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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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? show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

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

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 65
    Movieline

    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. show more

  • 70
    Scott Tobias NPR

    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. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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

  • April 07, 2013 sjweil
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    Just finished watching and all I can say to you naysayers is get real. This movie was funny. Besides funny it was like real life including the language. Had all the elements of a good movie. Sarcasm, love sex humor family matters finance music surprise forgiveness. As good as the 40 yr old virgin!

  • April 06, 2013 fe00000000144243
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    Loved this movie, filthy humor and very funny. My husband and I both loved it

  • April 01, 2013 tw00000000142903
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    funny movie. a ********** im going to watch this one again. me and the wife loved it, you can see similarities in this movie that you would see in your own life. very good movie

  • March 31, 2013 ryanmotley
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    This movie was so funny, one the best movies I have seen in a long time. 100% recommend

  • March 25, 2013 jackd1207
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    There were some funny parts. Too many screwed up characters; no one was normal. I was glad when the movie ended (2hrs 13 min.).

  • February 16, 2013 mh00000000138435
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    If you are married and you\'ve been together for awhile, this movie hits home. Funny and romantic. Do what makes you happy and be thankful for your family.

  • February 01, 2013 kbm777film
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    Looking for a movie to see tonight? THIS IS NOT IT!!!! THE.WORST.MOVIE.EVER!!!!!!!!!

  • January 26, 2013 mcfourpower
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    Very disappointning! Some scenes were really unnecessary, language was completely vulgar and most of the acting was bad (except for the girls) I was anxious to see the end and leave!

  • January 21, 2013 beancamp
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    very disappointing with contrived scenarios and over the top interactions. We know gratuitous profanity in the form of f-this f-that is a cover for a lack of depth in vocabulary and creativity.... felt like I needed an ear cleansing afterward

  • January 13, 2013 tamatrudi
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    A nonstop 4 ltr word script hardly qualifies as comedy or entertainment; guess that was to make up for lack of acting talent & storyline; sorry, didn\'t help; actors must have been desperate for work. Left after 1 hr; don\'t waste the money or time; it deserves the lowest rating possible! Tks for chance to offer critiquing.

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