Away We Go 2009

Critics score:
67 / 100

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Christopher Orr, The New Republic: You may very well enjoy Away We Go more than I did. But rest assured that you will never love this movie as much as it loves itself. Read more

Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies: Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski carry this movie. Read more

Robert Abele, Chicago Tribune: Glib and charming in roughly equal measure, the road-tripping "Away We Go" is worth seeing for Maya Rudolph, best known for being underutilized on "Saturday Night Live." Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: Does it sound as if I hate this movie? Don't be silly. But don't be fooled. This movie does not like you. Read more

Christy Lemire, Associated Press: Away We Go rejects those cliches and instead takes an honest, humorous and ultimately moving look at the prospect of a family growing from two members to three. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: A low-key comedy with its lead characters displaying an ambling, laid-back charm. Read more

Scott Tobias, AV Club: Though Away We Go lacks the screwball unpredictability of something like Flirting With Disaster, it compensates with a unexpected depth of feeling, a novelist's (or memoirist's) sense of detail, and a panoramic view of what home means. Read more

Arizona Republic: Mendes, working from a script by husband-and-wife hipsters Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, ends things in a vaguely haunting way without really resolving them, which is a good thing. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: Mendes can't entirely surmount the smugness that pollutes Eggers and Vida's picaresque script. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: In the end, Away We Go is highly sentimental. It's about finding a place to belong in a world that doesn't make it easy, and it's also about the almost hallucinatory anxiety of becoming a parent. Good subjects, weak payoff. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: It's hardly painful, but it's not exactly thrilling, either. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: A gilded entry in the cinema du quirk. It's a movie that invites you, all too often, to feel superior to the people on screen. Yet it's been designed, shot, and edited with unusual finesse, and the two main characters are fresh screen types. Read more

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Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly: This modern parable about a hipster Joseph and Mary sounds glib, but director Sam Mendes lets it breathe Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Away We Go is a self-satisfied film about insecure people, a quirky and episodic comic drama that squanders its genuine assets and ends up not as special as it tries to be. Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday: Rudolph lends depth and complexity to this otherwise facile story. Read more

David Denby, New Yorker: Some of the episodes are ripely satirical, others almost heartbreaking. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: Away We Go promises a funky emotional road trip, and delivers a few funny snapshots. But it takes too many detours, tarries too long in nothing-to-do backwaters, and finally arrives at a destination that was inevitable from the start. Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: It's too bad [the writers] didn't follow their slacker protagonists' example, and amble slowly through their cross-country road trip flick. Instead, they all labor overtime to mark every stop along the map, usually with neon signs and flashing arrows. Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post: Director Sam Mendes fails to make them as beautifully fragile as he wants to. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: Away We Go makes a nice metaphor for a rootless, self-involved culture of parents trying to get it right and getting all the wrong advice as they do. Read more

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer: The unassuming performances by Krasinski and Rudolph help make this the first Mendes movie that feels lived-in rather than staged. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Sam Mendes' Away We Go is a film for nice people to see. Read more

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Stephanie Zacharek, The main sin of Away We Go is simple dullness. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: Away We Go comes with a pedigree that's undeniable, but this time the filmmakers benefit from the experience, and the audience barely breaks even. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: Away We Go is like a disappointing term paper by a promising student. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: By my count, two episodes succeed and half a dozen fall flat. Your mileage may vary. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: Krasinski and Rudolph make a convincing, uncertain young couple, a bit smarter than the usual slacker set. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: Away We Go is dead-end Quirkville, penned by real-life couple Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, successful authors taking an unfortunate wrong turn into movie writing. Read more

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Ben Walters, Time Out: That every supporting character is depicted as insufferable or pitiable or both would be bad enough; what's worse is that the couple discover nothing about themselves that wasn't obvious from the opening. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: Away We Go is an exploratory and occasionally bittersweet trek that takes unexpected turns and winds up in an emotionally satisfying place. Read more

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Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: Feels like a welcome respite from the false happily-ever-afters of most mainstream movies. Read more