40 Days and 40 Nights

Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33

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Critic Reviews

  1. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    80
    It's very funny, terrifically lively and, considering how awful it might have been, surprisingly tender in its portrait of a young guy who learns sensitivity the hard way.
  2. Can be taken as a mildly risque frothy date movie, but there's serious subtext for those who choose to look beneath surface sheen.
  3. 80
    Hartnett's pitch-perfect sexual panic can be hilariously funny.
  4. It's funny! It's not Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" or anything, but it's pretty darned good!
  5. This is smooth and at times even sensual -- a well-oiled machine.
  6. 75
    The quality writing, delivered by likable Hartnett and his talented co-stars, makes up for the sometimes flat production. A richly humorous background is provided by well-played eccentric minor characters.
  7. 75
    Hartnett shows here a breezy command of his charming, likable character. It is a reminder of his talent and versatility.
  8. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    A self-described abstinence comedy that is funny, sexy and silly in equal measure.
  9. The movie is both exhilarating and depressing. The trouble is, I can't figure out which is more important.
  10. A kinder, gentler teensploitation comedy, but Hartnett's Matt, at least, invites the audience to graduate to something better.
  11. Mostly fun to watch, buoyed by some strong dialogue and performances by the supporting cast.
  12. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Within a certain narrow range, Hartnett shows some comic flair -- though not enough to carry the picture over its considerable rough spots.
  13. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Jack Mathews
    63
    A curious entry in the current wave of raunchy youth comedies. It's refreshingly free of scatological humor, but even while aiming higher, it can't raise its focus above the belt.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 126 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 5 out of 30
  1. Jan 15, 2014
    0
    Same old boring recycled rom com plot. Not even the no sex rule is new. There's nothing clever or funny about the dialogue. Next time let'sSame old boring recycled rom com plot. Not even the no sex rule is new. There's nothing clever or funny about the dialogue. Next time let's just save some time and send the script straight to the XXX lots so the Hartnett fangirls can have their porn and leave real cinema to the big boys. Full Review »
  2. Feb 5, 2012
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I liked it due to its pleasure from a sex comedy and has a fantastic romantic story between the two main characters but in the end, it's not so much of a comedy after you know who rapes Josh Hartnett. Full Review »