes an awfully long time to end.
- Times [UK]
Here's hoping Steve Carell and Tina Fey will be offered more opportunities to work with scripts and filmmakers who allow them to reach their potential together rather than material that forces them to rescue it.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Todo esta jugado al carisma y el histrionismo comico de sus estrellas, que comparten algunos momentos graciosos. Pero esta lejos de ser el verdadero vehiculo de lucimiento que los admiradores de Tina Fey y Steve Carell esperan.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
What should be hilarious only ends up sort of amusing. Is it bad to only be amused? Not as such,but considering how hard they are clearly working to overcome the execution...
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Representa uma imensa oportunidade perdida de explorar os talentos de Carell e Fey, que certamente poderiam formar uma dupla bastante eficaz caso estivessem trabalhando com um material melhor.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Shawn Levy tries to smash the fun with an unnecessary over-the-top car chase, but the stars are so likable they keep our interest on track.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
The movie passes the time, but what a misuse of resources!
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Fey and Carell are as good a tag-team comedy duo as Lucy and Desi, maybe even Tracy and Hepburn -- charismatic comedians who have amazing chemistry together.
Brett McCracken - Christianity Today
When sharp and funny performers like Steve Carell and Tina Fey are running on all cylinders, their vehicle doesn't have to be that classy.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
Carell and Fey could probably make "Ishtar" worth watching. Wait a minute...I liked "Ishtar." Dustin and Warren rocked!
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
It's pure nonsense, but the film has so much going for it that you don't care.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Okay, this is only a farcical fable, but with another director it might have been a little more than that.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
"Date Night" provided just the escape you need without pretending to be someone else, so go out and enjoy it!
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
In timing, delivery, and charisma, Tina Fey and Steve Carell are exactly who they always are, and this is a good thing.
Todd R. Ramlow - PopMatters
Proves the value of having talented performers who can elevate mediocre material enough to wring genuine laughs out of it.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
It perhaps fizzles out towards the end but otherwise zips along very engagingly. The only challenge for the target audience will be finding the time to see it.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
What holds Date Night together are the ways Carell and Fey get laughs and their effortless ability to convey the ups and downs of the Fosters' marriage.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
feels like it was written by a computer program, and when it works, it is only because of the canny casting of its leads
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
A likable lark that just makes the cut due largely to the appeal of stars Steve Carell and Tina Fey.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
It's lively stuff with funny lines, droll cameos from Mark Wahlberg and James Franco, and a nice running gag about Jeanne Tripplehorn.
Where Date Night never lets us down is in the core believability of the Fosters, who love each other and are credibly bewildered as they find themselves catapulted into a dangerous alien world.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
It's not that Fey and Carell don't make for a convincing onscreen couple; they simply overplay their 'embarrassing parent' shtick far too early and are left spitting cheap soundbites at each other in a genial, neverending bout of one-upmanship.
Adam Woodward - Little White Lies
The pair have impeccable comic timing, and an easy rapport which helps create a wholly believable core to what is essentially a totally outlandish plot.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
The movie's not breaking any new boundaries but it's not trying to. It's a broad, likeable comedy with a couple of moments of genius thrown in. A great night out at the cinema.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Date Night is a comedy in which writing and direction don't matter. That's not funny.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
Date Night wants to be all things to all film goers: comedy, couples movie, stonking thriller. But more isn't always more.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
Carell and Fey are good company and work hard, but this is still a formulaic tale that will look most at home on the back of an airplane seat. In other words, A Shawn Levy Film.
Nick De Semlyen - Empire Magazine
The key to Date Night is to leave your brain at the door. You'll be amply rewarded for it, though it won't give you much to talk about on a date.
Quentin Clarke - Film4
Fey and Carell are better than this, but when the other options in the action-romcom territory include such efforts as The Bounty Hunter, who's complaining?
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
You have to take a few infeasible plot leaps, but the chemistry between the leads, and their sheer likeability factor, carry them through the silly slapstick.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
Like Scorsese's After Hours, the joke hinges on turning everything into a paranoid screwball fantasy of what might happen if you take your eye off the ball for one evening. But it feels fresh.
Antonia Quirke - Financial Times
Levy permits himself a contrived car chase, but otherwise reins in his devotion to madcap action, producing a warm film that will strike chords with long-term couples.
Jay Richardson - Future Movies UK
Tina and Steve have taken an uninspired concept and uninspiring colleagues, and whipped up a film that works better than you'd dare hope.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Thankfully, while Date Night has more than it's fair share of flaws, Carell and Fey's chemistry, charm and wit elevate the film into something positively watchable.
Matt Risley - Sky Movies
The presence of Carell and Fey lifts this comedy far beyond what it could have been. Their sharp improvisational skills give us a terrific look at a slightly tired marriage, even as the plot gets increasingly trite.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
All in all, it's an amazing film and easily the best thing to come out of Hollywood in 2010. Oh, wait a minute. None of that's true.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
Hugely enjoyable, sharply written and frequently hilarious comedy with a pair of note-perfect comic performances from Steve Carell and Tina Fey.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Date Night isn't a comedy classic but it is undeniably a lot of fun, and easily hits the laugh quota.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
Carell and Fey worked well as a team, despite the limitation of the vehicle
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Like a great date, Date Night has lots to laugh at, lots to look at, and ends with a climax that leaves everyone smiling.
Giles Hardie - Sydney Morning Herald
The chemistry between Carell and Fey is pure fire--they feed off each other, and thus feed audiences several big laughs in the process.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Stand this movie up.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
We all have the same problems whether we're suburbanites or strippers. That's a healthy perspective.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
Despite the genial banter of Steve Carell and Tina Fey, it's a comedy with so few laughs it could be prosecuted under the Trade Descriptions Act.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
The talented cast, anchored by Steve Carell and Tina Fey, makes Date Night far better than it could have been. The stars give an old-fashioned spin a la Nick and Nora of the "Thin Man" thrillers and Tracy and Hepburn
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A comfortable and good-natured effort, constantly enjoyable and frequently hilarious.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
What the film turned out to be is a good movie but not a great one.
Janos Gereben - Entertainment Insiders
There are no original set-ups, but Carell's discomfort and Fey's futile attempts to rationalise an increasingly ridiculous situation are consistently amusing.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
Steve Carrell and Tina Fey could be the new William Powell and Myrna Loy
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
The main delight here is the combination of Carell and Fey, both accomplished comedians, who succeed in making "a boring married couple from New Jersey" not only engaging heroes but believable ones.
David Stratton - The Australian
The most apparent problem is the screenplay, which can find little vitality in the tired tale of a bored married couple mistakenly targeted by gangsters.
Leigh Paatsch - Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Levy, despite the wit and chemistry of his leads and a killer line-up of cameos (James Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Mila Kunis), manages to make the whole thing feel like a one-season sit-com crammed onto a DVD.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
It's a shame the film hasn't been developed to its full comic potential.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Date Night offers us a number of first-class passengers who have been packed into a Yugo of a movie.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The cameos keep Date Night feeling like a ragtag, amiable gathering of funny people who enjoy each other's company, rather than the cynical piece of action-comedy crap it actually is.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
Good but not great - with Fey and Carell it should have been better
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
The perfect date movie!
Kam Williams - TheLoop21.com
As far as it works, it's due almost exclusively to Fey and Carell, who do a superhuman amount of work in dragging the funny out.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
One minute its forced slapstick, the next it's a bullet-riddled car chase--and neither works.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Intermittently amusing action comedy with two deservedly well-liked stars whose ad-libs unfortunately aren't as funny as they think.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
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.
Surprise: Calculation leads to diverting pleasure in this engineered from top to bottom studio movie.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
Steve Carell and Tina Fey manage to be funny without ever seeming superior to the slipshod material.
Tim Grierson - The Simon
Unapologetocally funny. Here's hoping enough couples chose it as their date night fodder so the naturally entertaining Carell and Fey get to do it all over again. And soon.
Sean O'Connell - Hollywood News
Turning in its share of laugh out loud moments, Date Night, a return to the comedy caper films of years ago, owes much to the wit and sharp improv skills of stars Fey and Carell.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Definitely go on this Date.
Kit Bowen - The Movie Kit
a competent and engaging little comedy that delivers on its premise without demanding more from the audience than their enjoyment.
Todd Gilchrist - H Magazine
...the affable vibe inevitably gives way to an emphasis on increasingly over-the-top action sequences...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Carell and Fey are gifted comedians, as anyone familiar with their TV work can attest. They both deserve a better outing than 'Date Night.'
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
It pales in comparison to Scorsese's brilliant "After Hours." But the theme is the same: Crazy things can happen when ordinary people go outside of their comfort zones.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
There is no doubt that Fey and Carell have unbelievable comic timing. They play off one another so well that they really seem married.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"Date Night" is one of those little gems that, 20 years from now, you'll stumble across on late night TV and relish all over again.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
That the leads manage to get off some good lines in spite of all this nonsense is a testament to them
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
I will admit that I laughed out loud several times during this film. Both Carell and Fey do a great job working with the rest of the cast.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Somehow, in an act of sheer alchemy, this silly, preposterous, absurd story has been turned into one of the funniest movies I've seen in many months.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
The blooper outtakes over the end credits are funnier than the entire movie.The standout cameo belongs to J.B. Smoove playing a...
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
Pokerfaced Steve Carell and Tina Fey play Phil and Claire. Both do dead-on deadpan. It alone sells steak that doesn't have much sizzle.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Although played strictly for laughs, this entertaining comedy also boasts plenty of action, thrills and suspense.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
The film achieves the impressive feat of squandering Steve Carell and Tina Fey.
Robert Levin - Critic's Notebook
Not a perfect comedy by any stretch of the imagination but it is definitely a crowd-pleasing effort that should more than deliver on the promise of its title for millions of couples worldwide.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
Stale, insipid and silly...if you stay for the end-credit blooper outtakes, it becomes obvious from their banter that Fey and Carrell could have been far funnier if they'd improvised.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Date Night is an OK comedy. But that's not good enough.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Much as I would prefer to see the subtler Carell of Dan in Real Life comically negotiate a struggling marriage to Fey, we're in a land of gunfire and super-computers.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
refreshingly eschews the raunchy, despite the stripper pole and what is done to a chicken nugget that is genuinely disturbing. Instead, it is smartly acted, cleverly directed, while proving that wildly funny and wildly romantic can be a perfect match
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Best supporting character whose nudity is also a plot point: Mark Wahlberg...
Jen Yamato - Movies.com
The picture has so much going for it that you're happy to let it lift you up and sweep you away.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Tina Fey and Steve Carell deserve better. Their effortless comic timing together is the only thing to recommend "Date Night," but that's enough to make it worth your time.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A broadly promising premise and well-matched stars prove no match for an abominably unfunny screenplay and the work of the poisonously untalented Shawn Levy.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
It's an intelligent action comedy, told from the vantage point of 'after' after the 'happily ever after.' And starring two of the funniest people in America, you just may want to save the date.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
While wobbly at times, Date Night is a perfectly pleasant, often uproarious action comedy...Even with Shawn Levy directing, the picture is a consistent delight.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
There are funny moments. But Date Night wallows too often in derivative movie mode, with goons from central casting, sappy sentiment, and a protracted car chase.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
In a world of two hour and thirty-minute films comes a funny, action-packed 87 minute flick that packs a great entertaining punch. Fey, Carell and Wahlberg are hilarious."
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
The premise might be a little outrageous and stolen from a great episode of Seinfeld, but it is funnier than I expected.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
I would rather have sat through an hour and forty minutes of outtakes of this film than watch the film.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Made passable by two veteran comedians who know when to look bad when going for the laughs.
Date Night isn't brilliant or hilarious, but it's something perhaps even more rare. It's consistent, brisk and charmingly lightweight.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
We're here because we want to see Fey and Carell.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
suggests the neutered offspring of Martin Scorsese's After Hours and James Cameron's True Lies
Chris Cabin - Filmcritic.com
Parental Content Review
Jim Judy - Screen It!
It works beautifully as a benign date flick.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Outrageously funny, thrilling and heart-warming. It's a triumphant action comedy and the first great date movie of the year. Tina Fey and Steve Carell are pure comic gold.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Like Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on The Dick Van Dyke Show, Carell and Fey are witty together, sexy together and most important of all, believable together.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Date Night is worth hiring a sitter to see ... but only for the Fey/Carell connection.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
There's a looming gulf in Date Night between the quality of the actors and the phone-it-in script by Josh Klausner.
Sarah Boslaugh - Playback:stl
A terrible plot can't stop Carell and Fey from being my new favorite fake married couple. I demand they rejoin forces on the big screen at least every two years.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
[T]hat Carell and Fey manage to maintain their gosh-darn likeability... is the most surprising thing about this otherwise aggressively mediocre flick...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
- National Post
Nothing is more frustrating than seeing potential wasted or put to poor use. With names like John Klausner and Shawn Levy behind the scenes, however, this movie didn't stand a chance.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Steve Carell and Tina Fey are perfectly matched as a boring married couple on a date from hell in New York City. Their chemistry is infectious.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
It's the kind of comedy that, as it runs out of jokes, resorts to destroying cars.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
This shrill caper is more like a blind date between fingernail and chalkboard.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Instead of shooting for 'It Happened One Night,' it opts for being 'The Hangover' for married people.
Stephen Himes - Film Snobs
Featuring inspired casting, gleeful performances and smoothly handled story transitions, Date Night employs Steve Carell's and Tina Fey's peerless knack for selling absurdist lines to deliver something resembling a comedy classic.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
Couples that have been married for a while seem to be the target audience for Date Night... If you're in that category you'll either find it mildly amusing - or that it hits a little too close to home.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
A funny film about the crazy adventures of a bored suburban couple in which they rediscover their love for each other.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Harmless action-comedy rests on the considerable comedic shoulders of its two stars but generates few real laughs.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Aside from the part where Steve Carell climbs onto the hood of a sports car during a high-speed gun fight, Date Night is funny because it's true.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
A constant stream of expert guest performers in supporting roles keeps the movie fresh and energetic.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Steve Carell and Tina Fey's partnership as the lynchpins of NBC's Thursday night schedule is crudely translated to the big screen in Date Night, a creaky comedy only tolerable thanks to its stars' likeability.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
That rare high-concept action-comedy that not only earns every one of its fairly consistent big laughs, but also provides a certain amount of pathos, too.
It's exactly as funny as a Steve Carell-Tina Fey movie should be.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Flashes of funny throughout indicate the comedic gem that could have been with better direction and writing.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
It's better than anything I expected from the guy who remade Cheaper by the Dozen.
Jake Wilson - The Age (Australia)
The jokes were as much about the doldrums of married life as about the absurd and hair raising situations in which the pair find themselves. I also thought it had one of the funnier car chases I've seen for years.
Julie Rigg - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Levy and writer Josh Klausner wisely decide to remain in the background and let their stars do their thing.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
In Date Night, Carell is the cake batter that holds up Fey's icing.
Ramin Setoodeh - Newsweek
You leave the theater satisfied yet strangely displeased. That's what happens when good actors are stranded in a lame movie that is not worthy of their talents.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Josh Klausner wrote the screenplay, but it really does seem as though some of its funniest lines were ad-libbed. Either that or Klausner deserves credit for tailoring a screenplay so completely to his actors so as to make it seem that they wrote it.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
What the film cries out for most is a quality supporting player. Where are Dwight Schrute and Tracy Jordan when you need them?
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
It's precisely because the Fosters are so damn normal and relatable that we care about them. The casting of Fey and Carell is integral to this.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
Different friom run-of-the-mill romantic comedies--which is all to the good, but not terribly funny--which isn't.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A pass. Although the film could have been much funnier if it had been allowed to be edgier, Carell and Fey turn out to be a believable couple of marrieds...
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Date Night could have been another The Bounty Hunter -- a DOA movie-star romantic comedy mixed with implausible action/adventure. But instead it's the happiest of surprises: a genuinely sweet, funny movie.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
For all the problems, Carell and Fey keep us interested in finding out what happens to their characters. We want them to make it out of Manhattan safely, and for them to have some actual fun.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
What makes Date Night work are its stars.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
Fey and Carell do all the worthwhile work, and they're good together, kind of the anti-glamour inverse of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
If Date Night doesn't itself quite justify a date night -- really, do you know what sitters charge these days? -- it'll be a fun rent in six months.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
It's got a little something for everyone and it's actually perfect for a date night out.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
A skeleton praying its leads will bring it to life.
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
Even in down seasons, a Thursday block of "The Office" and "30 Rock" delivers better writing, tighter direction and more laughs than 88 minutes of "Date Night." For free.
Dan Fienberg - HitFix
There's something genuine and more than a little sad at the core of Levy's poorly staged, modestly amusing comedy, but it isn't the part that involves flash drives, blackmail, and glowering, gun-toting bad guys.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
Channeling 1970's 'The Out of Towners,' if you make it past the first 10-15 minutes, you're in for a good time.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
This manic story of mistaken identity is a disappointing waste of its talented leads.
Gavin Bond - Sunday Times (Australia)
You might find yourself laughing despite yourself, and more than the movie deserves.
Annlee Ellingson - Moving Pictures Magazine
There was probably never going to be a huge amount of great jokes to be found in this scenario no matter who was in the movie. Nevertheless, Carell and Fey do not really 'click' with either each other, or their respective roles.
Leigh Paatsch - Courier Mail (Australia)
Carell and Fey continue to prove that they can hold our attention with a combination of goofball wit, impeccable timing and a direct commitment to the stories they are trying to tell with their characters.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Fey and Carell both show why they are so highly regarded, bringing pitch-perfect comedic timing to their parts as they bounce material off each other like it's the most natural thing in the world.
Andreas Heinemann - Flicks.co.nz
Two comedians walk into a thriller.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Imagine it: Liz Lemon and Michael Scott. Married with kids. I want to go to there.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
While it may not be the most ambitious comedy that you will see anytime soon, it will have you laughing a lot
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Despite the suitability of the casting and the naturalistic performances of the stars, Date Night never breaks out of its dullsville rut.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
But the hidden gem here is Wahlberg, who is introduced as a one time real estate client of Claires who has a penchant for not wearing shirts.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Sizzling chemistry cannot overcome the banal script.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
The toughest movies to review are the ones that fall somewhere, safely, in the mid-range of success. They're neither brilliant or bad, just bland. Date Night is a perfect example of bland.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
A promising comedic pairing falls victim to sloppy filmmaking and a needlessly complex mystery plot. Character motivation is repeatedly sacrificed for over-the-top action; the movie essentially becomes a live-action Tex Avery cartoon.
Brent Simon - Screen International
The real pity about the middle-of-the-road Hollywood comedy Date Night is that there's actually a great film in there somewhere kicking and clawing in a desperate effort to get out.
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
Once again proof that must-see TV doesn't guarantee can't-miss movies.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
It's not terrible, and I mean that as the mildest of praise...it's better than expected, if not outstanding or noteworthy in any other way.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Director Shawn Levy glosses over the seeds of social satire inherent in the premise, and instead tries to make his movie all things to all quadrants.
Karina Longworth - City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Date Night feels too much like a lame married couple version of Adventures in Babysitting with its mild humour and tensionless action.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
The old mistaken identity device (brilliantly handled in Hitchcock's North by North West) that leads innocent characters into deadly danger provides the pivot for a comedy about the pitfalls of marriage as a vehicle for long term relationships
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Everything works in Date Night, a brilliantly conceived comedy in which boring, everyday reality morphs into a thrilling fantasy drenched in danger
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Date Night is held together by a terrific cast that make a little go a long, long way. Somewhere in all of this there was a seriously good movie. As it is, we have a seriously weird one.
Jonathan Crocker - Total Film