'The Change-Up' Critic Reviews

77%
MovieWeb:   8 reviews
25%
Rotten Tomatoes:   151 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    There's one consolation, and that's in watching the stars play opposite what is 
 often their type of guy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    The body-swapping premise, which is stale to begin with, isn't explored with any depth, unless you find meaningful Freudian subtext in the movie's relentless anal fixation.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    [A] largely uninspired identity-switch comedy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    While this raunchy Freaky Friday meets Trading Places has some laughs, it's more often frat-boy crass, frantic and formulaic.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    38
    Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds struggle valiantly to transcend the movie they're in.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    Reynolds speaks in obscenities the way bad bakeries use cupcake icing, and Bateman is almost bitterly uptight. But the movie largely fulfills the promise of the swap.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Karina Longworth Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Pivots on the discrepancy in life experience and hipness between an adult and an adolescent, and, uh, distinguishes itself by maintaining an extreme, puerile worldview while finding a way to wedge "adult language" into virtually every sentence
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    The thing is, this could have been funny.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Talented people all, and either prisoners of the studio system, which will do anything it takes to reach an audience, or willing players in a soiled playpen.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    50
    Pee-pee humor abounds in The Change-Up. There's also a lot of poo-poo humor. And ta-ta humor.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    50
    I want to hate The Change-Up for its relentless scatology, its imaginative bankruptcy, its juvenile need to push every superficial content restriction to the outer limits.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kathleen Murphy MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    60
    ...stifle your inner censor and give this half-smart, deliciously transgressive mess of a movie a chance.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    This comedy doesn't work very well.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    38
    It has a low opinion of men, a lower opinion of women, and the lowest opinion of the intelligence of its audience.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    A lot of it, in fact, is hacky and repellent.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    They're good at their specialties -- Reynolds's casual jock studliness and Bateman's nervous white-collar introversion -- and they're even better at switching into the other guy's shtick and mannerisms.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    The filmmakers are under the mistaken impression that in order for a gag to work, the audience should gag from the gross-out situation.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    13
    Universal Pictures has filed for creative bankruptcy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    59
    A thoroughly silly, intermittently hilarious reworking of the Freaky Friday body-switch concept.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    It's hard not to be disappointed with "The Change-Up," which in the end follows the basic conventions of the switched-identity genre, if more profanely, changing up not much at all.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    25
    The Change-Up drags on endlessly, held together with scatology, flatulence and masturbation.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    While the reliable Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman wring some laughs from a creaky but durable setup... the script takes R-rated gross-out humor to such forced extremes that its later bid for sentimental sweetness feels disingenuous and unearned.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    As in Judd Apatow's phallocentric comic fantasies, the considerable raunch and implicit sexism of "The Change-Up" barely mask a worldview that's far from transgressive.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    50
    This overlong and overly obvious movie has little flow to it, no comic momentum to take us to the ending we see coming pretty much right at the beginning.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    25
    The Change-Up goes downhill faster than a snowboarder strapped to a jetpack.
    Full Review » 3 years ago