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Couples Retreat

Romance . Comedy

Four couples, all friends, descend on a tropical island resort. Though one husband and wife are there to work on their marriage, the others just want to enjoy some fun in the sun. They soon find, however, that paradise comes at a price: Participation in couples therapy sessions is mandatory. What started out as a cut-rate vacation turns into an examination of the common problems many face.

Actors: Jason Bateman , Malin Åkerman , Vince Vaughn , Faizon Love , Tasha Smith , John Michael Higgins , Kristin Davis , Ken Jeong , Jon Favreau , Kristen Bell
Directors: Peter Billingsley
Country: USA
Release: 2009-10-09
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  • Owen Gleiberman

    Thanks to Vaughn, Favreau, and the stray sharp lines that pop out of everyone else, the film at least offers the lively sound of egos that still know how to swing.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Despite being mediocre and largely forgettable, Couples Retreat is not unpleasant, although it's easier to recommend it for home viewing than for a trip to a theater.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    A good idea for a sophisticated comedy lurks within the latest Jon Favreau-Vince Vaughn collaboration, Couples Retreat, but the filmmakers lack the courage of their convictions. So the payoff is mixed at best.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Among the better things in the movie, I count Vaughn's well-timed and smart dialogue.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The results are boring boring.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    The story and the humor get progressively skimpier than an Ipanema bikini.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    In Couples Retreat, it's Favreau, not Vaughn, who is wound up, and this vacation comedy goes nowhere.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    You'll have a few laughs, for sure. Just don't expect to enjoy yourself as much as everybody on screen.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    Those involved got to spend weeks at a Bora Bora luxury resort; all we get is this not lousy but unmemorable tropical-vacation comedy.

    Variety Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Tedious, unromantic, sophomoric and only sporadically funny.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    First-time feature director Peter Billingsley could have enlivened the action with more vigorous editing. Everything takes too long, and the slapstick sequences are particularly lethargic.

    NPR Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Features a running gag about a little boy in the midst of potty training who doesn’t always go where it’s appropriate. In a nutshell, that subplot explains everything that’s wrong about the film.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Nick Pinkerton

    The movie’s cumulative idea is that, forgetting the delusions of midlife panic, this is all there is, you’re already living the best possible life -- a message of sedentary wisdom betrayed when the actual film is as undeniably dreary as a plate of gummy Chicken Parmesan Tanglers.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Dan Zak

    Coasts on comic fumes, relying on colloquialisms, foreign accents, racial stereotypes, lemon sharks, Speedos and inopportune erections to supply the funny. Any one of these things might work in a comedy that was less contrived.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    A more helpful title for this date movie would have been Couples, Retreat!

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The cast got to spend a month shooting on Bora Bora. So that explains why they're in the movie. Why you'd spend good money for a ticket to watch them have all the fun and not have any fun yourself passes understanding.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    It is absolutely, inexcusably terrible.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    Too bad the movie is spoiling the view.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Everything about Couples Retreat feels plastic, though: the jokes, the trees, the extras, the attitudes. It’s dumbed-down entertainment aimed at a dumbed-down audience - the comedy equivalent of a McMansion.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Here's the title: Couples Retreat. And here's the review: Couples, Retreat. Yep, just find the verb, treat it as a command, and vamoose, unless you harbour an abiding curiosity about how eternally long 100 minutes can feel.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Finds it as impossible to locate a laugh in glittering Bora Bora as it was for Operation Enduring Freedom to nail Osama bin Laden in gritty Tora Bora.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    It’s too easy to say that Peter Billingsley shot his eye out with this inept comic trifle, but…well, he shot his eye out.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Neither funny nor honest. The exact opposite of a retreat, it's merely exhausting. Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    An R-rated version of this mess would be only more gratingly dishonest as it tried to hide its weak sentimentality behind a fig leaf of vulgarity.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    A schmaltzy, smutty and mean-spirited quasi-satire.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Intelligence is insulted at every turn in this new date movie.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    It's the audience for this film that will require therapy.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
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