Wanderlust Reviews

  • Akin to a skit that never ends

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • Every actor who gets the joke shines, even when the story occasionally bumbles and bobbles its momentum.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • For every few jokes that hit in this story about a recession-battered New York couple finding themselves on a Georgia commune, one sputters and dies.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Though Wanderlust has a silly-funny premise and moments of inspired lunacy, it wanders aimlessly and runs some weak gags into the ground.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • A shambling mix of cheap laughs and genuinely funny set pieces from writer-director David Wain.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • This movie has no teeth. It does not want to say anything, other than the unprintable word for penis, over and over.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • It's hard to remember a comedy so populated with good character bits.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • Despite the calculated advance press about the movie's nudity, polygamy, dirty talk, etc., David Wain's comedy is depressingly banal.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • So you think you've seen silly? And smarmy? And inept? Wait till you see "Wanderlust," though that's just a figure of speech; I'm not suggesting that you actually lay eyes on this naked grab for box office bucks.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Most of it is pretty funny stuff.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • A messy but occasionally very funny satirical comedy...

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Being taken under Apatow's wing may have been a big career break for writer-director David Wain, but this lacks the sharp personality of some of his earlier movies.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • It's an R-rated movie with a fair amount of nudity, a lot of sexual candor, truckloads of unspecified drugs, and more laughs than I've had at the movies in a very long time.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • [It] produces tons of laughs in its compact 90 minutes and doesn't overstay its welcome. The bad jokes are bad, but the good ones are great.

    Kara Nesvig — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Much of the movie feels pasted together; the story doesn't flow, it staggers forward.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • It's obvious "Wanderlust" was a lot more fun to make than it is to watch. But if you set enough funny people loose in front of a camera, they'll find a way to make you laugh, even if it's in spite of your better judgment.

    Barbara VanDenburgh — Arizona Republic

  • Despite some amusing moments, everyone simply works too hard at providing rambunctious zaniness, until one grows painfully aware the inevitable outtakes reel will be superior to the movie.

    Brian Lowry — Variety

  • "Wanderlust'' may lack the satiric edge of Albert Brooks' "Lost in America,'' but it does deliver more big laughs than most comedies these days.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Buried below the endless penis and poop jokes, a very funny movie lurks, one we only catch glimpses of amid a churning mire of icky stuff and dangling privates.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • Throughout his work, Wain's humor oscillates between sophomoric gags and much wiser behavioral observations -- reasons why it almost makes sense to take him seriously as an artist.

    Eric Kohn — indieWIRE

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