This Is 40 Reviews

  • This Is 40 isn't always hilarious, but it's ticklishly honest and droll about all the things being a parent can do to a relationship. And why it's still worth it.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • There are a lot of loose ends and a few forced conclusions. But, then again, the acceptance of imperfection is Mr. Apatow's theme, so a degree of sloppiness is to be expected. That's life.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • There are moments of perception and sweetness, as per usual with Apatow movies. It's just too bad the movie's trajectory is formless and jokes built around petty marital resentments sometimes fall flat.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Overlong, unnecessarily sex-obsessed and downright nasty at times, "This Is 40" feels haphazard and unfinished, despite a few moments of laugh-out-loud humor.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • I hate to say it, but if Judd Apatow wants to be a seriously funny filmmaker, he may have to leave home.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Much like marriage, This Is 40 is somewhat formless, and it almost never hurries up. But life is improved by having the option.

    Alan Scherstuhl — Village Voice

  • There's a funny movie scratching at the edges of "This is 40."

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Apparently Apatow's penchant for if-it's-not-broke filmmaking isn't changing anytime soon. And it's a shame, because while This is 40 has plenty of laughs, it lacks decency and heart.

    Ricardo Baca — Denver Post

  • 'This Is 40' isn't without flaws, it moves along nicely, and while it doesn't boast ... it does manage to be very consistently funny in a way that makes dramatic sense.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • Here is all the plenitude and warmth and the triviality and sadness of Los Angeles life.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • More like "This Is Whiny."

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • This is too much like a $35-million smart phone filled with kids' pictures.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • This Is 40 is messy. But see it for its honest insights, its laughs, and for the terror Mann's character, as a mom defending her emotionally wounded daughter, rains down on a toothy school kid who's been sending unflattering texts.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • "This Is 40" is a bull's-eye zeitgeist comedy, a movie in which everyone acts like real people but funnier.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • "This Is 40" tends to be about the self-inflicted problems of spoiled upper-middle class white people. Which can be sort of funny, sure. Sort of.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • We aren't used to comedies that make us squirm like this. That doesn't mean they aren't worth our time. This Is 40 is.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • An acutely perceptive, emotionally generous laffer about the joys and frustrations of marriage and middle age.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • No one could be as whiny, spoiled, tasteless, combative and reliant on annoying stand-up comedy riffs as the entire cast of this film, the most disappointing one of the year.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • (This Is 40 movie review at Toronto Star)

    Toronto Star

  • The movie frequently shifts from comic to dramatic and back again, true to Apatow's whiplash style but also true to life.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

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