It does possess a certain backward-glancing innocent appeal.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
A reasonably watchable immersion in nostalgia.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
As a raunchy romantic comedy or an homage to the 1980s, Take Me Home Tonight is hardly worth a one-night stand.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
After the gimmick begins to fade, what remains is less than likable characters inhabiting an all-too-familiar plot.
Stephanie Merry - Washington Post
Completely unoriginal, sure, but watchable and even likable.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Where Adventureland announced an allegiance to freak-scene '80s culture and made a vital detail of one character's fluffing the title of a Lou Reed song, there's nothing so specific in Take Me Home Tonight.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
It tries hard, but it always falls short.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
very last joke in the movie -- verbal gags, visual gags, musical cues, camera moves -- is crushingly literal.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Give the genially bawdy '80s nostalgia trip Take Me Home Tonight credit where it's due: It's got the music part down pat
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
...the comic tone is both strained and straining...
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
This low-powered, amiable, stunningly unimportant movie is essentially one long, noisy party (set in two houses).
David Denby - New Yorker
They speak entirely in plot points and punchlines and seem to be motivated only by lust, greed and ego. Well, we all are, but few bring to this motivation so little intelligence and wit.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The mystery of Topher Grace's film career, and why it isn't better, continues with "Take Me Home Tonight."
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
[The] trite boy-meets-girl arc (he lies about his job) is occasionally offset by some potent comic misadventures.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
The art direction and costumes are clearly a conscious choice, but if you're going to look back with affection (and/or irony), it helps to have something to say.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Like a zippy lost treasure from the days of VHS and Duran Duran.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Drinking jokes. Sex jokes. Wild antics. Sincere looks. Nothing goes on here that hasn't gone on -- and gone on better -- in other movies.
Tom Long - Detroit News
"Take Me Home Tonight" is not a bad movie. In fact, it's pretty good. It's just unnecessary.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Take Me Home Tonight is a pleasant-enough all-in-one-night comedy, featuring a protagonist facing the classic Graduate-like existential dilemma of post-college paralysis.
Brian Lowry - Variety
A dirge of a comedy...
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Topher Grace and Dan Fogler star in Michael Dowse's aggressively unfunny film which seeks the lowest common denominator in nearly every scene.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
It, like, totally pains me to say this, but Take Me Home Tonight is a bummer.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
An amiable diversion, kept afloat by some comic moments of the raunchy, silly variety, and by something that does feel rather retro: a kindness to its youthful characters.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
'Take Me Home Tonight' has just enough heart and retro party spirit to hold the line before familiarity breeds contempt.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Smart and funny tribute to the R-rated comedies of the 1980s.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Overall "Take Me Home Tonight" represents a lateral move at best for its 24-hour party people, a step back at worst, and not worth your time either way.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
This unfunny comedy isn't worth leaving home for.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
Just a standard, dull pseudo-teen comedy that just happens to take place in the '80s.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
Ten years too late -- for the movie, the actors playing the roles in the movie. It's "Hot Tub Time Machine" without the time machine or the hot tub. Or the fun.
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Take Me Home Tonight is a much deeper, dramatic movie than most give it credit for. And it's also a hoot, too - largely thanks to Dan Fogler and the amusing cameo appearances.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Mike Barnard - Future Movies UK
Pap in service of wistfulness about a time period now thoroughly mocked to death.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
This 80s-nostalgic comedy relies too much on its big hair and bright clothes and not enough on getting inside the head of its characters.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
As enjoyable as the soundtrack and general nostalgia of this film is, it just doesn't rise above wannabe status.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
...a better-than-expected bit of '80s nostalgia...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A tonally uneasy mish-mash of stale slapstick and naive representations of drug use.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
Eddie Money deserves better than this.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
[Director] Dowse's film is so formula that it is aimlessly predictable...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Grace is particularly wet, lacking the charisma or the charm to pull off the shy nerd-at-heart routine needed to convince you he could actually win the girl of his dreams.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Not a journey to the end of the night that I'd recommend.
This 1980s-set comedy was shot in 2007 and has been sitting on the shelf ever since. The damn thing's so old it's almost retro twice over.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
So bad, it's almost good... if certainly not great.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
80s nostalgia as a thing is so ten years ago... just about the time that the 33-year-old Topher Grace would have been the right age to play [this] just-out-of-college, I-dunno-what-to-do-with-myself whiner...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
It's a dispiriting mess throughout.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Refreshingly, for a comedy of any decade, the characters are all likable, particularly Grace who gives his best performance since 2004's overlooked rom-com In Good Company.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Like a lot of fun nights out, you might enjoy it but won't remember a thing.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Who ever thought we'd care?
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
A film which has the occasional interesting scene but which fails to ever take off.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
[A] moderate comedy set in the 1980s.
It takes more than just the right clothes and soundtrack to imbue a flick with genuine Eighties spirit: though the leads click charmingly, this feels exactly like a Noughties teen comedy in yuppie drag.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
There's a good, snappy screwball comedy buried somewhere in the movie, but director Michael Dowse can't unearth it.
Karen Krizanovich - Radio Times
Take Me Home Tonight is pretty similar to Hot Tub Time Machine, playing for the same silly Eighties laughs but never quite getting them.
Francesca Steele - Sky Movies
Disappointing comedy that coasts along thanks to a likeable performance from Topher Grace but ultimately falls down thanks to some poor writing, a lack of decent jokes and a wasted supporting cast.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It's an amiable but slow slice of nostalgia: think 'Hot Tub Time Machine' meets 'Superbad' - without the big laughs.
Anna Smith - Time Out
A potential cult hit in the making, call this Dazed And Confused for the Members Only set.
Ken McIntyre - Total Film
A formulaic romantic comedy that underutilizes its likable stars and fails to effectively capitalize on the character of the era.
Annlee Ellingson - Moving Pictures Magazine
Moral: Parachute pants and Wang Chung are not enough.
Dave White - Movies.com
You'll leave the theater mildly entertained and not too sleepy.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
A serviceable adult romp about a Night That Changes Lives Forever, 'Take Me Home Tonight' is a raunchy glance back at the '80s.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Tonight better left to yesterday.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
... a basically inert rehash of the standard wild-all-night-party-that-changes-everything-with-nonstop-nostalgic-oldies-on-the-soundtrack movie ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Not the best, night ever, as the tagline proclaims, but a good time anyway.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
This film succeeds (just barely) not by poking fun at the '80s but by embracing the charm of its endearing lead actors.
Frank Wilkins - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Take Me Home Tonight, sadly, plays like something that's perennially stocked in the remainder bins at Suncoast Video.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
A venal, mindless, and aggressively chintzy movie.
This one misses on just about every angle - plot, characters. laughs. Well at least the soundtrack is good.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
I still can't think of a reason why this couldn't have been set in the present.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
The 1988-set film "Take Me Home Tonight" grows on you in spite of that lazy pop-song title and an opening 15 minutes that may be the worst I've seen in ages.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
The film isn't much, but for those of us who appreciate anything '80s, it's a perfectly painless nostalgia trip.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
A film that succeeds (but just barely), not by poking fun at the decade of leg warmers, big hair, and even bigger cell phones, but rather by embracing the charm of its endearing lead actors.
Frank Wilkins - Frank's Reel Reviews
A well-acted but forgettable 'Hot Tub Time Machine' clone for the post-college set (and without the time travel.)
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Movies keep getting worse. Hall Pass was awful. Drive Angry made Hall Pass seem like Gone With the Wind. Take Me Home Tonight makes one yearn for Drive Angry.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
The movie's carried by Topher Grace and Teresa Palmer who, in addition to being incredibly likable, seem to have real chemistry together.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
...it's an even more plastic, hollow and underwhelming experience than actually living through 1988.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Works better when it pauses in between its shallow gags and observes the angst of the recent college graduate.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
If there's anything funnier than dorky white guys singing along to gangsta rap, I don't know what it is.
Adam Lippe - Examiner.com
It's formulaic at best - and even that formula isn't always thought through.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
the story gets better and better as it reaches the climatic (and action-packed!) finale.
Peter Paras - E! Online
If you're going to set your comedy in the same universe as the classic '80s comedies of John Hughes, you better make sure your movie is good enough to withstand the comparison.
Matt Singer - IFC.com
Remember how funny the '80s were? This movie doesn't.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
It's not high art. It's not going to move you to save the world. But if you like films from that era, you'll be laughing your ass off.
Jenna Busch - SheKnows Network
Take Me Home Tonight should have the cinematic equivalent of a biohazardous waste warning on it to make sure people stay away and don't get exposed to it.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
The movie works its warm, funny magic and casts a spell that's both nostalgic and naughty.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
A strong ensemble-with one notable exception-is the main attraction of this otherwise slight and unmemorable period comedy.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
'80s rocker Eddie Money called ... he wants his song title back.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
A romantic comedy set in California in 1988 that loses its focus.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
One imagines that only a snort-along screening could possibly lend to the film the energy that it so desperately needs. (With that said, no, we do not endorse the use of cocaine.)
William Goss - Cinematical
The screenplay hangs a lampshade on the trope of people who are stuck in time.
Sarah Boslaugh - Playback:stl
It seems content to poke fun at the clothes and to package some of the more listenable (if inconsequential) music of the era around a joke-challenged romantic story.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
It pretends to be hungry like the wolf, yet it ends up doing the safety dance.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
An '80s movie lover's wet dream.
It won't make anyone want to go back to the 80's, but it might make them want to see Grace's next film.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Dowse achieves a level of sincerity and comic bite that transcends the efficient but sometimes painfully obvious screenplay.
Bob Westal - Bullz-Eye.com
Nothing that happens in Take Me Home Tonight is surprising or affecting, and none of it is funny, either.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
The movie is easily enjoyable, but it's also a mindless comedy with fewer laughs than one might expect after viewing the well-edited trailer.
Amirose Eisenbach - IGN Movies
None of this is remotely surprising, yet I frequently found myself laughing (particularly at Fogler's wild-man behavior) and sympathizing with Matt's predicament (face it, Grace is impossible to dislike).
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
A bland string of pokes at fashion and 1988 period style.
Ted Fry - Seattle Times
dull and painfully unfunny
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
...an attempt at an unironic '80s movie from writers of 'That '70s Show' that's already dated itself, having been made all the way back in 2007, and which more recalls 1998's Jennifer Love Hewitt vehicle "Can't Hardly Wait" than anything from John Hughes.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Like Can't Hardly Wait, it's a curiously straight-faced attempt to make an '80s comedy for an audience too young to remember the halcyon days of Alf.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
Feels like an '80s relic in a bad way, and an utterly perplexing project in 2011.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
It's only sporadically amusing and it's certainly not original, unless the definition of original has been broadened to include copies of things that were original twenty-five years ago.
Mark Keizer - Boxoffice Magazine
Misses the mark by a considerable margin...[Its] failure to approximate the formula it's reaching for leads you to think it should have been called 'You Can't Go Home Again.'
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Trapped between traditional coming-of-age sympathy and brazen nostalgia, presumably aimed at a generation that's stopped going to the movies...emotions are clear but the storytelling is muddled.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
If you're looking for some laughs and teen comedies are your thing, or in this case comedies involving twenty somethings, having one last fling at being teenagers, for what it is, Take Me Home Tonight fits the bill.
Neil Rosen - NY1-TV
A celebration of '80s cliches that don't deserve a reunion.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Set for some reason in a crassly materialist 1988 that combines Less Than Zero with Animal House, Tonight comes up with some inspired bits...
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
An overly familiar, almost unnecessary film about youth loss and alienation; no wonder the movie sat on the shelves for a long time.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Another forgettable entry in the already overfilled ranks of middling boys-will-be-boys rib-ticklers.
Andrew Schenker - Slant Magazine
Ignore the third act and just submit to the casting. Lively interplay and a great, evocative soundtrack more or less consistently impose a mood of effervescent, if slight, amusement.
Brent Simon - Screen International
Misses the Hughes sensitive-raunch sweet spot, though a game supporting cast hits bull's-eyes on lesser targets.
David Fear - Time Out