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  • Summary: Dinner for Schmucks tells the story of Tim, a guy on the verge of having it all. The only thing standing between him and total career success is finding the perfect guest to bring to his boss' annual Dinner for Extraordinary People, an event where the winner of the evening brings the most eccentric character as his guest. Enter Barry, a guy with a passion for dressing mice up in tiny outfits to recreate great works of art. (Paramount for Schmucks) Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. It's outstanding work (Carell). It's also a really funny movie.
  2. Dinner for Schmucks goes up in flames. Amusingly, perhaps -- but creatively, too.
  3. Though Carell and Rudd are both saddled with characters that just aren't as interesting as many they've played in the past, the movie benefits from having drawn many gifted comedians to supporting roles.
  4. 63
    The film is sporadically amusing but gives the impression it should be generating more laughs than it does.
  5. 50
    It's suprisingly flat.
  6. 50
    With Paul Rudd as the would-be mocker and Steve Carell as the mockee, and all manner of new supporting characters and plot lines thrown in, and much less energy, delight, wit, humor and fun than the original was able to muster without any evident strain. There's the occasional bubble, I confess, but almost no delight.
  7. Pathetically unfunny most of the time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 89
  2. Negative: 22 out of 89
  1. JendoS
    Aug 3, 2010
    10
    One of the funniest movies of all time. Only a few movies can make me tear, and this is one of them.
  2. SmossdaddyX
    Jul 31, 2010
    10
    Movie is hilarious. Laughed my rear end off.
  3. Feb 24, 2013
    8
    To be honest, I find most movies in the "stupid funny" genre to just be stupid and a waste of time, but I like Paul Rudd and Zack Galifianakis so I gave it a shot, and I'm glad I did. It was definitely one of the funniest movies I've seen in a while. Expand
  4. NathanL.
    Jul 30, 2010
    7
    A funny film that is both predictable and meandering at times. However, the cast is uniformly excellent and you never feel at any moment that any of the leads are putting on a performance. It is that earnest quality in Carrell especially that keeps the sappy slightly moving and keeps the laughs genuine instead of forced. It is this quality in Carrell and Rudd that makes them so much better than most of their counterparts. No matter how silly the character they play they are always real people (and I gotta tell you that I would never in a million years buy that some of the people in this movie exist). It is this ability to take the ridiculous and make it plausible that makes these movies so funny. I cannot say that this movie is in any may original and you will see the end coming before it begins but, as an entertaining evening with friends this is the one to see for now. Expand
  5. Feb 15, 2011
    5
    Booooo. I spent 6 bucks on this and didn't even make it to the dinner (you know, the dinner for schmucks? I turned it off). There were laughs in what I did see, but very few and far between. Oh, and dumb, "you won't crack a smile" type stuff - There's quite a bit of that. Some very funny actors in a film with a sub-par script. Would there have been rewarding laughs if I had seen it through? I don't think that matters. Expand
  6. C.Clark
    Aug 2, 2010
    4
    The trailer was completely misleading as the majority of the movie had nothing to do with the dinner. The dinner, however, was the only really funny part of the movie. I really like Steve Carell, but he is really annoying in this one. Not a complete waste of time, but definitely a sub-par comedy that is worth no more than a rental. I'm just glad this was a matinee for us. Expand
  7. Hero
    Jul 31, 2010
    0
    This movie was terrible, awkward, and stupid. You must be dumb if you liked this. The guy named Barry in this movie was just plain annoying. I hate this Expand

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