Without has all the freshness of moldering Playboys stashed under a mattress, but it evokes what few boys-will-be-boys larks can: chumminess.
Scott Brown - Entertainment Weekly
The homosexual panic instilled by Deliverance fuels the running joke driving the uneasy laughs evoked by this loathsome comedy.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Think Road Trip meets City Slickers. Then dial the humor down a few notches, and you're left Without a Paddle.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
You can say of Without a Paddle that at least it cares enough to steal from the very best. Unfortunately, that's about all it cares about.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
The cheesy, unconvincing moments centered on the characters' serious discussions of life and friendship really seem unnatural and ruin the flow of the physical comedy.
Sara Gebhardt - Washington Post
Five screenwriters, three stars, maybe two good jokes.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
How do you siphon the laffs from a surefire gut-busting premise like city slickers stuck in the sticks? ... you assemble a cut-rate Three Stooges, inject tired '80s nostalgia and some moralistic goo about carpe-ing the diem.
Mark Holcomb - Village Voice
There are a few gross-out laughs, but Without a Paddle's gang-written script doesn't know what it wants to be.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
A successfully infantile new spin on Deliverance.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
The movie does have funny moments, and there's a sweetness unusual in your standard stupid summer comedy.
Matt Weitz - Dallas Morning News
A consistently amusing, often hilarious outing with surprising heart.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
A testosterone comedy that might just as well be titled Without a Brain Cell.
Sid Smith - Chicago Tribune
You can lose money and regain it, says a character in Without a Paddle, but not so lost time. Perhaps this is a subliminal message to moviegoers.
Dean Essner - Philadelphia Inquirer
City Slickers remade for Three Stooges fans.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Without a Paddle can proudly take its place in the pantheon of perfectly likable stupid movies.
Tom Long - Detroit News
A guy film that chicks will dig, too.
Kathy Cano Murillo - Arizona Republic
An unstable -- if mostly painless -- mix of low comedy, stabs at higher silliness, and schmaltz.
Dennis Harvey - Variety
Never rises above the level of harmless video fare.
Megan Lehmann - New York Post
This is the kind of comedy in which the aim is to make the audience cringe.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Forget being up a raging creek without a paddle, these poor losers are lost in a wilderness that permits no comedy.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
Inoffensive to a fault, Without a Paddle goes by without a memorable ripple.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Without a Paddle is so bad that it will annoy and/or bore those who have minimal standards and a high tolerance for sewage.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Charts an uncertain course between wild and mild, eventually running aground in a pile of male-bonding muck.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Despite some agreeably idiotic moments, Without a Paddle is also mostly without a rudder.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
Even a paddle can't keep this movie from sinking.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Shepard, Green and Lillard have good chemistry, and this bodes well considering there are three characters to play off each other rather than just two
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Maybe the filmmakers should have called the picture Without a Laugh.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Gregory Freitas - Hollywood.com
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Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Gets into the male bonding mode with a casual, instinctive flair that breathes more life into the Steven Brill comedy than it may actually merit.
Prairie Miller - Long Island Press
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Without a Paddle is a sloppy effort, yet even a cliched comedy could be fun if it actually delivered on laughs.
Russ Breimeier - Christianity Today
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Dean Essner - Time Out
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
A sloppy, lowest common denominator comedy
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Average comedy, the acting is fine, but the script is pretty lame and it doesn't have a lot of good jokes.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Matt McAllister - Future Movies UK
'Una de esas peliculas intrascendentes, de las que da lo mismo que existan o no'
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
The cast is pleasant, which is a reasonable adjective to describe the entire project.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
That said, the three leads are appealing enough so that the film remains watchable and the whole thing is almost worth seeing just for Seth Green's C-3PO impressions.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
This is simply just another in a long line of lazy comedies.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
While striving for a bit of liberalism (ain't we City types the real stoopid ones) almost every scene then throws in the towel and falls back on a clutch of unfunny country-livin' cliches.
Ali Catterall - BBC
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
Without a Paddle is two movies -- one good and one bad -- merged together into a cinematic hodgepodge of hilarity, originality, banality and absurdity.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Looks like yet another gross-out farce, but it's actually a genuinely engaging comic adventure.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
...one of the few surprises this summer.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Imagine Deliverance re-delivered as a Gen-X comedy, co-starring a hungry bear, two dope-growing rednecks and a mad mountain man (Burt Reynolds).
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
More enjoyable than we have any right to reasonably expect.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
The inconsistency in tone leaves Without a Paddle up a certain unnamed creek.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
... this isn't much of a stretch for the creator of the "Mighty Ducks" but at least it's a step in the right direction.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Austin O'Connor - Lowell Sun
Movies don't get much more disgustingly juvenile than this...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Belabored would be too kind a word for it.
David Noh - Film Journal International
Cheeky trio keeps Without a Paddle afloat - barely
Christian Toto - Washington Times
Helmer Steven Brill and company owe me two hours
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Also without a script, a star, or even some laughs.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Without a Paddle plays like a movie the studio greenlit 25 years ago and only now got around to making.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
...made me long for the inspired idiocy of `Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.'
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
I'm not saying Without a Paddle shouldn't be a comedy, but it didn't have to be a stupid comedy.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Director Brill makes no stylistic advances from his recent work with Adam Sandler, and shows no signs of seeking growth or improvement.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
It could have been titled "Without a Clue."
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
...[a] warped and water-logged laugher...Without a Paddle is a lazy assault on one's tolerance for exaggerated cruel goofiness.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Director Steven Brill fails to sustain a steady comedic pace; the movie lurches rather than flows from scene to scene.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
These guys get in way over their heads stuck in the wilderness. The characters are developed so the audience cares for the guys.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
A faux-sentimental comedy that not only isn't funny, but half the time appears to have forgotten to insert the joke.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
The film loses its way when it tries to impart something close to wisdom -- who are we kidding here?
Jeffrey Bruner - Des Moines Register
The film seems as aimless as a ride down a river without paddles.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Some tales center on man vs. nature, others on man vs. man. Without a Paddle falls within a third category: man vs. poorly conceived script.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
An inept movie that makes even Catwoman seem sane.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
For a while this buddy comedy sails along smoothly on elements borrowed from The Goonies, Deliverance and Road Trip, but the relentlessly unimaginative script eventually leaves it becalmed.
Angel Cohn - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The film simply isn't funny enough to please the adolescent fans who want pratfalls and will instead have to squirm through agonizingly-penned scenes of '80s nostalgia and male-bonding murk.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
It looks like the filmmakers just don't realize that they've embarked on the movie making exercise with their comedic tank just barely half full.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Maybe they should have cast Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox as dueling banjo players, squealing like pigs.
Eric Melin - Lawrence.com
Summer movies don't get much sillier or more empty-headed than Without a Paddle.
Bill Gallo - Dallas Observer
Without a Paddle never sinks. It just drifts along amiably until it reaches a predictable shore.
Mark Wolf - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Funny enough, but we've walked these trails before.
Dean Essner - E! Online
It's like The Goonies on acid.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Overload[s] on gross-out gags and Deliverance references.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A larky, throwaway movie.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Without a Paddle gives us the contemporary comedy's lazy substitute for a real gag -- the celebrity cameo.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
So crude that it leaves a bitter aftertaste.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
The only thing that's remotely impressive about this waste of 99 minutes is that it somehow took five writers to put it together, proving that too many cooks spoil the s'mores
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
The first half of the film is enjoyable but hit and miss. After that, it's just miss.
Carla Meyer - San Francisco Chronicle
Tenley Woodman - Boston Herald
A pleasant end-of-summer diversion that won't insult your intelligence. Too much, anyway.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
Imagine you're watching 'Dizzy Detectives' and after Moe wallops Curly with a two-by-four, he delivers a treacly speech about how much he appreciates his friendship...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Whether one installs the silent 'up a creek' preamble to the title depends on how you feel about serious silliness.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Extremely dumb, sporadically funny wacky-camping comedy.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
In a shocking deviation from the normal PR drill, Bart the Bear Jr. provides FilmStew with a heartfelt and conflicted first-person review.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
Without the sense of fun adventure that makes you want to ride along with these guys. I wanted to assume the fetal position and have a giant bear come and take me away.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Without a Paddle credibly defines the cheap satisfaction you can get from foolish summer distraction.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Without a Paddle would have been much more entertaining if Brill had been less focused on what a bear does in the woods.
Dan Lybarger - Kansas City Star
Without a Paddle wants to fascinate us with our own repulsion, and the wraparound, absurdly sentimental story is there to fill space between obvious and appalling sight gags.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
What promises to be a comic take on the 1972 thriller Deliverance, is actually closer to Dude, Where's My Car? as it drifts aimlessly from one dopey situation to another.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
Not as horrible as I thought, but still not necessarily worth a trip to the local movie house.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Decent performances, slightly smart dumb humor and a dash of thirtysomething nostalgia puts Without a Paddle a notch above the movie you're probably expecting
Tim Cogshell - Boxoffice Magazine
Buddy wilderness adventure comedy has a big heart, even if it's a been-there, done-that comedy.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Dean Essner - AV Club
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
Unfortunately, most of the best stuff is in the trailer.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
This is the kind of movie where the centerpiece scene involves dropping poop on people's heads. If that doesn't discourage you from seeing it, I can't imagine anything will.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Essentially a long, drawn out comedic take of last year's Texas Chainsaw ripoff, Wrong Turn, except with most of the jokes excised.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
At least Harold and Kumar were stoned (and funny). When characters are this stupid in a movie, they deserve to be eaten by a bear.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Without a Paddle is also without talent, originality, anything to laugh at, or a reason to buy a ticket
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
They say that still waters run deep. Suffice it to say that the waters of Without a Paddle are raging...a soggy embarrassment for all involved.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
It's as if somebody was telling you about a joke, rather than telling you the actual joke.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
An eye-rolling amalgam of City Slickers and a played-for- laughs Deliverance.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
It programs its cheap laughs efficiently enough to make you think you're not really wasting your time.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
It's not that good, but it could be a whole lot worse.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
Imagine Deliverance as a PG-13 slapstick cartoon for 13-year-old boys. Better yet, don't.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Without a Joke would be a better title.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
We're missing more than just a paddle here.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
For those who think 'Deliverance' didn't have enough Poop Humor.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Can't decide whether it wants to be a slapstick-y, gross-out comedy, or a heartfelt Stand By Me-meets-Deliverance drama.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
[Plays] like something even John Hughes would have left in the drawer.
Robert Abele - L.A. Weekly
Not even a paddle can save this ship from sinking.
David Levine - Filmcritic.com
...bad almost by default, as if everyone involved had a few yuks then bailed out mid-stream...leaving the movie adrift and appropriately titled.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
When anything is this inept, it starts to feel aggressive.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Without a Paddle just misses being rip-roarishly funny.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
May not sink as far into the muck as most movies of its type, but despite its treasure-hunting theme it unearths no comic riches.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A completely silly but surprisingly funny comedy ... and a real crowd-pleaser.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Without a paddle lives up to its name; it sinks.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
This film has probably got the best action you'll ever see in a stupid comedy. Surprisingly refreshing.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Add Steven Brill's Without a Paddle to that id-grinding pig-pile that includes Sorority Boys and the American Pie films.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
This is a picture pretty comfortable on the bottom of a video shelf with Welcome to Mooseport.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com