The Trip Reviews

  • Does it matter where a performer ends and the persona begins, or if the two can be separated? In "The Trip" you search for authenticity among the jokes and lulls, but what you get is what you see and hear...

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Have you ever been trapped in the back seat of a car while the old married couple up front bickers and banters for hours? It's either sheer torture or, if the couple happens to be Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, wildly entertaining.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Suggests a reality TV fusion of "Sideways'' and a Bob Hope/Bing Crosby "Road'' movie, or maybe "My Dinner With Andre'' repurposed into a movable feast.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The verbal jousts are droll and the countryside is splendid, although the food -- an endless succession of fussy little presentations -- may be an acquired taste.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • As smart as it is side-splittingly silly.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • The Trip is probably too long, but I have to say "probably" because I would have been happy with an additional half-hour of Steve and Rob doing more impressions.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • It's rife with observations about men of a certain age, actors of a certain career -- and for a bonus, restaurants of a certain moment.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • As such, it's a diverting entertainment. And it does, I admit, make me curious to see the full series...

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • The joy of this small, unimportant contest is weirdly addictive; you come out of the film as if from a concert, playing the music of false voices in your head.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • This is a great deal more entertaining than it sounds, in large part because the two actors are gifted mimics -- Brydon the better one, although Coogan doesn't think so.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The movie offers enough good one-liners, both comic and ruminative, to hold one's interest, but don't expect much else.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • A rambling but illuminating odyssey that has as much to do with friendship - and the competition and conflicts that come with it - as it does with celebrating the comedic chops of its two stars.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The film is a wickedly funny joy ride that offers keen, unflatteringly honest insights on fame, midlife crises and the rivalrous nature of male friendship.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The Trip is a comedy about two guys going to fancy restaurants in the English countryside. Sounds hilarious, huh? Well, it actually is.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Michael Winterbottom's The Trip is about 20 minutes too long, but the other 90 are among the funniest in recent memory.

    John Anderson — Variety

  • Every so often, a film comes along that redefines the boundaries of cinema. And every so often there is a movie about two middle-age men driving around and having lunch.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • An easy-going trek down a road well-traveled by these two.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Think The Odd Couple with sartorial style and more bickering. Add hints of truisms about middle age, sex, family, mortality and the limits of friendship and The Trip reveals itself to be more than it initially appears.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • The giddy sequences of sublime, inspired silliness make it all worthwhile.

    Eric D. Snider — Film.com

  • The incredible thing about The Trip, Michael Winterbottom's road trip comedy featuring the comedic stylings of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, is that it gets away with a lot by doing very little.

    Eric Kohn — indieWIRE

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