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This Is 40

6/10
Comedy
 

Pete and Debbie are both about to turn 40, their kids hate each other, both of their businesses are failing, they're on the verge of losing their house, and their relationship is threatening to fall apart.

 
Actors: Iris Apatow , Robert Smigel , John Lithgow , Charlyne Yi , Melissa McCarthy , Lena Dunham , Megan Fox , Maude Apatow , Jason Segel , Leslie Mann , Paul Rudd
Directors: Judd Apatow
Country: USA
Release: 2012-12-21
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  • Owen Gleiberman

    This Is 40 isn't always hilarious, but it's ticklishly honest and droll about all the things being a parent can do to a relationship. And why it's still worth it.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    A few broadly comic moments aside, This Is 40 also captures the rhythms and concerns of real life in ways that slicker Hollywood comedies don't.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Hughes

    With his fourth film as writer-director, Judd Apatow has arguably made his most personal film yet, without forgetting to make us laugh.

    Empire Full Review
  • Matt Mueller

    Apatow's return creates a pleasantly sprawling, perceptive study of mid-life angst that never lacks for laughs. Promoting Rudd and Mann from Knocked Up's margins to centre stage proves to be a shrewd move.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    We aren't used to comedies that make us squirm like this. That doesn't mean they aren't worth our time. This Is 40 is.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Judd Apatow's instincts have rarely been sharper, wiser or more relatable than in This Is 40, an acutely perceptive, emotionally generous laffer about the joys and frustrations of marriage and middle age.

    Variety Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    In short, This Is 40, in tried and true Apatowian style, mixes weighty issues about intimacy and cohabitation with astute and smart-alecky pop culture references, crude bathroom jokes, stoner riffs, boob ogling, and existential angst.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Apatow still hasn't set the table for a meaty drama, but making us laugh is a piece of cake.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Although This is 40 is too long and at times over-the-top, its essence is grounded in everyday moments and emotions that will have viewers nodding with understanding and recognition.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    That's what makes This Is 40 so potently, painfully funny, even when it's gross. What other film would dare suggest rectal monitoring as a form of closeness?

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    There will be many who won't be able to get past the language in This Is 40. There will be others who will worry that the king of callous has gone soft on them. I'm just happy to see one of this generation's most influential comic minds back on track - the laugh track.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Calling it a mess would be both accurate and pointless, because a tidier comedy would squeeze the life out of this vital, generous blob of a film.

    NPR Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    There are a lot of loose ends and a few forced conclusions. But, then again, the acceptance of imperfection is Mr. Apatow's theme, so a degree of sloppiness is to be expected. That's life.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Much like marriage, This Is 40 is somewhat formless, and it almost never hurries up. But life is improved by having the option.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Denby

    For Apatow, one guesses, the only things that can forestall death are comedy (the movie is full of superb comics, including Albert Brooks and Melissa McCarthy) and the flourishing of his children, Maude and Iris, who appear in the movie as Debbie and Pete's daughters.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Even with all its ups and downs, there are more than enough bawdy laughs and truthful emotional moments to put this over as a mainstream audience pleaser during a holiday season short on good comedies.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The performers are so likable that you stay with them even when, as is often the case, the material is hit-or-miss.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    There are laughs to be found, as unfiltered improvisations on subjects such as Viagra, home electronics, pot cookies and the end of "Lost" come fast and furious.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Does Apatow understand his heroes are assholes?

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Alison Willmore

    Apatow's film comes across as overstuffed and understructured, a collection of elements that hasn't really been assembled into a story and could do with the backbone.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Apatow rescued big-screen comedy from its lengthy wallow in the trough of dumb-and-dumber – we have good reason to thank the guy. Until now. In This Is 40, his fingerprints are still identifiable, but not nearly as crisp. They're starting to look smudged.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Give it plenty of points for brutal honesty. But This is 40 could have used more laughs.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The best scenes - the only time This Is 40 taps into genuinely messy comic anxiety - feature Brooks, who shpritzes shabby false confidence as Pete's pop, saddled with a younger wife and triplets he can't tell apart. Otherwise, the movie never quite comes to a point.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    It displays a growing sense of fluidity and craft [from Apatow]. ... But much of the script feels oddly dishonest and dodgy.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Yes, Apatow's film has its peaks and valleys -- just the way life does -- but it stands alone nicely on its own, a satisfying comedic riff on life and all of its absurdities.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    It all comes down to the Big Birthday Party and a furious bike ride, which he's clearly done before, in "The 40 Year Old Virgin."

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    Apatow indulges in his freeform tendencies to a particularly destructive degree with This is 40, resulting in a movie in which the ambitions are only equaled by the shortcomings.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Overlong, unnecessarily sex-obsessed and downright nasty at times, This Is 40 feels haphazard and unfinished, despite a few moments of laugh-out-loud humor.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    As the movie goes on, the laughs are fewer and farther between, and for the last 30 minutes, not only did I not laugh, I wanted it to end so I could get back to my own boring but less precious life.

    Time Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Welcome to the world of white people problems, ground zero for the strain of American comedies that Apatow does best. But does he really?

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Henry Barnes

    It's not bad, exactly – but it is boring and very rarely funny. This is laboured. This is aimless. This Is 40. It's really quite a grind.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    There's a funny movie scratching at the edges of This is 40. Unfortunately, writer-director Judd Apatow sees himself as the John Cassavetes of Comedy, so every time that funny movie starts to emerge, Apatow tramples it with scenes of domestic irritation.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    I don't think he (Apatow) did enough research on his topic. Because no one could be as whiny, spoiled, tasteless, combative and reliant on annoying stand-up comedy riffs as the entire cast of this film, the most disappointing one of the year.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The movie that's meant to be his (Apatow) most personal turns out to be his most dully generic.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    This is 40 is crude and dull, with a supporting cast that reminds you how utterly uninteresting the main characters are.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jesse Cataldo

    It certainly suffers from the staleness of its off-the-cuff, improv-inspired mode of comedy, which prizes free-form riffing over organically constructed comedic scenarios.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    At its worst, This Is 40 feels like being condemned to watch two hours of someone else's home movies - overly long, self-indulgent, and bone-crushingly banal.

    Slate Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Apatow has drifted further and further from comedy with every film, but This is 40 is the first where he hasn't even bothered to write any jokes. Instead of snappy dialogue, we get lazy exchanges.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The real problem with This Is 40 is its lack of truth, that Apatow wanted to express something about married life, and it eluded him. After all, no less than Kierkegaard once said that the actual dynamics of marriage are beyond the scope of art, and he was the best movie critic of the 19th century.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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