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The Night Before

7/10
Comedy
 

In New York City for their annual tradition of Christmas Eve debauchery, three lifelong best friends set out to find the Holy Grail of Christmas parties since their yearly reunion might be coming to an end.

 
Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Seth Rogen , Anthony Mackie , Lizzy Caplan , Jillian Bell , Mindy Kaling , Kanye West , Lorraine Toussaint , Aaron Hill , Natalie Knepp
Directors: Jonathan Levine
Country: USA
Release: 2015-11-20
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  • Drew McWeeny

    It may be overstuffed the point of bursting, but there's much to like here.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Ken McIntyre

    If buddy movies are your thing but Christmas flicks aren't, you'll enjoy this refreshingly edgy romp about three friends lost in the city full of hallucinogens and regrets.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Rebecca Keegan

    A raucous and refreshing new take on the Christmas movie.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    There’s still plenty of laughs left over for the audience, and the aggressive randomness of the script fuels some genuinely inventive comic moments. Although the writers of this R-rated cinematic binge frequently lose their focus, they never lose their sense of humor.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    The Night Before isn’t Rogen’s funniest movie. Minute for minute, it doesn’t have as many laughs as "Superbad," "Neighbors," or "This Is The End," among others. But it does contain one of Rogen’s funniest performances, as Isaac navigates a very long and very bad drug trip, a responsibility-free Christmas gift from his wife.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Leah Greenblatt

    In its own druggy, dick-pic way, it’s also a pretty endearing tribute to male friendship — hammy and crude and more baked than a fruitcake, but with a sweetly squishy holiday heart at its center.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Russ Fischer

    Always energetic like the wild whoop of a bachelor party, the lights burn brightest when The Night Before indulges in big goofs and kooky tangents.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • John DeFore

    It offers more than enough laughs to justify taking time out from TV marathons of A Christmas Story, and maybe enough, at least for younger audiences, to become a pinch-hitter each year when established classics like Elf grow too familiar.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Rogen’s zonked-to-insanity performance is the lifeblood of The Night Before, giving it the sort of joyous, madcap energy that comes from letting loose with one’s closest comrades, even to the point of potential oblivion.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It's rowdy fun with a dash of sweetness.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Still, it's pretty rich watching Rogen puke all over a Christmas Eve Mass in front of his in-laws.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    The Night Before is hardly a Christmas miracle, but it’s good for a laugh or two. And that’s not a bad way to get into the holiday spirit.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    The Night Before is a well-intentioned comedy with some big laughs and some big misfires, but it ultimately works because Rogen and his well-cast buddies ground it in a way that makes them likable. A killer Michael Shannon supporting performance never hurts either.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    If the spirit of the season is making you sick to your stomach, The Night Before, scruffy and uneven as it is, might be the perfect purge.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    It’s a pageant, as they say — a bunch of cameos and funny situations all sort of held together with a bare bones plot and some nods to the Christmas spirit.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Ian Freer

    It doesn’t all land, but The Night Before is largely a salty, sweet jingle ball.

    Empire Full Review
  • Allen Salkin

    It’s enjoyable, but it’s also trite.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Jonathan Levine’s night of debauchery and hugs hits a sweet spot of inoffensive offensiveness.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    Surprisingly, for a movie this ephemeral, the closing sequences, which consist of flashbacks and confrontations, are actually quite touching.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    The pre-Thanksgiving release of Jonathan Levine’s The Night Before celebrates those Christmas blessings that are beloved by all: scatological humor, smarmy sentimentality, and gross product placement.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    The emotional moments don’t pay off any better than most of the jokes, which reach for the safest kinds of provocative punch lines having to do with sex, race and religion.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    At times, it’s really funny. More often, it’s “shocking” for the sake of shock value, gross for the sake of being gross, and stupid-goofy without much of a payoff.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The Night Before wants to make you laugh and cry, but it doesn’t give us enough opportunities to do enough of either.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    This “one crazy night” taps out at lightly kooky; there’s nothing here that gets within striking distance of the sheer weirdness of "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" or the darkness of "After Hours", to name two genre stablemates.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Christopher Gray

    It aims to foster a spirit of giddy anarchy in order to tie a ribbon around its shambolic script and rickety pacing.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    At first the laughs are Hangover III–spare and the picture is too shambling to lunge for them. But these leftovers warm up eventually. The usual setups at last develop variations, and you might be reminded of why audiences first responded to Rogen back in Knocked Up.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    A so-so stoner film where the premise is almost always better than the execution.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Dan Callahan

    It’s as if the makers of The Night Before have it in them to make a touching and funny movie but instead throw that chance away by not taking what they’re doing seriously enough.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    The Night Before isn't anything Harold, Kumar or Billy Bob Thornton didn't desecrate before and better.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    An uneven R-rated Christmas comedy that's more enjoyable than, say, your Nana's fruitcake, but which at the same time doesn't feel quite like the dose of memorable holiday cheer it could have been.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    I was searching for a metaphor to capture the experience of watching The Night Before when a character fell backward into a dumpster full of garbage bags. Thanks, guys!

    New York Post Full Review
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