Due Date 2010

Critics score:
40 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Christy Lemire, Associated Press: It's got some individual laughs here and there but lacks sufficient story or character development to hold the whole endeavor together. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: Due Date is funny enough, but it should have been funnier. Read more

Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies: Due Date is, for all intents and purposes, a Planes, Trains and Automobiles for the post-Jackass age. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: Mr. Galifianakis is good enough to make you almost forget the movie. Read more

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out: Phillips can still launch a dog-masturbation joke into the stratosphere, but the welcome surprise here is tenderness. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: The basic problem is the script, which is credited to three writers plus the director -- seldom a good sign. Never mind that it's a retread of "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" minus the trains, and minus John Candy. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: "Due Date" is ultimately a long road trip to a predictable ending. Somebody wake up the real Downey and tell him we miss him. Read more

Keith Phipps, AV Club: Directing with more focus -- and eventually, more heart -- than he brought to The Hangover, Todd Phillips smartly lets his leads' chemistry power the movie. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: Due Date should be a disaster, derivative of every road-trip movie you've ever seen. What prevents that are the efforts of the two stars. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: I didn't believe this movie. Which is not the same as saying I didn't like it -- although, there is that. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: This odd-couple comedy reunites Galifianakis with Todd Phillips, who directed The Hangover, but don't expect anything like the other movie's novel plotting or wild slapstick. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: Downey is not entirely comfortable playing straight man and a little of Galifianakis's antics goes a long way. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: Due Date is a modern change-up on the old screwball comedy formula. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: The unexpected pairing of Galifianakis and Downey is a pleasure -- they're an unlikely duo so off in their chemistry as to be bizarrely on. Read more

Laremy Legel, Film.com: Films like Get Him to the Greek have already done a far superior job with madcap this year. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter: Todd Phillips' follow-up to the most successful R-rated comedy of all time serves up its share of laughs while not actually providing a terribly enjoyable time because of a queasy undercurrent that never goes away. Read more

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times: This is a disappointing turn coming from Phillips, particularly since "The Hangover" was such a fresh, bracing brew of black comic fun. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: The actors are fine: It's their long, arduous trek that lets the movie down. Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker: Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: Todd Phillips needs to get off the road. Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: Those hoping for another "Hangover" may be disappointed by Todd Phillips' punch-drunk followup, which is basically "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" for the road-rage generation. Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post: As in the most useless sitcoms, the laffs depend entirely on someone behaving as ridiculously as possible, in uninteresting ways devised by the dullest minds. Read more

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer: There is something comically symmetrical about Downey as an expectant dad rehearsing fatherhood with the overgrown boy and Galifianakis as the fatherless son who adopts Downey as his surrogate dad. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Phillips seems to have forgotten that bawdy comedy is only deemed "edgy" if it's funny. When the seedy jokes fall flat, the result is crass. Read more

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times: Just enough laughs to merit a recommendation. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: The movie probably contains enough laughs to satisfy the weekend audience. Where it falls short is in the characters and relationships. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: Is Due Date the new Hangover? It is not. But it has its own rewards. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: It has laughs. Take any scene at random, and it will probably have something mildly funny in it. But the comedy never really takes off because it's phony. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: The most offensive bodily fluid being hurled around in Due Date are the tears that Phillips dishonestly tries to wrest from the audience's eyes. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: For a road movie, "Due Date" generates hardly any momentum. Read more

Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Due Date" is pregnant with possibility; it's the delivery that disappoints. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: Under the nuanced direction of John Hughes, Candy made annoying seem hilarious and his broad girth endearing. As amped up by director Todd Phillips, Galifianakis makes annoying seem annoying. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: Watching Downey's vein-popping discomfiture in the company of Galifianakis is the best and possibly only reason for seeing the film. Read more

Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine: For all its supposed comedy, there's very little joy in Due Date. Read more

Tom Huddleston, Time Out: There are some decent laughs scattered throughout Due Date, but Phillips can't find a way to make his two leads likeable: they remain obnoxious and ill suited right to the schmaltzy finale. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: It's Downey's signature sarcasm and distinctive slow burn that make the movie. Galifianakis, in a perm that makes for comic gold, plays an expanded version of his Hangover character. Read more

Peter Debruge, Variety: So infuriating is Ethan that Due Date very nearly loses us, too, at the outset, but over time, the bearded boor manages to win everyone over, audience included. Read more

Karina Longworth, Village Voice: Due Date is fast, lazy, and out of control in a manner that's basically commendable. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: With "Due Date," director Todd Phillips perfects the particular brand of comic alchemy that made his 2009 comedy "The Hangover" such an unexpectedly huge hit. Read more