Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
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  1. A self-satisfied film about insecure people, a quirky and episodic comic drama that squanders its genuine assets and ends up not as special as it tries to be.
  2. Though it's nice to see Mendes take a looser, not quite so studied approach to his filmmaking, some stops along the way -- like a detour to visit Burt's suddenly single brother (Paul Schneider) -- feel dramatically off-course.
  3. If we learn anything from Away We Go, it’s that a lack of ambition might not be such a bad thing after all.
  4. 50
    The strange thing about the movie is its idea that such couples are rare flowers. But you can scarcely take a step in Seattle or San Francisco or Los Feliz without meeting them in hordes.
  5. One can almost feel the movie Away We Go might have been, if only we could believe that Verona loves Burt - or understand why Burt loves Verona.
  6. See it for the performances – they are delights from the leads on down to the characters in the episodic vignettes. But the film’s vision of Gen-Y nesting is liable to leave you up a tree.
  7. Travel--finding the self by escaping the self--is central to the novels of Eggers and Vida, but Mendes knows where he's going before he gets there. And so the subject of Away We Go turns out to be not travel but child-rearing, which is at best well-meaning and anguished and at worst downright monstrous.
  8. 40
    Does it sound as if I hate this movie? Don't be silly. But don't be fooled. This movie does not like you.
  9. 40
    An exploration of self-absorption that is itself too self-absorbed to be either entertaining or enlightening.
  10. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    40
    A bloated, criminally judgmental borderline-comedy.
  11. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    40
    Away We Go is like a disappointing term paper by a promising student.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 31
  2. Negative: 10 out of 31
  1. Aug 9, 2011
    8
    I don't know why I liked this movie so much. It was maybe a little self-important but I think that John Krasinski (who is hilarious on TheI don't know why I liked this movie so much. It was maybe a little self-important but I think that John Krasinski (who is hilarious on The Office) and Maya Rudolph took control of the movie with their performances Full Review »
  2. Mar 27, 2011
    8
    I really love this film. It manages to be really funny, really poignant and really sweet. I was completely in love with the two leads, who areI really love this film. It manages to be really funny, really poignant and really sweet. I was completely in love with the two leads, who are both excellent and fit together perfectly. And what a delight to see some of my favourite actors pop up in the most wonderfully zany roles: Allison Janney as a wild and wildly inappropriate mother, Maggie Gyllenhaal as a nutso hippie, and the excellent Melanie Lynskey as an adoptive mother filled with a heartbreaking sorrow. This film took me by surprise. I think, ultimately, it's a tiny bit too shmaltzy by the end but mostly it's just wonderful. Full Review »
  3. L
    Jun 13, 2010
    9
    This movie is underappreciated. A poignant story about the choices we all have to make about how and where you want to live your life. Loved This movie is underappreciated. A poignant story about the choices we all have to make about how and where you want to live your life. Loved the cast, score and gorgeous cinematography. Full Review »