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: 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  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: 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Sep 24, 2013
    40
    There are a handful of laughs, but nothing to balance the onslaught of clichés.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Oct 11, 2013
    20
    Romcom fans deserve something with more heart.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Sep 26, 2013
    66
    Little chance of finding realism or romance but the laughs are there.
  22. Reviewed by: Annlee Ellingson
    Sep 26, 2013
    40
    Baggage Claim promotes painfully outdated social mores.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  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: 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.
User Score
4.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Oct 28, 2014
    5
    Baggage Claim Movie Review

    Is it the fact that women are looking for Mr. Right or Mr. Right now. In The American comedy, Baggage Claim,
    Baggage Claim Movie Review

    Is it the fact that women are looking for Mr. Right or Mr. Right now. In The American comedy, Baggage Claim, which was released in September 2013. David E. Talbert, an award winning director, for his work The Fabric of a Man tries to show the difference. He uses Paula Patton as Montana Moore to see if she can detail the difference between Mr. Right and Mr. Right now. In the movie she goes through battles of trying to please her wicked, money and marriage hungry Mother, Jennifer Lewis, in ways that is only left to the imagination. With trying to please her mother she finds herself on American Airlines more times than she could handle. In the movie she really shows how woman over a certain age are looked at as just wanting to a man and not wanting a true lover. That they will try to bypass any obstacle to get a man to call their own, before it is too late.

    Paula Patton has to play the role of a depressed, thirsty, and needy woman. As a woman that is pushing thirty she is depressed for love. Just so happen that this move is seen as a low down, piece of crap for women pushing thirty. In the movie it shows Paula Patton as being a woman is needy for love just to please her devilish unmarried mother. That shows that women parents see them as unworthy, loveless, and just pathetic. Which is really bad because that sends a perception to the women, which should not be okay. In the movie Jill Scott plays the role of a loud, sexy hungry, and cleavage showing best friend. Now that is just being really stereo typical role for her to be in. In just continues to throw women under the bus. I mean seriously why do we continue to think this kind of action is okay?

    Paula Patton has a best friend that is always there for her. He just so happens to even live down the hall from her, but what does she see in him? His name happens to be William wright, hint the last name. She never truly sees him as “Mr. Wright” because he is a “best friend.” So she goes on a search to find her past exes and stalks them one at a time on a plane. Now before I truly get started all I have to say is WHAT IN THE WORLD! Like seriously why continue to make a complete fool of herself like this. So, she first finds Damion Diesel, Trey Songz, on the first plane and everything is okay. Then he takes her back to this extravagant home that has a glass walls, and a Jacuzzi on the balcony which is inside the home. It is just something that the president couldn’t even afford. Just wait it gets even better, he gets in the Jacuzzi that is full of bubbles and he tries to get to come into the 75 degree Jacuzzi with him. Just so happen is assistant and the real owner of the home shows up. Now five minutes later we see Paula standing on the rail outside the home so that the raging assistant does not pound her face in. This just so happen to be my favorite scene in the movie because it shows so much. It shows how desperate guys get to impress girls and how pathetic Paula’s plan really is.

    So is it not crazy that Paula did not learn from trying to date her first ex that she goes for another. This time I have to admit the guy was truly rich, but he wasn’t looking for a wife. So she yet looked stupid again when trying to act like “wife material” around this guy. He only wanted someone to travel the world with and to sleep with. Like seriously, what is going on in this movie! But what really made woman look bad is when Paula actually thought about doing it. Now if she would’ve went on that trip everything would have turned left instead of right on this one. That would have just showed everyone how much of an unreal women and that she does not respect herself at all. So I ask why do woman settle? That is a question I have yet to get an accurate answer for and this movie exemplifies woman settling for ant man. Paula is thinking with her head not her heart in this. She just sees the shiny14 kart diamonds and thinks this is what she wants. So is that all you have to do to get a nice woman is show her diamonds and pearls? Because in the movie that’s how woman ae looked at. They are looked at like all you have to do is give them something extravagant and say a pickup line. If it’s like that then people should be allowed to have more than one wife in America.

    So her sister finally starts to have her all white and just so beautiful wedding reception. At this reception mom is going crazy and is just showing how idiotic woman parents get during these kinds of events. But wait it gets better, cause Paula has an announce to make. So, if you are like me you’re wondering about the announcement. Well don’t worry the announcement did not go as plan and her mother looked like an overweight clown after Paula left the podium. Paula told her sister the truth that most woman would be afraid to do in her situation. The weeding end up being cancelled, because Paula told her sister the truth about marriage and their mom. Now at that moment in the movie made me happy to see that she finally did something that I think all woman should do. But did she really have to do it at the pre wedding party. That is like a terrible time to do so, it is just embarrassing everyone at this moment.

    Finally, Paula gets around to thinking more and more about her “Mr. Wright.” After hearing her ex-boyfriend yelling to her from a car about traveling the world, she finally knows who it is that she wants. She starts to sit on a brown fluffy couch with her best friends and finds a gift from William Wright. In the small little red box that was wrapped to perfection sat a plane ticket to France. Now at this moment I wonder what she is thinking in her head. Because obviously she hasn’t realized who truly loves her, but the crazy thing is will she find out? So in the movie she rushes to delta airlines airport to try and get there in time for the plane. So she comes through the front door of the airport and rushes by the people to try and get her plane to France, and find her “Mr. Wright.” Nut as she is running with her bag half way off the ground she gets caught into a line of people try to go through the metal detectors. Until a friend on the security team, Cedric, finds her, grabs her hand, and pulls her through the crowd of people past the metal detectors and on to the boarding station. Once at the boarding station she notices through the dim window that the plane is starting to move and she is too late. At this moment she has now lost her “Mr. Wright.”

    In conclusion, Baggage Claim desecrates woman to a level that should not be seen on television. It shows them to be creatures that do not care about being loved, but who just wants to have someone to show off to their friends or family. It shows Paula to have a role as woman that is traveling for men, which is an insult to her as an actress. So if you want to see a woman that is being taken to this level go to a club or something. But this American made movie is one that people shall not waste their hard earned money on.

    Author
    - Devonte Bradley
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  2. 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 Perrybaggage 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 »
  3. 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, itWhen 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 »