'Knocked Up' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   21 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   233 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    90
    Finally, a breath of fresh air arrives in the stale summer of sequels.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    92
    Knocked Up is comic chicken soup for the Colbert Nation soul.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    100
    It may be a bit, um, premature to say so, but Judd Apatow's Knocked Up strikes me as an instant classic, a comedy that captures the sexual confusion and moral ambivalence of our moment.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    Two future parents in their early 20s, hardly even grownups, make a romantic, idealistic wager on the future of their love. Apatow pulls off the considerable trick of making us feel protective, even parental towards these people.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    What makes the movie so winning are its endearing and relatable characters who spout believable dialogue and amusing banter, steeped in clever pop-culture references and sharp observations of human nature.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Knocked Up turns out to be not just rude, crude and outrageously funny but a deceptively sophisticated meditation on moral agency -- with pot jokes!
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    The 40-Year-Old Virgin and his new Knocked Up make writer-director Judd Apatow today's preeminent creator of low-concept sex comedies.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Robert Wilonsky Village Voice (Top Critic)
    It's a sincere meditation on adulthood, accountability, and fidelity -- and, yeah, getting high.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    88
    Apatow's dialogue is so good, the undercurrent of his story so inherently sweet, and the performances so engaging, that you surrender immediately.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Judd Apatow's high-density, high-intensity comedy of bad (and good) manners is a cause for celebration -- the laugh lines are smart, and they come faster than you can process them.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    75
    While Apatow's movie isn't perfect, it's still a fumbling and funny valentine to the shock of pregnancy, the reality of love and the chaos of all that comes after.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    84
    It's a very simple movie that ends up making room for some invitingly complex ideas.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Booth Denver Post (Top Critic)
    I doubt you'll see a funnier movie this summer than Knocked Up. Apatow has clearly earned the unusual mantle of chief chronicler of modern family life in all its profane glory.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Knocked Up feels very now. The banter is bruisingly funny, the characters brilliantly childish, the portrait of our culture's narrowing gap between children and their elders hysterical -- in all senses.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The likelihood of [director Judd] Apatow turning into Chris Columbus or Ron Howard seems refreshingly slight.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    Knocked Up is half goofball guy-movie and half sentimental chick-flick, and it works on both levels, even if it does overstay its welcome.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    Apatow's awfully sharp as a chronicler of contemporary romantic anxieties.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Funny, honest, and generous, this is mainstream American comedy at its best.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    Apatow's marriage of guyville and girlworld is not one made in heaven -- he's too pragmatic to observe the rom-com conventions. What's potent about Knocked Up is its down-to-earthiness.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    Grownups, your summer smash has arrived.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Adam Graham Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    Knocked Up is full of huge laughs and witty pop culture banter but also offers insightful and honest explorations of marriage, relationships, friendship and parenthood.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    The comedy often feels like voyeurism -- a bunch of really funny guys (and girls) invited us over to hang out with them for the weekend.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Knocked Up isn't going to help change the world or anything, but at the very least it may help take one's mind off the relentlessly dismal headlines. I don't know what greater service a mere movie can perform these days.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Joe Leydon Variety (Top Critic)
    Knocked Up is uproarious. Line for line, minute to minute, writer-director Judd Apatow's latest effort is more explosively funny, more frequently, than nearly any other major studio release in recent memory.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    100
    An era-defining comedy classic to rank with Little Miss Sunshine. It's this generation's When Harry Met Sally, and it's even better than The 40-Year-Old Virgin, because the freakish situation it uses as a setup is life.
    Full Review » 7 years ago