Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz hate on each other with dynamite verve in What Happens in Vegas.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
What Happens in Vegas, one of those junky time-wasters that routinely pop up in movie theaters, won't make you laugh much or at all.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
What Happens in Vegas refuses to take a gamble. Like a bleary-eyed gambler repeatedly tossing a pair of dice, it tiredly goes through the motions.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Not that What Happens in Vegas is any kind of great movie, but it's an exceedingly bright comedy that never makes you feel stupid for enjoying its brisk pacing, smart lines, sound construction and superb comic acting.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
When it was over I felt vaguely embarrassed. I wasn't just leaving a movie theater. I was taking a walk of shame.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
While Diaz and Kutcher make their cliched characters as likable as possible, you can bet on this: Any movie named after an already-stale ad campaign isn't likely to gamble on the unexpected.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
What Happens in Vegas... should have stayed in development -- forever. This ramshackle -- and occasionally repulsive -- farce doesn't even deliver on the minimal promise of its title; most of it takes place in Manhattan.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Who knew the title wasn't simply clever (inviting the rejoiner 'stays in Vegas') but a dire warning of a bad movie ahead?
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Though likely not a film you'll remember a month after seeing it, it does hit most of the right notes for a good date flick.
Bill Zwecker - Chicago Sun-Times
So many things, small and large, erode any sense of fun here. The movie looks like crud -- like it, too, stayed up and drank all night.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The felicitous pairing of Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher overcomes the mechanical setup of this amiable screwball comedy about mismatched Manhattanites who wed in Las Vegas following a drunken first date.
Andrea Gronvall - Chicago Reader
What Happens in Vegas . . . boasts the not inconsiderable appeal of good-looking people having a good time -- even while having a bad time.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
By being a smidge smarter than the average date movie, it makes the first-time meeting, the battle of the sexes and the bumpy course of true love entertaining despite overfamiliarity.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz almost pull off Vegas despite everything. And there's quite a bit of everything.
Tom Long - Detroit News
What Happens in Vegas . . . should have stayed in Vegas. Or in New York, where most of this predictable, uninspired film takes place. Or in Hollywood, where such lamebrained ideas are hatched.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
There are no big surprises, and only a handful of unexpected developments. But Kutcher and Diaz are undeniably appealing...nd the scene-stealing supporting players...go about their petty larceny with amusing adroitness.
Joe Leydon - Variety
For an idea of the level of wit, several gags are built around the name 'Dick Banger'.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Screenwriter Dana Fox (the dreadful Wedding Date was hers) and director Tom Vaughan can't find much fun or romance in this. What Happens in Vegas ... offers none of the surprises that screen comedy so desperately needs.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Here's a romantic comedy that is goofy, highly implausible, sometimes over the top, often in bad taste, and resolutely empty-headed. In short, it's the best example of its genre to appear on the screen this year.
Philip Marchand - Toronto Star
I didn't laugh much, and I never felt even an inkling of 'aw, cute!' romance -- but I didn't want to claw my eyes out, either. If that counts as a success, then I guess it's a hit.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
What Happens in Vegas should damn well have stayed in Vegas. Instead, the thing has leaked out as a movie that, one grey morning this week, swiped 100 minutes from my life.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
You'd think the combination of Diaz, Kutcher and Vegas would be good for at least a little sexy, silly fun. But don't bet on it.
Mary Elizabeth Williams - Salon.com
Sadly, about the nicest thing I can say about What Happens in Vegas is that I didn't hate it -- although I suppose that's something.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Full-contact marital warfare connects with every body part save the funny bone.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
What happens in Vegas is exactly what you would expect: It's formulaic, slapsticky, silly and loud, until it goes all gooey in the end.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Why do we have to suffer through movies like What Happens in Vegas, which is the worst-in-breed not only for this year, but very likely in living memory.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
What Happens in Vegas feels oddly stilted yet desperate, as though its principals felt the need to overcompensate for the too-neat symmetry of opening scenes with over-the-top violence and bright orange tans.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Anna Smith - Time Out
Stephen Garrett - Time Out
Dean Essner - Digital Spy
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
a funny movie about the sexes that doesn't diminish either gender in its execution--a tougher task, obviously, than one would presume.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
What Happens in Vegas has mediocre direction and a strained screenplay, so how can it be any good? What carries the film is its two stars. If Ashton Kutcher bothers you, you'll probably hate What Happens in Vegas. If Cameron Diaz leaves you
Tony Macklin - Fayetteville Free Weekly
Another predictable romantic comedy, one that insists that spending time locked into an unhappy marriage doesn't breed contempt, but sows love. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
As far fetched as the idea of guy disgust as the ultimate aphrodisiac may seem, Cameron and Ashton as the designated lovebirds keep the kinky marriage shocks and surprises coming. Move over Knocked Up. A Sex And The Sin City Vegas jackpot.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
This derivative rom-com works best when the leads are exacting revenge on each other.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
The combined verve Diaz and Kutcher bring to the table saves a routine time-killer from being entirely forgettable.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
I only wish they'd have spent more time drunk and in Vegas in the whole movie. Alas...
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
From seeing this movie and talking to several moviegoers, I discovered that there are two kinds of people: people who like Ashton Kutcher, and people who don't.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
Should have stayed, not in Vegas, but elsewhere in the state of Nevada. How about those mountains where they are supposed to store the radioactive waste?
Kyle Smith - KyleSmithOnline.com
During the screening, I tried to come up with as many synonyms for the word "excruciating" as I could.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
Both Kutcher and Diaz are in full-on desperation mode, straining in each scene to prove they can still be relevant, showing flashes of the charm that made them famous in the first place.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
attempts nothing novel in its retelling of the couple who don't realize that they are perfect for each other, aside from positing an unsavory new popcorn topping
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
(Vegas) isn't a horrible film but it is not worth spending your money on to see in theatres.
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
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Thomas Peyser - Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
...one of those bird-brained contrivances that would be over in no time if any of the characters had a lick of sense...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
It's a sure bet you'll realize "What Happens in Vegas" is a by-the-numbers romantice comedy within the first 15 minutes.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Like many Vegas weddings, this mean-spirited "romantic comedy" only makes sense if you're drunk.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Hardly a massive gamble, Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher play a safe romcom hand you can tolerate.
Ben McEachen - Empire Magazine Australasia
It's less obnoxious than Fool's Gold, less forced than Made of Honor and less formulaic (well, by a sliver, anyway) than 27 Dresses.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
What happens in this seriously flawed would-be romantic comedy is Nothing Much.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
What Happens in Vegas is a sorrow attempt at a romantic comedy. So let the saying stand What happens in Vegas, should stay in Vegas.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Diaz and Kutcher restore the original, ebullient meaning of 'sex comedy'. They're fun to watch, which is a rare thing in this Zellweger, Clooney, Kidman, Gosling, Apatow world.
Armond White - New York Press
Ultimately, What Happens in Vegas resembles a drunken night in Sin City; when it's over, you don't really remember what happened except that it wasn't good.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
This film is not the equivalent of brain surgery, but it is entertaining.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
If you can ignore some rather silly moments and focus on the credible relationship between Jack and Joy, this will be reasonably entertaining.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
isn't the end-all, be-all of comedies this year but it's got some good laughs.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
The screenplay is awful, the direction is bland and the performances are beyond redemption.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Two fresh stars elevate the material into solid entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
The formula is too contrived and the chemistry not enough for any genuine sparks to fly
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Middling and forgettable.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
What should have stayed in Vegas is this movie.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Kutcher has talent and potential. It has been his misfortune to attach his star to people who aren't up to the quality of his talent. He has time to correct this, but the clock is ticking.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
The colorful second bananas' bawdy badinage turns out to be a lot funnier than that of the co-stars who have little more to offer than their looks and sexual chemistry going for them.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
A movie that just seems to be going through the motions, a thoroughly uninspired rehash of a formula done far better elsewhere.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
I can't recommend it as a must-see date night getaway, neither will I discourage audiences looking for a little bit of mindless rom-com fun. And given the likable nature of the film's two stars, this trip to "Vegas" coasts by on just enough charm to make
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Not the sin some claim it to be.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Lucky for viewers, it's easy to laugh while watching this romantic comedy, mostly because of the comic skills Kutcher and Diaz bring to their performances.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Wants to be liked so badly it's afraid to do anything that might actually make you respect it in the morning. In that sense, it works. It's a 99-minute PG-13 airplane movie good for a few chuckles and another notch on Rob Corddry's widening comedy belt.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
Kutcher and Diaz both make good with what they have, but they deserve better.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
Considering that the title of the movie was conceived by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, it's not a huge surprise that What Happens in Vegas is stocked with product placement.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
At least they party harder than the 21 kids.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
It's called What Happens in Vegas, but it should have been called What Happens in Hollywood as it pretty much defines contrived studio comedy.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
not a complete lost cause, but no one tries to emerge from the icky goo known as mediocrity
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
It's a testament to how good casting can help a film and bad writing can hurt it even more.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
The latest uptight chick/slacker dude romantic comedy is so formulaic, you could win big if you placed bets on what's going to happen next.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
What Happens in Vegas is about as bubbly as flat champagne. While aiming for an intoxicating blend of high-energy comedy, the romantic comedy's predictable story, and the lack of chemistry between stars Diaz and Kutcher, don't leave it withmuch of a kick.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The end result is easily the worst romantic comedy that you will find in theaters this weekend (or possibly this year) and yes, I am fully aware that "Made of Honor" is still playing.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
What Happens in Vegas is a clever concept lamely executed.
Brandon Fibbs - Colorado Springs Gazette
Scream, scream, scream. When did writers get the idea that what audiences find really funny in comedies is screaming? A full-out assault on your senses, the film isn't just bad. It's painful.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
The outcome of What Happens In Vegas is obvious, but the journey there is fun.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
...one can't help but wonder if there's anything of interest left to say within this increasingly stale genre.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
When a movie depends on supporting characters to tell the audience just how good the romantic leads are together, you know you're in trouble deep.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
It was inevitable that an annoying catchphrase would one day become the title for an annoying movie. What Happens in Vegas is not only annoying, it's also incompetent -- a bad mix.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
I just don't know what to make of a scene in which a judge sentences two selfish jerks to "six months hard ... marriage," but I'm simply too old and too smart for material this insipid.
Scott Weinberg - Cinematical
You know how some movies feel like they were made by a committee? What Happens in Vegas feels like it was made by checklist.
Mike Russell - Oregonian
What Happens in Vegas contains enough unbridled silliness to salvage its lowbrow high concept.
John Anderson - Newsday
Bland enough to make millions as culture edges closer to oblivion.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
Great counter-programming to Speed Racer and will probably ensure work for Ashton Kutcher until TV Land tries to launch a That 70s Show reunion special.
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
What Happens in Vegas is the kind of terrible mistake performers as big as Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher usually make at the beginning of their careers, when they're anxious to break into the movies, or at the end, when they're struggling for a comeback
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
None of this is anything we haven't seen countless times before in rom-com land, of course, and it would be giving the filmmakers way too much credit to say they have entertainingly tweaked a winning but cob-webbed formula.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
Joy and Jack are fated to fall in lazy-movie-love.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Are you laughing yet? Are you moved by these incredible insights? Are you, most likely, looking for the exits?
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Directed by Tom Vaughan and written by Dana Fox, who also wrote the excruciating The Wedding Date, this film often seems improvised, and not in a good way. Some setups go nowhere, and some jokes never get set up at all.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
What happens in Vegas is nobody has much fun.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A PG-13 sitcom rom-com that desperately wants to be a Judd Apatow movie when it grows up, Tom Vaughan's flat film mixes screwball comedy with self-help cliches to tired effect.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
We all know what happens in Vegas -- and we know, without having to watch it, what happens in this movie.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Amid the bright lights, Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher fail to generate even the faintest of erotic sparks.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
I like to learn something every day. In this case I discovered a harsh truth. You can have slapstick without the comedy.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
The supporting players save What Happens in Vegas from rom-com infamy.
Christian Toto - Washington Times
A first- or second-date flick, after which there can be some Cheesecake Factory and maybe a peck on the cheek, no harm done. What Happens in Vegas is pleasant enough for all of that.
Travis Nichols - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
With a script that only barely hangs together by the skin of its teeth, this romantic comedy survives on the considerable charm of its terrific cast.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The stars, despite having only a fraction of the charm and talent of classic sparring-but-meant-for-each-other duos, know how to mug for the camera and well up on cue, and somehow that turns out to be enough to carry this trifle.
Julia Wallace - L.A. Weekly
I am so tired of these miserable things that pass for romantic comedies these days, thoughtless assembly-line products that recycle the same components in ever-dumber packaging over and over again.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Despite the presence of some likable, funny people, it's a painfully unfunny romantic comedy that makes you dislike those same people intensely.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
A distinctly awful cover version of 'I Want A New Drug' plays on the soundtrack and is a direct thought to the audience who is going to need something a lot stronger to make it through this unrelentless excuse for a romantic comedy.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
So moronic it almost makes the recent mediocre Made of Honor seem sophisticated by comparison.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
The overall sour tone and worn-out feel of the movie overwhelm any positive aspects.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
The film gives a transparent spin to the saying that whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but Diaz and Kutcher bring a surprising sweetness to their generic roles and the story's contrived situations.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
The battle for the human heart has official morphed from witty, sophisticated banter between star-crossed lovers to something akin to mixed martial arts.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
'What Happens in Vegas' has a similar structure to 'Knocked Up,' only it has neither the unplanned pregnancy, nor the laughs.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
If I had anything kind to say about Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz before this film, I'm ready to take every word back...a shrill monstrosity of a romantic comedy.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
What Happens In Vegas is about as silly and pleasant as it needs to be, no more, no less.
Dezhda Gaubert - E! Online
As tepid romantic comedies go, they forgot to pack the fun. This one should have stayed in Vegas.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
What Happens in Vegas is evidence that putting two attractive stars together onscreen is not enough to make a good, or even passable, 90 minutes of entertainment.
Katey Rich - Film Journal International
What Happens In Vegas can be forwarded directly to the nominating committee of the Golden Raspberry Foundation.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Though a notch above Made of Honor on the tolerability scale, Vegas takes a shot at love with all the romantic know-how of Tila Tequila.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
You can take what happens in Vegas, keep it in Vegas, and keep the rest of the us out of it.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
...has nothing to recommend it but the sight of Ashton Kutcher in a pink boa wearing a yard long glass in a cocktail sling...This one shouldclearly have stayed in Vegas.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Ashton Kutcher has his first real hit movie -- even with the predictable ending.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
While watching insipid romantic comedies, I often cling to the comic supporting characters as my life preserver.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Complain all you want about the affable slobs in Judd Apatow comedies; at least they're not tools.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
The plot is both feeble and ridiculous, but this still delivers more than its fair share of laughs, thanks to terrific comic performances from Kutcher, Diaz and supporting players Rob Corddry and Lake Bell.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Raunchy romantic comedy has a softer side, too.
James Rocchi - Common Sense Media
This breezy confection should work well corralling it's target demo to come up triple 7s for Fox if the marketplace can handle yet another rom com.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
While Diaz and Kutcher work through their stock repertoire of winsomeness, the second bananas steal the show.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
Though utterly contrived, predictable, and disposable, this counter-proragmming date flick has a certain charm, due to Cameron Diaz's sex appeal and ease with slapstick and her onscreen chemistry with lead man Ashton Kutcher.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
This tone-deaf flick from hack screenwriter Dana Fox, is an example of a Hollywood formula romantic comedy where the author never properly learned the recipe.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
The film delivers what it promises as a freewheeling, bitchy-mouthed romantic comedy, so it's a good date movie. Perhaps newlyweds, too
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