Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. 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.
  2. 63
    Maya Rudolph's subtle, lyrical portrait of a patient wife and expectant mother enlivens and elevates Away We Go, an erratic couple-on-a-quest film.
  3. 63
    In tone and plotting, Away We Go feels like a fairy tale built on an aggravating collection of attitudes. It's condescending, judgmental, righteous, yet sincerely searching.
  4. 80
    The episodic structure works to the movie's benefit, highlighting the eccentric supporting characters and allowing Mendes to smoothly downshift from hilarity to sadness.
  5. 88
    Burt and Verona are two characters rarely seen in the movies: thirtysomething, educated, healthy, self-employed, gentle, thoughtful, whimsical, not neurotic and really truly in love.
  6. Glib and charming in roughly equal measure.
  7. The film's one extraordinary aspect, which makes it well worth seeing despite its carefully coiffed shagginess, is Maya Rudolph's performance.
  8. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    While cynics may find it twee, Mendes fans should greatly enjoy this (gently) surprising change of direction. Go in with the right frame of mind and you’ll leave with a big, goofy grin on your face.
  9. A gilded entry in the cinema du quirk. It's a movie that invites you, all too often, to feel superior to the people on screen.
  10. 70
    The odyssey that follows reminded me of the one Bill Murray’s character took in "Broken Flowers" - and I mean that in the most complimentary way.
  11. 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.
  12. 75
    Some episodes are funnier than others, but they're all underscored by a pervasive melancholy.
  13. A heartwarming -- and at times heartbreaking -- post-"Juno" road comedy for grownups.
  14. If we learn anything from Away We Go, it’s that a lack of ambition might not be such a bad thing after all.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. The unassuming performances by Krasinski and Rudolph help make this the first Mendes movie that feels lived-in rather than staged.
  18. 75
    Away We Go is not as dramatically wrenching as "Revolutionary Road," but it's unquestionably more enjoyable.
  19. 88
    Rudolph, a comic force on "SNL," can speak volumes with the tilt of an eyebrow. She and Krasinski, of "The Office," are absolutely extraordinary. Ditto the film, which sneaks up and floors you.
  20. 40
    An exploration of self-absorption that is itself too self-absorbed to be either entertaining or enlightening.
  21. 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.
  22. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Away We Go is like a disappointing term paper by a promising student.
  23. 83
    Though Away We Go lacks the screwball unpredictability of something like "Flirting With Disaster," it compensates with a unexpected depth of feeling, a novelist’s (or memoirist’s) sense of detail, and a panoramic view of what home means.
  24. There's something genuinely exploratory and original here in the depiction of people being pushed into adulthood before they're ready.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 80
    Some of the episodes are ripely satirical, others almost heartbreaking. Allison Janney appears as a coarse drunk who taunts her kids; Maggie Gyllenhaal is a pushy New Age mom whose aggressive virtue saps the strength of everyone around her.
  28. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    A bloated, criminally judgmental borderline-comedy.
  29. Reviewed by: Perry Seibert
    Like "Juno" or "Little Miss Sunshine," Away We Go is a small film, the kind of gem that's easy to crush with hype or overpraise. But, the fact is that few movies deal with feelings this profound with as much restraint as Mendes and his crew display here.
  30. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    A movie with memorable and engaging performances.
  31. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Emerges as an oddly sour, unappealing road-trip scenario.
  32. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    The road-trippers of Away We Go harbor no discernible ambitions whatsoever, which may make them true to Gen-Y life, but also renders them fatally uninteresting. For all the ground they cover geographically, dramatically their velocity remains zero. Mendes, too, seems to have trouble getting on board with the underachieving set.
  33. 30
    It's in these vignettes that Away We Go begins to feel less like an authentic exploration of identity than a condemnation of the very community the couple pretends to crave. No one, it turns out, is good enough for Burt and Verona.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 31
  2. Negative: 10 out of 31
  1. Aug 9, 2011
    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 The Office) and Maya Rudolph took control of the movie with their performances Full Review »
  2. Mar 27, 2011
    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 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
    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 »