Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 33
  2. Negative: 9 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Jan 9, 2014
    40
    The sheer half-heartedness of the whole exercise, though, may still catch you unawares.
  2. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    Jan 6, 2014
    60
    Surprisingly watchable, at least by recent Vince Vaughn standards, with Chris Pratt stealing the show was the hilariously gormless lawyer.
  3. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Nov 25, 2013
    50
    A film that strives to make you think, and even tug at your heart. But the central foundation of the entire enterprise is so shaky that the walls and plaster are falling down all around you, even as you’re trying to make sense of it all.
  4. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Nov 22, 2013
    38
    Calling Delivery Man a "comedy" is a bit of a stretch, because it's rarely funny. Dumb, yes, but not in a way that's worthy of more than a half-hearted chuckle.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 22, 2013
    75
    Delivery Man, with its democratic band of half-siblings and its feel-good view of humankind, is what it is: a reproductive remake that will make you laugh. More than once or twice.
  6. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Nov 22, 2013
    50
    Delivery Man feels more unformed, as if nobody’s bothered to give it that extra coat of slick Hollywood paint to cover up the patchwork beneath.
  7. Reviewed by: Odie Henderson
    Nov 22, 2013
    38
    You may think it unfair that I make comparisons between "Starbuck" and Delivery Man. Truth be told, my rating is higher because I'd seen "Starbuck." Had I not, Delivery Man would have been intolerable.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Nov 22, 2013
    60
    As a modest bit of feel-good entertainment, Vaughn and Delivery Man mostly deliver the goods.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Nov 21, 2013
    63
    Starbuck was a funny and warm-hearted trifle. So is Delivery Man.
  10. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Nov 21, 2013
    50
    The director’s avoidance of anything resembling innovative framing or editing will probably pay off when Delivery Man eventually airs on television, where the flimsiness of its jokes and “serious” moments alike should feel less conspicuous.
  11. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Nov 21, 2013
    70
    Delivery Man, a heart-tugging new comedy about fatherhood and family, is warm as well as wry.
  12. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Nov 21, 2013
    30
    As artificial as the inseminations it celebrates, Delivery Man is a soggy comedy more focused on stimulating your tear ducts than your funny bone.
  13. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Nov 21, 2013
    50
    The concept's execution is sloppy, full of inconsistencies and plot holes. The situations teeter on funny, but never achieve it. And sections meant to be heartwarming feel lukewarm, far-fetched or inappropriately comical.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Nov 21, 2013
    25
    Nowhere near the worst film of 2013, but it is definitely the most exhausting.
  15. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Nov 21, 2013
    50
    Reprising his writing/directing chores from the original, Ken Scott gives us an uneven mishmash that alternates between easy gags, shameless sentimentality and some just plain bizarre choices.
  16. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Nov 21, 2013
    63
    Delivery Man is predictable but likable, schmaltzy but sweet.
  17. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Nov 21, 2013
    50
    Delivery Man means well, but it’s innocuous to the point of non-existence. In trying to please everyone, the film runs the risk of pleasing no one.
  18. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Nov 21, 2013
    50
    It requires a mild suspension of disbelief to accept that slacker David would suddenly intervene in so many lives, pretending to be a good Samaritan.
  19. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Nov 21, 2013
    75
    Delivery Man trades the abrasive comedian’s trademark snark for schmaltz — an experiment that actually works better than you’d guess.
  20. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Nov 21, 2013
    60
    Most important, he’s got Vaughn, whose mix of silliness and sincerity is an ideal anchor for the broad premise. Vaughn is one of those actors who tends to autopilot his way through too many mediocre projects. When he goes all in, though, it’s impossible to resist his charm.
  21. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Nov 21, 2013
    50
    The film isn't terrible; Vaughn, Pratt and, as David's frustrated girlfriend, Cobie Smulders know what they're doing in terms of finessing the material for laughs as well as the h-word. But it's all sort of unseemly.
  22. Reviewed by: Genevieve Koski
    Nov 21, 2013
    40
    Delivery Man has sentiment and affability embedded in its DNA, but Scott and Vaughn don’t do enough to nurture the film to its full potential.
  23. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Nov 21, 2013
    25
    Delivery Man is one joke stretched to the breaking point. Mine was reached.
  24. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Nov 20, 2013
    42
    Delivery Man may be a change of pace for Vaughn, but it’s the exact opposite for its creator, the Québécois filmmaker Ken Scott. Belonging to the Funny Games school of carbon-copy remakes, the film is an identical Hollywood retread of Scott’s 2011 festival favorite Starbuck. Every scene, every joke, nearly every shot of the movie is straight out of the original.
  25. Reviewed by: Charlie Schmidlin
    Nov 20, 2013
    25
    There are themes of familial connection and responsibility drenched across every frame of it, but aside from a few performances and amusing asides, “Delivery Man” is a bland translation of a sweet, but already flawed original.
  26. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Nov 20, 2013
    30
    The film lacks any undercurrent of believability.
  27. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Nov 20, 2013
    50
    The only saving grace is Chris Pratt as Vaughn's deadpan best friend.
  28. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Nov 20, 2013
    63
    So it’s no “Starbuck,” which most people won’t mind because Americans don’t read subtitles. But even in this form, Delivery Man and the guy who plays him still deliver where it counts.
  29. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Nov 19, 2013
    40
    If this remake of 2011’s French-Canadian hit "Starbuck" feels as if it’s just going through the motions, Vaughn himself radiates sincerity and good intention. The actor doesn’t get it right this time, but he’s earned himself another chance.
  30. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Nov 19, 2013
    30
    Let's not blame Vince Vaughn for this stale cupcake. He's halfway through his Alec Baldwin-like transition from underbaked hunk to charismatic character actor.
  31. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Nov 19, 2013
    25
    The breadth of Vince Vaughn's gregarious persona has never been given free reign by any director and this certainly isn't the game-changer.
  32. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Nov 14, 2013
    90
    The circumstances may be contrived, but the characters feel refreshingly genuine.
  33. 60
    Proves lightly entertaining in spite of its more heartfelt tendencies.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Nov 25, 2013
    7
    Delivery Man was a surprisingly charming little movie, and it featured Vince Vaughn at his best in several years, he really should do more heartfelt, dramatic performances like this. Full Review »
  2. Dec 6, 2013
    7
    A surprisingly enjoyable film considering the absurd scenario it's set in. It delves into some serious questions about what defines family and love, as well as several relatable moral dilemmas. However, it's unfortunately hidden under a rug of adequate, if not sometimes forced comedy, as well as some cringe-worthy moments. But once revealed, the morals of the tale are solid, and leaves you with a smile. Full Review »
  3. Dec 3, 2013
    6
    Vince Vaughn plays his typical character, short on accomplishments but big on charm. Twenty years earlier, he was an enthusiastic donor at a fertility clinic and now he finds out he's the father of 533 children. From all signs this looks like a riotous comedy, but there aren't many laughs. You can expect a heartwarming conclusion, but it's pretty chilly instead. Without the heavy handed music to tell us when it's funny and when it's sweet, you might have miss it. Vaughn carries the film and it moves at a steady pace. It just never becomes special. The weird thing: none of these offspring look vaguely like him. Full Review »