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  • 60
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Thornton plays this low-ball farce with deceptive, masterful ease. Appreciate it. show more

  • 38
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Another one of those road comedies where Southern roots are supposed to make boring people seem colorful. If these characters were from Minneapolis or Denver, no way anyone would make a film about them. show more

  • 25
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    Its jokes aren't funny. Its sloppy direction comes courtesy of Jordan Brady, who made "The Third Wheel," another reportedly failed comedy gathering cobwebs at Miramax. show more

  • 25
    Miami Herald

    It's never a good sign when a movie's credits include: ''Tony Orlando as himself.'' But the crooner is the highlight of the dreadful Waking Up in Reno. show more

  • 50
    Sean Axmaker Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    This half-baked production sat on Miramax's shelf for a couple of years. It's no more done now than then, merely more stale. show more

  • 50
    J.R. Jones Chicago Reader

    The movie's "Beverly Hillbillies" humor had me laughing moderately, and by the end I wasn't even looking around to make sure no one noticed. show more

  • 40
    Robert Wilonsky Dallas Observer

    Not good enough to overcome its status as damaged goods, which is almost a shame, since audiences will miss Billy Bob Thornton's best performance, and hairpiece, in years. show more

  • 20
    John Patterson L.A. Weekly

    Director Jordan Brady achieves the remarkable feat of squandering a topnotch foursome of actors -- particularly Theron, a very game and able comedienne -- by shoving them into every clichéd white-trash situation imaginable. show more

  • 20
    Todd McCarthy Variety

    A hillbilly romantic comedy in which the hillbillies show up but the romance and comedy never do. show more

  • NA
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    The one thing that can be said of Waking Up in Reno is that it's rigorously consistent. Every note rings false. show more

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