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Hilarious and imaginatively crude with a surprising sweet and subtle aftertaste that prevents it from flopping, limp and brainless, into the sugary abyss of romantic predictability.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin disarms us -- it is, at its heart, a sweet-natured romantic comedy. Unfortunately, you have to clear away a fair bit of debris to find that heart.
Denver Rocky Mountain News:
An undeniably likable quality helps make this smutty, silly late-summer entry more entertaining than many of its more polished counterparts.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin is too long, too sexist, and too -- shall we say -- flaccid.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie,
This character-driven comedy, with its excellent cast and let's-get-nutty finale featuring songs from Hair, is well worth your time.
Apatow genuinely loves his hero, and the film's innate sweetness carries it through the rough patches of a funny comedy with a central relationship that isn't particularly funny.
A nostalgic, sentimental and wholly bawdy comedy that will make you laugh until your sides hurt.
The whole film is about embarrassment, about those moments of clammy vulnerability when the world just turns and stares.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com),
The good-natured tone of the film and the wonderful comedic talents of the entire cast -- especially Carell -- make the gross-out moments charmingly relatable.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin offers some sparkling insights about the cumulative effects of performance anxiety, about how guys struggle with the transit from boys to men with little help from their pals.
The 40 Year-Old Virgin is buoyantly clever and amusing, a comedy of horny embarrassment that has the inspiration to present a middle-aged virgin's dilemma as a projection of all our romantic anxieties.
An unconscionably funny sex farce that, by its end, turns into a tender and honest romance, an acute portrait of loneliness and, believe it or not, a musical.
Those looking for the coarse, sometimes cheap laughs promised by the movie's attention-getting title won't be disappointed.
Carell brings something funny, and oddly real to Andy -- a touch of embarrassment, a bit of self-loathing, a genuinely sweet concern.
New York Times:
Steve Carell plays the title character in a charmingly bent comedy about a likable geek's progress from action figures to real action.
It's a little long, a lot lowbrow. But The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a stitch. See it if you could use a laugh.
If you're looking for a successor to There's Something About Mary and American Pie, look no further. It has arrived. And, if I may be so bold, this is more enjoyable than either of them.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin is surprisingly insightful, as buddy comedies go, and it has a good heart and a lovable hero.
If it were 20 minutes shorter, it would be that much closer to perfect.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
The 40-Year-old Virgin maintains a deft balancing act, playing raunchy sight gags and rude dialogue against heartfelt moments.
The 40 Year-Old Virgin speaks to the geek in us all, it's democratic in its ridicule, and it makes you understand why sometimes a guy just wants to stay home and talk to his toys.
At its best it resembles one of those classic early-'80s comedies starring Steve Martin -- the thinking man's Woody Allen -- boasting an acute mix of desperation, dignity, lunacy and indecorous wit.
It's worth making a date with The 40-Year-Old Virgin. You won't go home disappointed.
Crude, sophomorically homophobic but frequently funny.
[Continues the trend] whereby ethnic inclusiveness can write a blank check for ethnic stereotyping and the homo-panic jokes are supposed to be on the hetero lunkheads, not on, y'know, the gays.