Trainwreck 2015

Critics score:
85 / 100

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Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times: Schumer's performance is a tour de force of razor-sharp comedic timing. Read more

Wesley Morris, Grantland: It's got no rhythm or reliable comfort zone. The jokes and ensemble scenes are all rushed, so you can't savor them or what anyone in them is doing. Read more

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press: If you're looking for something radical, you'd be best to stick with Schumer's television show. Trainwreck is just good fun, and a lot of it at that. Read more

Sara Stewart, New York Post: "Trainwreck" is a corrective to a lot of outdated cliches. It's very funny and sweet and even a little weepy, and it has maybe the best scene ever filmed of dirty talk gone wrong. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, TIME Magazine: In the way of most Apatow films, Trainwreck is a little too long, a little too shaggy and a little too conservative in insisting that all's square in love and war. Read more

Scott Foundas, Variety: Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow craft a winning portrait of a good time Sally in the grip of her first serious relationship. Read more

Jesse Hassenger, AV Club: Unlike many comic vehicles and just as many big-city romances, it's a real, and ultimately rewarding, piece of work. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: Once the romance takes off, the entire film shifts. It becomes more of a conventional romantic comedy, albeit one with really dirty words. And it remains hilarious, because Schumer seems to be incapable of being anything else. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: "Trainwreck" serves as confirmation that a star is born, a seemingly average woman whose above-average superpowers include reminding us of our own. Where she goes from here should be fascinating to watch. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: Schumer and Hader are wonderful together. Gender inequity in the world of comedy deserves all the overdue attention it's getting, and more. But there are matters of craft, wit (no matter how crude the jokes) and timing that transcend chromosomes. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: The absolute best thing about this film, aside from Schumer's strong, smart voice, is the promise of more to come. This lady's just getting started. Read more

Preston Jones, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/ Trainwreck is a tart blend of frank sexuality and domestic drama, giving audiences something they rarely see at the movies: a woman unapologetic about wanting sex. Read more

Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly: Beneath all of his bad-boy shtick, Apatow's always been a pretty conventional moralist. But Schumer gives their raunchy rom-com enough of her signature spikiness to prevent it from ever feeling predictable. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: Apatow and Schumer know that sturdy comedy benefits from the stuff of real life, and they supply it in consistent and sneaky fashion. Read more

John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter: Schumer has never had anything like a leading film role, but self-revealing stand-up and a TV series have limbered her up for the job. Read more

Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times: A surprisingly touching and raucously funny R-rated comedy written by and starring Amy Schumer. Read more

Esther Breger, The New Republic: People who go into Trainwreck looking for that Amy --the subversive truth-teller, the feminist role model -- are likely to be disappointed. Their loss. Trainwreck is a surprisingly old-fashioned romantic comedy, the kind that rarely gets made anymore. Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday: Despite Schumer's subversive instincts, the romantic comedy remains unchanged. Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker: So much for the promise of the title. "Trainwreck" sticks to the rails. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: Schumer's pretty wonderful, and the movie - in a summer that was still waiting for its R-rated smash - is great fun. Read more

Linda Holmes, NPR: Trainwreck ... has some very traditional romantic comedy elements, including a big, implausible finish. But even if you know where you're going to wind up, it takes interesting side trips along the way. Read more

Jacob Hall, New York Daily News: Schumer raises Apatow's game beautifully. Her biting, pitch-black wit and his penchant for character-driven comedy go together like gin and tonic. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: Often extremely funny, even if it never approaches the radicalness of [Schumer's] greatest, most dangerous work. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: Trainwreck is anything but. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Trainwreck is brash, funny, and often vulgar. Read more

Christy Lemire, It's a familiar rom-com dynamic, but the reversal of traditional on-screen gender roles-combined with Schumer and Hader's easy chemistry-makes "Trainwreck" feel new and fresh. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: Sweet is not how Schumer wants Trainwreck to go down. She wants to explode rom-com cliches and replace them with something fierce and ready to rumble. Done. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, "Trainwreck" is not very good, but Schumer is frequently amazing in it. Officially, her fans will not be disappointed; not far below the surface, it's a bummer. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: There's nothing remotely fresh about this plotline (or the way Apatow, true to form, makes the movie 20 minutes longer than it should be), but "Trainwreck" works as comedy more often than it doesn't - and that's rare enough. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: Romantic comedies can go in all sorts of directions, but they depend on the audience's believing that a couple should get together and stay together. But in "Trainwreck," that belief is hard to come by. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: [Schumer] takes the romantic-comedy heroine and the onscreen treatment of feminism to places they've seldom, if ever, been before. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: While I can't say I felt love at first sight for "Trainwreck," it is a raw and honest romantic farce, even when it is upside-down wrong. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: This is a fully fleshed-out movie, the funniest of the year. Read more

Christopher Orr, The Atlantic: This is a film that belongs not to its director but to its star, who, if there is any justice in the world, is about to ascend from cult icon to mass phenomenon. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: There's a funny movie in Trainwreck, but you may have to sift through a lot of debris to find it. Read more

Bruce Demara, Toronto Star: A film that crackles with edgy and boundary-pushing wit. Read more

Alonso Duralde, TheWrap: Ultimately comes down in favor of mainstream girl-gets-boy in a way that Inside Amy Schumer might find a little dubious, but it never feels like Schumer is aggressively watering down her uniquely prickly brand of comedy for a mass audience. Read more

Cath Clarke, Time Out: You forget how limited so many movies' ideas of women are until Schumer launches into an extended tampon joke. It's a film about everyday sexism and double standards. Read more

Liz Braun, Toronto Sun: We have seen the future of romantic comedy and its name is Amy Schumer. Thank the goddess. Read more

Brian Truitt, USA Today: With films such as Funny People and This Is 40, Apatow has toyed with finding the right blend of the serious and the hilarious and finally hits it here. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice: Apatow and Schumer probably believe they've made a feminist picture, but the reality is something different. This is a conventional movie dressed as a progressive one. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: What makes "Trainwreck" work is that [Schumer] approaches every beat - funny, serious and in-between - in an open, undefended state. And she's blessed with the perfect opposite number in Hader ... Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: The movie veers sharply off track toward the end. Still, the sum of its most memorable parts is great fun. Read more