- New York Times
By the end, you feel nothing, not even contempt.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Stylish cinematography and an awesome punk-and-new-wave soundtrack make the early, music-video-like montages of debauchery at least trashy entertainment, but the film's second half couldn't be more contemptible...
Aaron Hillis - Village Voice
If it weren't played so very straight, this jaw-dropping thriller might pass for an accurate satire of Hollywood self-indulgence. Instead, it serves as a prime example.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
...music video masquerading as movie, all whacked-out sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
They should have called it I Vomit With You.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
A weekend romp for four middle-aged buddies devolves into a drug-fueled, suicidal hell in Mark Pellington's ill-conceived and executed I Melt With You.
Robert Koehler - Variety
The movie captures, as well as any other, the feeling of partying into oblivion, minus the next-morning internal pitchfork stabs. Think of a wild friend you wouldn't want to emulate but can't let go of.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
An aggressive look at men behaving badly will provoke strong reactions pro and con.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
A fanfare for the common jerk that taints every '80s-era alt-rock soundtrack tune it touches, "I Melt With You" assuredly marks itself as one of 2011's most ludicrous releases.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
Director Mark Pellington creates complex characters in his new thriller I Melt With You, but unfortunately fails to deliver a realistic, intriguing story.
Karen Benardello - We Got This Covered
Has the look of a John Cassavetes film, but with wimpy, colorless characters and a lot more drugs, death and color.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Former porn star Sasha Grey turns up in a small role, and I daresay that the blunt, single-syllable scripts employed in her erotic films were Oscar-worthy compared to this drivel.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
The actors do their best with what's been thrown at them-such a waste of so much talent-but by journey's end the film collapses on itself.
S. James Wegg - JWR
The best-looking bad film of 2011, I Melt with You squanders a fine acting quartet with self-indulgent existential angst among characters who are impossible to like.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
Laughably awful melodrama.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Whether you're male or female, going through a mid-life crisis is no picnic. But watching the way it's depicted in 'I Melt with You' may be even worse.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
It really is good, albeit in ways that are different from other movies.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Instead of sympathizing with these jackasses, one wants to scream exactly what they don't want to hear: "Oh, grow up."
Annlee Ellingson - Paste Magazine
This is meant to be probing and piercing, and it is merely rancid, shallow and bilious.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The actual result is sad, pathetic, anxious, and depressing.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
Gabe Toro - The Playlist
A movie about self-absorbed douchebags that wallows in their douchebaggery.
Noel Murray - AV Club
Pretentious toxic male bonding film.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
A tolerant few will find smears of art buried somewhere beneath the relentless excess, I feel most who approach the feature will walk away with bloodshot eyes, tinnitus, and a urgent feeling to never sit through another Pellington movie.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Good Lord, is this what's waiting on the other side of 40?
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Although a stark performative moment here and a cold, sexy shot there slip through, all of the film's lesser ambitions are undone by its most risible one - to be serious, and thus be taken seriously.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
A reunion of four college friends sheds little light on the male psyche in this garbled and unwatchable film
Erica Abeel - Film Journal International
Wildly overwrought portrait of four college buddies reunited for a weekend of drug-fueled debauchery and soul searching. Like a drunken evening, there are some good moments but it's not worth it in the end.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
They also talk about life, memories, problems, disappointments, and then do more drugs. Lots and lots of drugs.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
I don't know who was more miserable: the characters in this movie or me, watching them.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
After the halfway mark, it's too much, with director Mark Pellington displaying little intent to criticize.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
Directed like the worst music video of all time and filled with risible, self-pitying dialogue.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
"I Melt With You" is a train-crash of a movie. You can't really take your eyes off of it, but you'll feel a little sick if you don't.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
It's an aesthetic assault notable not just for its belligerence, but also for its tedious excess.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
This edgy, despairing depiction of four men's mid-life crises disintegrates into a soggy mess.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
When so many movies can't even exact one strong emotion from viewers, here is a motion picture that frustrates, haunts and fascinates in equal measure.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
The problems of the present give way to a promise from the past and the raucous, repetitive revelry segues into the formula of a bland thriller - Shallow Grave for shallow individuals.
William Goss - The Playlist
Despite its cast, I Melt With You, with all its explosive tactility, doesn't offer much that you won't get from watching anything by Danny Boyle, who seems one of its stylistic roadmaps.
David D'Arcy - Screen International
Seldom has a film that longed to be so insightful wound up being so superficial.
Eric D. Snider - Cinematical
Two-plus hours of cocaine-snorting, pill-popping, alcohol-swilling middle-age crisis montages, punctuated periodically with The Whining of the Dispossessed White Male
Dan Fienberg - HitFix
It's not a matter of filmmaking incompetence. This is all on purpose. They meant to make it exactly this way.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies
A film that will polarize audiences, but nonetheless one that I found rather profound. Perfectly cast and scored, I MELT WITH YOU is like a post-FIGHT CLUB Chuck Palahniuk novel come to life.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium