Take Me Home Tonight 2011

Critics score:
28 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies: ...the comic tone is both strained and straining... Read more

Stephen Holden, New York Times: A reasonably watchable immersion in nostalgia. Read more

David Fear, Time Out: Misses the Hughes sensitive-raunch sweet spot, though a game supporting cast hits bull's-eyes on lesser targets. Read more

Ted Fry, Seattle Times: A bland string of pokes at fashion and 1988 period style. Read more

Christy Lemire, Associated Press: It, like, totally pains me to say this, but Take Me Home Tonight is a bummer. Read more

Nathan Rabin, AV Club: Like Can't Hardly Wait, it's a curiously straight-faced attempt to make an '80s comedy for an audience too young to remember the halcyon days of Alf. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: "Take Me Home Tonight" is not a bad movie. In fact, it's pretty good. It's just unnecessary. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: Completely unoriginal, sure, but watchable and even likable. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: [The] trite boy-meets-girl arc (he lies about his job) is occasionally offset by some potent comic misadventures. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: The mystery of Topher Grace's film career, and why it isn't better, continues with "Take Me Home Tonight." Read more

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle: Very last joke in the movie -- verbal gags, visual gags, musical cues, camera moves -- is crushingly literal. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: Give the genially bawdy '80s nostalgia trip Take Me Home Tonight credit where it's due: It's got the music part down pat Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: Drinking jokes. Sex jokes. Wild antics. Sincere looks. Nothing goes on here that hasn't gone on -- and gone on better -- in other movies. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: It does possess a certain backward-glancing innocent appeal. Read more

Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter: Topher Grace and Dan Fogler star in Michael Dowse's aggressively unfunny film which seeks the lowest common denominator in nearly every scene. Read more

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times: Overall "Take Me Home Tonight" represents a lateral move at best for its 24-hour party people, a step back at worst, and not worth your time either way. Read more

David Denby, New Yorker: This low-powered, amiable, stunningly unimportant movie is essentially one long, noisy party (set in two houses). Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: It's formulaic at best - and even that formula isn't always thought through. Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: It tries hard, but it always falls short. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: A dirge of a comedy... Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: The art direction and costumes are clearly a conscious choice, but if you're going to look back with affection (and/or irony), it helps to have something to say. Read more

Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com: Smart and funny tribute to the R-rated comedies of the 1980s. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: They speak entirely in plot points and punchlines and seem to be motivated only by lust, greed and ego. Well, we all are, but few bring to this motivation so little intelligence and wit. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: 'Take Me Home Tonight' has just enough heart and retro party spirit to hold the line before familiarity breeds contempt. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Like a zippy lost treasure from the days of VHS and Duran Duran. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: It pretends to be hungry like the wolf, yet it ends up doing the safety dance. Read more

Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine: An amiable diversion, kept afloat by some comic moments of the raunchy, silly variety, and by something that does feel rather retro: a kindness to its youthful characters. Read more

Anna Smith, Time Out: It's an amiable but slow slice of nostalgia: think 'Hot Tub Time Machine' meets 'Superbad' - without the big laughs. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: As a raunchy romantic comedy or an homage to the 1980s, Take Me Home Tonight is hardly worth a one-night stand. Read more

Brian Lowry, Variety: Take Me Home Tonight is a pleasant-enough all-in-one-night comedy, featuring a protagonist facing the classic Graduate-like existential dilemma of post-college paralysis. Read more

Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice: Where Adventureland announced an allegiance to freak-scene '80s culture and made a vital detail of one character's fluffing the title of a Lou Reed song, there's nothing so specific in Take Me Home Tonight. Read more

Stephanie Merry, Washington Post: After the gimmick begins to fade, what remains is less than likable characters inhabiting an all-too-familiar plot. Read more