'Date Night' Critic Reviews

71%
MovieWeb:   8 reviews
67%
Rotten Tomatoes:   224 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    Carell and Fey project an intellectual sharpness and an understanding of what's important in life - and what's ridiculous - that are the hallmarks of endearingly sane adults capable of sustaining both a hot career and a warm marriage-with-children.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    30
    Mr. Carell and Ms. Fey might have been able to pull it off -- if they had only been permitted to try.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    It's lively stuff with funny lines, droll cameos from Mark Wahlberg and James Franco, and a nice running gag about Jeanne Tripplehorn.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    This is the rare screwball comedy that is superbly paced, cleverly plotted and hilarious from start to finish.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    In the hands of, say, a Greg Kinnear and a Sarah Jessica Parker, the thing could be a disaster. It's not. Not by a long shot.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    Date Night manages to live down to its store-brand title. But it might have worked as a serious comedy about two people trying to resex their marriage and air their mounting grievances.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    Through it all, Carell and Fey are charming and sly.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    The movie's stars, Steve Carell and Tina Fey, are exactly what they seem. They're perfect casting in a short, sweet comedy that makes the most of their genial gifts until it loses its sense of proportion.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Maurstad Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    70
    Carell and Fey really are like Fred and Ginger, so smooth and sure-footed in their comic grace(lessness) and timing.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    50
    The screenplay, by Josh Klausner, proves that the easy laugh isn't always the best.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    70
    Date Night" is not exactly "Scenes From a Marriage," and yet, with Carell and Fey delivering both raucous comedy and real characters, "Date Night" is surprisingly smart, funny and sweet.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    In three or four scenes, they get a rhythm going, but the editing is smash-and-bash. Shawn Levy is not a director who honors performers' rhythms.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    Fey, in particular, finds herself in the situation of a prima ballerina unaccountably dancing with the Rockettes.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    A movie like Date Night encourages Hollywood comedy to occasionally dial down, and realize that comedy emerges from characters and situations and can't be manufactured from manic stunts and overkill.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    As Date Night revels in how danger and near-death experiences can reignite a marriage, it revels equally in how Carell and Fey can make a formulaic movie seem fresh, simply by virtue of their respective comic chops.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The action plotting is quick and clean and there are some funny supporting turns.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    Carell and Fey mine the humor of predictable characters acting unpredictably -- and frequently, they strike gold.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Carell and Fey ... can telegraph anxiety, humiliation and exasperated affection in a glance. They give the film a boost even Levy can't deflate.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    Its slapstick story of a married couple enduring outrageous fortune offers a lot of laughs, a bit of romance and plenty for either sex to relate to.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    There is some funny stuff here, particularly the asides between Carell and Fey, who have a comfortable chemistry. You can certainly believe that they're a harried married couple.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lael Loewenstein Variety (Top Critic)
    A romantic comedy with action, edge and genuine chemistry between its leads, Date Night scores a home run.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    A reasonably amusing way to pass Saturday night with a significant other.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    Watching Carell and Fey in action, trading quips and dodging gunfire as they attempt to make their way home to white-picket-fence suburbia, makes you wonder why it's taken so long to bring these two gifted comics together.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    Tina Fey is really funny. Steve Carell is really funny. Date Night stars Tina Fey and Steve Carell. Ergo, Date Night must be really ... sorry, I wish it worked that way almost as much as the studios do. But no.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Mary Elizabeth Williams Salon.com (Top Critic)
    What comes as a welcome surprise is how Date Night manages to make sport of romantic movie conventions without being mean about them.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
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