Metascore
31

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 32
  2. Negative: 16 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    May 22, 2014
    70
    It could have been a bit smarter and a lot shorter, but Blended, the third big-screen pairing for Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore (after "The Wedding Singer" and "50 First Dates"), is a fun, often funny, largely enjoyable romp.
  2. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    May 22, 2014
    63
    Blended isn’t Sandler’s funniest movie or his best, but it is a big step up from the dregs he’s been churning out, a messy, shaggy dog of a comedy that you can’t help but like even as it sheds all over your house.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    May 23, 2014
    58
    The chemistry may be good, the movie isn’t.
  4. Reviewed by: Philip Brown
    May 22, 2014
    50
    The movie offers nothing new or special, but at least it isn’t as painful as watching Sandler walk Al Pacino through a Dunkin’ Donuts rap.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    May 22, 2014
    50
    Each sweet moment is inevitably punctuated by some in-your-face joke that’s at least as stupid as the preceding moments were heartfelt. Blended has other problems, too, including some faulty editing and a typically predictable finale. But there are some genuinely sweet and funny moments, which are more than enough to exceed expectations.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    May 22, 2014
    50
    You have to work hard to make an African vacation seem unpleasant. And Adam Sandler nearly pulls it off in Blended.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    May 22, 2014
    50
    Funny thing, though: The sunnier that Barrymore gets in her scenes with Sandler, the more the iffy elements and leaden bits seem to just melt away.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 22, 2014
    50
    As usual for the comedies he produces, Sandler keeps pooping in the sandbox, and he expects the audience to give him a cookie for it. It’s a shame that he forces Barrymore to get soiled too.
  9. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    May 22, 2014
    50
    Blended director Frank Coraci, a Happy Madison vet, is too much of a company man to elevate this passion-phobic rom-com beyond something more than an above-average Sandler production.
  10. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    May 22, 2014
    50
    Thanks to Sandler, Barrymore, and South Africa’s natural beauty, Blended is far more palatable and bearable than it has any right to be; it’s fluff that rises to the level of innocuous disposability.
  11. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    May 22, 2014
    42
    Blended is simply more of the stale Sandler formula that audiences wisely haven't sought as much.
  12. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    May 21, 2014
    42
    The movie feels like a throwback; it brings to mind the blandly crappy movies Sandler made 10 years ago, rather than the brazenly crappy movies he makes today. In that sense, it’s a double disappointment, neither consistently funny nor endurance-testing.
  13. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    May 22, 2014
    40
    No surprises here, nor many laughs, though the romance has a simple, sentimental appeal.
  14. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    May 22, 2014
    40
    Blended suffers from a fundamental lack of trust in its audience, following every unexpectedly smart exchange with a numbskull pratfall or one-liner, and every instance of genuine sincerity with an avalanche of schmaltz.
  15. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    May 22, 2014
    40
    Embodying the same wholesomeness that has informed most of his screen work, gross-out comedies included, it feels like a tentative next step in Sandler’s evolving screen persona, one that has gone from good-hearted dolt to bumbling man-child to middle-aged father.
  16. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 21, 2014
    40
    Blended is an Adam Sandler movie that isn't as bad as you feared it would be.
  17. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    May 26, 2014
    38
    What's missing from Blended? Two key ingredients: it doesn't touch the heart and it doesn't tickle the funny bone (at least not often enough).
  18. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    May 23, 2014
    38
    The bar is just so low, people. It’s just hovering there above the ground.
  19. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    May 21, 2014
    38
    The filmmakers only bother to lay out comedic set pieces that are simply family-friendly big-budget variations on Jackass stunts.
  20. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    May 23, 2014
    34
    Sound nonsensical? It is.
  21. Reviewed by: Jeff Labrecque
    May 22, 2014
    33
    In Blended, his (Sandler) comic flab has never felt as thick, and this hackneyed "family-friendly" entertainment feels less like a movie than a bad sit-com re-run.
  22. 30
    It’s a good family movie the way Hooters is a good family restaurant.
  23. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    May 21, 2014
    30
    The laziness is what irks me most about Blended. Everything from the re-teaming of the two stars and their "Wedding Singer" director, Frank Coraci, reeks of moviemaking by checklist.
  24. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    May 23, 2014
    25
    Blended throws a lot of things on the screen, but in the end, it has to confront its awkward and artificial "romance." And that's just ugly.
  25. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    May 23, 2014
    25
    He plays it so low-key there's nothing much for him to do, apart from the clueless-dad shtick and some awkward comedy with an ostrich. The big laughs never come.
  26. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    May 22, 2014
    25
    This is a clichéd, cynical, occasionally offensive, pandering, idiotic film that redefines shameless.
  27. 25
    These days, Adam Sandler is a bottle of beer that’s lost all its bubbles — cheap, mass produced domestic beer. So let’s focus on what works in his latest, Blended, because he sure doesn’t.
  28. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    May 22, 2014
    25
    A movie that is, in its subtle way, as offensive and mean-spirited as anything Sandler has done, but in a way that is so cuddly, there's the possibility it could, somehow, go unnoticed.
  29. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    May 22, 2014
    25
    Badly made and poorly written, Blended is a rehash of Adam Sandler's 2011 comedy "Just Go With It," only without Jennifer Aniston and without laughs. It not only gets the big things wrong. It gets the small, easy things wrong.
  30. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    May 21, 2014
    25
    Barrymore is still cute, and she and Sandler at least seem to like each other as they get on with the grim business of rom-com contrivance.
  31. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    May 22, 2014
    20
    Before you spend good money to see the purported comedy, Blended, watch the trailer. The entire movie is packed into those 152 seconds.
  32. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 22, 2014
    0
    Most of Blended has the look and pacing of a three-camera sitcom filmed by a bunch of eighth graders and conceived by their less bright classmates. Shots don’t match. Jokes misfire. Gags that are visible from a mile away fail to deliver.
User Score
5.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 81 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. May 26, 2014
    0
    I loved earlier comedies by this duo but this looks like they were here just for the paycheck. Also, based on the screenplay, the writers must have been working on a tight deadline for their high-school drama class. Full Review »
  2. May 25, 2014
    8
    If you are an fan of Adam Sandler's and Drew Barrymore's collaborations in the past than Blended won't disappoint.

    Blended is about two
    single parents who had a not so impressive first blind date, and afterwords started to hate one another. After some forced plot issues that seam a little too farfetched to actually happen Sandler and Berrymore end up going on a vacation together with there children and are forced to spend there trip together. Once you get over the unbelievable setup and the movie starts focusing on the families interacting with one another this movie becomes a real joy to watch. Many reviewers criticize this movie for having some sappy 50's stile family values attached to the plot, any I would haft to agree, but I do in a positive way. If anything i found if they were to town down the adult humor of the film they could of got a more families to see this film, though I do find that with a lot of Sandler's films. There are scenes that are overly silly and over the top at times, but this film is meant to be a comedy.

    This film was made to be a fun filled and emotional story where people and sit back and have fun. I think a lot of people with todays critical eye cant see that anymore. I say just sit back and enjoy the film for what it is. I think you'll especially get a kick out of it if your the one who misses that days of family sitcoms.
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  3. May 23, 2014
    4
    It is Adam Sandler...so...yeah...what more can I say?...Well, actually it wasn't that bad as in I want to kill myself! or what I am doing this to myself!!? (My reactions to Grown ups 1 & 2, Jack and Jill, etc). I would watch this movie in a flight if there is nothing else to watch, or in a lazy lazy Sunday when is free on cable. Full Review »