• Released
  • December 21, 2012
  • R , 2 hr 14 min
  • Comedy
  • 5,261 Fan Ratings
91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
This Is 40 isn't always hilarious, but it's ticklishly honest and droll about all the things being a parent can do to a relationship. And why it's still worth it.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
That's what makes This Is 40 so potently, painfully funny, even when it's gross. What other film would dare suggest rectal monitoring as a form of closeness?
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
In short, This Is 40, in tried and true Apatowian style, mixes weighty issues about intimacy and cohabitation with astute and smart-alecky pop culture references, crude bathroom jokes, stoner riffs, boob ogling, and existential angst.
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70

NPR

By Scott Tobias
Calling it a mess would be both accurate and pointless, because a tidier comedy would squeeze the life out of this vital, generous blob of a film.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Even with all its ups and downs, there are more than enough bawdy laughs and truthful emotional moments to put this over as a mainstream audience pleaser during a holiday season short on good comedies.
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65

Movieline

Apatow's film comes across as overstuffed and understructured, a collection of elements that hasn't really been assembled into a story and could do with the backbone.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The best scenes - the only time This Is 40 taps into genuinely messy comic anxiety - feature Brooks, who shpritzes shabby false confidence as Pete's pop, saddled with a younger wife and triplets he can't tell apart. Otherwise, the movie never quite comes to a point.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Give it plenty of points for brutal honesty. But This is 40 could have used more laughs.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
There's a funny movie scratching at the edges of This is 40. Unfortunately, writer-director Judd Apatow sees himself as the John Cassavetes of Comedy, so every time that funny movie starts to emerge, Apatow tramples it with scenes of domestic irritation.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The real problem with This Is 40 is its lack of truth, that Apatow wanted to express something about married life, and it eluded him. After all, no less than Kierkegaard once said that the actual dynamics of marriage are beyond the scope of art, and he was the best movie critic of the 19th century.
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59 out of 100
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