Couples Retreat

Metascore
23

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 27
  2. Negative: 18 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. Intelligence is insulted at every turn in this new date movie.
  2. 25
    Finds it as impossible to locate a laugh in glittering Bora Bora as it was for Operation Enduring Freedom to nail Osama bin Laden in gritty Tora Bora.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    25
    Everything about Couples Retreat feels plastic, though: the jokes, the trees, the extras, the attitudes. It’s dumbed-down entertainment aimed at a dumbed-down audience - the comedy equivalent of a McMansion.
  4. A more helpful title for this date movie would have been Couples, Retreat!
  5. It's the audience for this film that will require therapy.
  6. 30
    The movie’s cumulative idea is that, forgetting the delusions of midlife panic, this is all there is, you’re already living the best possible life -- a message of sedentary wisdom betrayed when the actual film is as undeniably dreary as a plate of gummy Chicken Parmesan Tanglers.
  7. 25
    It is absolutely, inexcusably terrible.
  8. 0
    A schmaltzy, smutty and mean-spirited quasi-satire.
  9. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    35
    First-time feature director Peter Billingsley could have enlivened the action with more vigorous editing. Everything takes too long, and the slapstick sequences are particularly lethargic.
  10. 25
    The cast got to spend a month shooting on Bora Bora. So that explains why they're in the movie. Why you'd spend good money for a ticket to watch them have all the fun and not have any fun yourself passes understanding.
  11. 20
    Neither funny nor honest. The exact opposite of a retreat, it's merely exhausting.
  12. Too bad the movie is spoiling the view.
  13. 33
    Features a running gag about a little boy in the midst of potty training who doesn’t always go where it’s appropriate. In a nutshell, that subplot explains everything that’s wrong about the film.
  14. Here's the title: Couples Retreat. And here's the review: Couples, Retreat. Yep, just find the verb, treat it as a command, and vamoose, unless you harbour an abiding curiosity about how eternally long 100 minutes can feel.
  15. 10
    An R-rated version of this mess would be only more gratingly dishonest as it tried to hide its weak sentimentality behind a fig leaf of vulgarity.
  16. It’s too easy to say that Peter Billingsley shot his eye out with this inept comic trifle, but…well, he shot his eye out.
  17. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    Tedious, unromantic, sophomoric and only sporadically funny.
  18. 30
    Coasts on comic fumes, relying on colloquialisms, foreign accents, racial stereotypes, lemon sharks, Speedos and inopportune erections to supply the funny. Any one of these things might work in a comedy that was less contrived.
User Score
3.2

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 151 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 46
  2. Negative: 23 out of 46
  1. MiKE
    Feb 12, 2010
    0
    Started off with a cheesy idea. and then it got sooo bad it became a chore to watch. The whole movie was not funny. With ALOT of pointless Started off with a cheesy idea. and then it got sooo bad it became a chore to watch. The whole movie was not funny. With ALOT of pointless scenes like the "shark" siwm which was boring, not funny and jusy plain stupid. what a waste. AVOID!!! Full Review »
  2. MikeE
    Feb 10, 2010
    3
    I give this a 3 because the first 15 minutes were promising and then it just turns into hours of horrible dialogue. I mean really boring, I give this a 3 because the first 15 minutes were promising and then it just turns into hours of horrible dialogue. I mean really boring, totally not funny endless blabbering about absolutely nothing. I actually just shut it off with probably about 15 minutes to go, I just didn't care how it ended. Full Review »
  3. Aug 4, 2012
    2
    Despite a gorgeous setting and funny performances with great characters, Couples Retreat is nothing more than a star studded big paycheck forDespite a gorgeous setting and funny performances with great characters, Couples Retreat is nothing more than a star studded big paycheck for all the actors. I give this movie 22%. Full Review »