'Grown Ups' Critic Reviews

74%
MovieWeb:   18 reviews
9%
Rotten Tomatoes:   162 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    Diverting enough to get by, Grown Ups is Adam Sandler growing up -- but not too much.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    10
    Feels like the work of people who sat around a table for an hour or so tossing around hackneyed comic notions, then decided to slap them onto the screen and hope for the best.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Xan Brooks Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    If root canal surgery feels too childish a torment, may we direct your attention to this ghastly celebrity roast in the guise of a boisterous family comedy.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    The actors seem genuinely fond of one another, and the message -- don't pass up life's simple pleasures -- suits its PG-13 rating. And the '80s soundtrack is spot-on. But it isn't enough to salvage this film.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    25
    From each obvious setup to its hoary payoff, Grown Ups hews faithfully to its formula...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    40
    If you've ever wondered what The Big Chill would be like with old Saturday Night Live castmates -- well, why would you ever have done that?
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    It's one of those Sandler movies where the inevitable Steve Buscemi cameo passes for the highlight.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    It looks like everyone had a good time making Grown Ups. Too bad you can't say the same thing about watching it.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    40
    Ever been around a group of friends who crack each other up while you stand to the side and scratch your head?
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    63
    It's a crude and decent-hearted outing.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    0
    During "Grown Ups," I felt a deep sadness every time the audience laughed and the sounds of their chuckles turned into the ringing of the cash register, and all I thought was a grim, simple truth: This, America, is why we can't have nice things.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Grown Ups is a pleasant, genial, good-hearted, sometimes icky comedy that's like spending a weekend with well-meaning people you don't want to see again any time real soon.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • S. James Snyder Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    Grown Ups betrays everything sweet, sincere and low-key that actuality makes it special.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    It's a tiny bit better than Couples Retreat, so that's good.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Beneath all the forced hilarity lies an awful fear of aging - and Sandler is only 43! This is gonna be rough.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    The film drifts along on a stream of humiliation jokes -- physical, emotional, sexual, hairpiece-ial.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    13
    This bone-lazy film is a comedy only if you believe Kevin James falling off a rope swing is funny.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    17
    It's total garbage.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    30
    It's like The Big Chill made by morons.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    Grown Ups delivers precious few laughs for the sheer volume of comedy talent on offer.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    When Grown Ups star and co-writer Adam Sandler repeatedly slapped Rob Schneider in the face with a dehydrated banana, I was jealous of Schneider, who suffered less than I did getting slapped upside the head by this rotting fruit of a comedy.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    38
    These guys set out to make a movie where they could crack each other up. At this late date, they can't even manage that.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    25
    What might just be the summer's worst movie, no small feat in a season already reeking of foul cinematic emissions.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    25
    Now, after that brief time out for a breath of honesty, Adam is back to lining his pockets again.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    You find yourself chuckling at a lonely gag that halfway works -- not that I can remember any right now -- and end up shivering with cold sweat, convinced that watching Grown Ups has permanently damaged your sanity and intelligence.
    Full Review » 4 years ago