Metascore
34

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 27
  2. Negative: 9 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Sep 26, 2013
    66
    Little chance of finding realism or romance but the laughs are there.
  2. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Sep 25, 2013
    58
    Paula Patton is such a terrific actress that even in the ultra-tacky romantic comedy Baggage Claim, she gives a luminous, thought-out performance, not just walking through but digging into the role of an eager, nervous doormat with a people-pleasing grin.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Sep 30, 2013
    50
    Writer-director David E. Talbert, working from his novel, tackles each musical interlude, montage and mad dash to an airport like he's the first person ever to think of them.
  4. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Sep 27, 2013
    50
    Otherwise, Brody, Scott and Jenifer Lewis (as Montana’s imperious oft-married mom) give this formulaic material maximum comic spin.
  5. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Sep 27, 2013
    50
    Glossy, flossy and blithely secure in its own cheerfully fake worldview, Baggage Claim bypasses the intellect entirely, happy to satisfy on a silly, screwball, wish-fulfillment level. It could have been so much better, but for racking up undemanding escapist flyer miles, it’ll do.
  6. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Sep 26, 2013
    50
    Patton lightens the aggravation, for the most part, by combining a likable presence with a knack for physical comedy and a willingness to hop into dumpsters, etc., as needed, making the most of the script’s meager opportunities for comedy.
  7. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Sep 26, 2013
    50
    If it seems like a stupid idea, well, it is. This is one of those romantic comedies that rely on wild coincidences and misunderstandings that could be cleared up with a simple cell phone call, but then, that wouldn't help the "plot" along.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Sep 26, 2013
    50
    It would have worked better if the silly premise had been played for farcical satire, rather than following the cookie-cutter rules of the romantic comedy playbook.
  9. Reviewed by: Ken McIntyre
    Oct 11, 2013
    40
    Showing subtlety the door almost the minute it starts, David E Talbert's romcom is the filmic equivalent of a frying pan to the skull.
  10. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Sep 30, 2013
    40
    This is a movie that can’t decide on the story it wants to tell, and can’t seem to tell it particularly well, either.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Sep 27, 2013
    40
    That's perhaps the best word to describe Baggage Claim: contrived. And predictable, as it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out which tall, dark and handsome fellow she'll end up with.
  12. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sep 26, 2013
    40
    If you’re considering spending your hard-earned money on such bland fare, you should at least know what you’re getting: a rehash of every rom-com cliché imaginable.
  13. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 26, 2013
    40
    Diggs does what he can with the part, as does Patton. There are some funny moments, because most of the cast is so charming. But not enough to make up for the Stone Age attitude about women and marriage.
  14. Reviewed by: Annlee Ellingson
    Sep 26, 2013
    40
    Baggage Claim promotes painfully outdated social mores.
  15. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Sep 25, 2013
    40
    Its pleasures are all glib and surface-level, although Luke and Patton have enough chemistry to make their painfully clichéd relationship go down smoothly.
  16. Reviewed by: Jenna Scherer
    Sep 24, 2013
    40
    Talbert’s directing is on par with a prescription-drug commercial, and in case you have a brain injury and thus are at all confused where this cartoonish film is heading, just keep an eye out for the guy who is named — we kid you not — Mr. Wright.
  17. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Sep 24, 2013
    40
    There are a handful of laughs, but nothing to balance the onslaught of clichés.
  18. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 22, 2013
    40
    A few smart laughs hint at what might have been, but thanks to sitcom-y mugging and a tepidness beneath the intended hilarity, David E. Talbert’s romantic comedy is stuck in a holding pattern for much of its running time.
  19. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Sep 27, 2013
    38
    Baggage Claim is so archaic in its depiction of feminine self-worth — and, frankly, so insulting — it's amazing that it's coming out in 2013, not 1963.
  20. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Sep 26, 2013
    38
    “You don’t need a man to define you!” Very true, and so much for feminism. The rest of the film takes a long, convoluted, predictable, and mostly unfunny route to prove that the opposite is the case.
  21. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Sep 26, 2013
    30
    Predictability and clichés get in the way of comedy here, especially with a lead character who rarely comes across as more than blandly sweet.
  22. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Sep 25, 2013
    30
    Although there’s a strong likability quotient for everyone onscreen here, which ought to keep the movie minimally afloat among its target audience of black viewers starved for a new Tyler Perry offering, Baggage Claim should be left behind at the carousel.
  23. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Sep 20, 2013
    30
    Chemistry you can fake, but charm is far harder to pull off, and Baggage Claim never quite succeeds on that front.
  24. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Sep 30, 2013
    25
    Nothing in this movie would actually happen, so what’s irritating is that it presents itself as a savvy, “Am I right, ladies?” dating commentary.
  25. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Sep 25, 2013
    25
    Without a coherent lead performance, all Baggage Claim has left are its generic rom-com plot — which has flight-attendant Patton jetting around the country to meet the perfect man in time for her younger sister’s wedding — and profoundly shoddy production values.
  26. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Sep 25, 2013
    25
    Writer-director David E. Talbert adapts his own 2003 novel into something as useless as it is implosive.
  27. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Oct 11, 2013
    20
    Romcom fans deserve something with more heart.
User Score
4.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Sep 7, 2014
    10
    baggage claim is amazing romantic black comedy David E Talbert is basically Tyler Perry put 10x times better. for example like Tyler Perry he makes dumb stupid comedy an stories ( Meet the Browns )that no one cares or understands also When Perry writes a play or directs he adds these humor quotes who noone likes thats why i hate plays. Talbert created a story about a woman ( Paula patton ) an how she tries to find a husband in 30 days before her sister weeding her key is the plane. that was not the answer til the ending it does teach us human beings a lesson in true love but how Talbert shows love he may over done it by black a- fying it like Mr Perry but i am not gonna judge #still enjoyed it. Grade A- Full Review »
  2. Oct 13, 2013
    0
    When I walked out of Baggage Claim, I thought- I payed $20 bucks to get good seats and thought that I went to see a funny movie. Well, it turns out that Baggage Claim is a pile of It's not a comedy and it's not funny at all. It's just another banana puke rom coms that aims towards love affairs. It's not that I don't like these type of movies- look at Think Like A Man, that movie was great. Baggage Claim is stupid and unfunny, DONT WATCH IT. SAVE YOUR MONEY. I saw the teaser for Tyler Perry's Madea Christmas and it totally kicked ass- i would pay $100 to just see that cheap laugh that Perry cooked. It's better than Baggage Claim. Full Review »
  3. Sep 30, 2013
    0
    Baggage Claim is trying to be a romantic comedy with a heartfelt message and sweet atmosphere to it, but it turns into a goopy, false-feeling romcom with almost no feeling or spirit. Full Review »