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  1. Aug 12, 2010
    Look, i am not going to lie. I laughed a couple times, but that does not make this a good comedy. Sure, all being said Steve carell gives a above average performance and he really fit with that roll, but that again does not make a good movie. It could be a good movie but iit is held down by too many cliches that really took me out of the experience. That is really all that is to be said about this movie. Average. Expand
  2. Dec 4, 2010
    Movie for schmucks... Interestingly enough, I like Carelll, Rudd and Clement. I just hope I had watched them in a different movie; maybe a funny one. This one cost around 50 million euro, which is about 10 million per non-forced laugh if I'm generous.
  3. Sep 8, 2010
    I thought this film was hilarious. There were some neat inside homage jokes (Jeff Dunham doing a turn as Wayland Flowers and Madame) as well as jabbing at the art scene and the human condition in general.
    I think the original title of Dinner Game would have worked better intellectually
  4. May 7, 2012
    I was extremely dissapointed with this film. I really wanted to love it but it was too hard to do so. This isn't neither of Rudd's or Carrell's best work. Humour is extremely dry although the funniest moments take place with Zach Galfinakis. Your best to rent this one or wait untill it shows up on a cable movie channel.Sure it has a great moral about not judging a book by it's cover but it really lacks charm that these two comedic actors have. If you wanna see Paul Rudd and Steve Carrell work well together, watch the 40 year old Virgin or anchorman but not this. Expand
  5. Aug 12, 2010
    Horrible movie. NOT funny! I laughed maybe twice. People were walking out of the theater. The only time I have ever wanted to. Can't even come close to The
  6. Oct 22, 2010
    Acaso el peor remake gringo entre los nueves que se han hecho de alguna cinta escrita y/o dirigida por el maestro de la vulgar comedia de boulevard Francis Veber. Para lo unico que sirve este bodrio es para recordar la grandeza misantropica de la cinta original, Un Tonto a Domicilio (Veber, 1998).
  7. Oct 22, 2010
    The problem with people these days is that they think a movie where people take a benzodiazepine is the funniest thing ever.

    This movie was funny. I would put it up there with Hot Fuzz.
  8. Aug 18, 2010
    I haven't seen French movie it's based on, but Dinner for Schmucks was very disappointing. The trailer continued at least half of the truly funny moments in the movie, of which there were precious few. It starts off fairly strong, but loses almost all steam in the painful-to-watch scenes involving Rudd's character's "stalker." The first scene just sucked the life out of the movie, and it doesn't really regain its footing until near the end, and even then still can't capture the strength of the first 15-20 minutes. I really like the cast, but unfortunately the jokes just weren't there, and instead we get a movie that can't decide if it wants to be funny or poignant and winds up neither. Expand
  9. Mar 20, 2011
    steve corell has been on a downward spirel in his movies lately with every pretty much every thing being bad or mediocore . you can add this to the mediocore department . the jokes are eather not funny or are forced . the chemistry between corell and rudd is flat . even the last 15 minuites which you would think would be the funniest part was barely a few chuckles in it . i know corell is funny he was great on the daily show and in 40 year old virgin . Expand
  10. Aug 14, 2010
    Insanely funny. Even when things aren't as funny as the rest of the movie, Dinner for Schmucks never stops being entertaining. Recommend at least one viewing.
  11. Aug 15, 2010
    Good movie. Plot kept you interested. Steve Carrell's character is, as usual, way over the top. But Carrell has a weird way of making those characters believable, somehow. Not the best movie in the universe, but it's worth your $10 to go see.
  12. Aug 16, 2010
    After viewing director Jay Roach's Dinner for Schmucks, The Movie Gal dubbed the comedy "the most bipolar movie" she'd ever seen, and that essentially sums it up - Schmucks is hilariously malicious, the kind of film that beats its characters to a pulp, then points its finger and laughs. You're supposed to be laughing too, but you may also find yourself shying away, averting your eyes while Schmucks continues to elbow you in the ribs, and laugh obnoxiously in your ear. More: Expand
  13. Aug 17, 2010
    Hilarious movie. Greatly exceed my expectations. I laughed throughout the entire movie.
  14. Aug 31, 2010
    As I was watching this movie i kept thinking this is really stupid. But then a hilarious parts would just keep coming up between stupid parts. I was happy by the end of it none the less.
  15. Aug 23, 2010
    I thought this movie was great, probably one of the best comedy's of 2010. Steve carell and paul rudd are hilarious! It has a decent story and they don't just add in parts that don't need to be there to make you laugh. It stays on track and i give this movie an 8 out of 10.
  16. Aug 24, 2010
    This was a great movie starring two very recognizable and great actors. Paul Rudd (Tim) and Steve Carell (Barry) make for a hilarious comedic duo. Obviously if you have read the plot of this movie you should understand what you are going to see from this film. The tension and frustration Barry can bring in such a short period of time is astounding. Some of the jokes had me crying in laughter. If you have seen I Love You, Man; Paul Rudd (Peter) played a straight-laced guy who cut loose and had fun upon making a new friend. In this movie he has a very similar role. If you are looking for a lot of stupid and comical humor, this movie is sure to make you laugh. Expand
  17. Aug 26, 2010
    Not as good as the original (Le Diner des Cons) which rates a 10. Could be tighter. There is an attempt to give the schmuck some depth, but it's not clear that it's a plus. On the other hand, the "artist" is a very funny addition.
  18. Sep 3, 2010
    Great partnership in Rudd and Carrell, both immensely likeable as always and sharing genuine chemistry, and although juvenile, you can't help but laugh along with the escalating silliness. A fun, if slightly overlong, comedy with heart.
  19. Sep 4, 2010
    Pretty funny movie. Well written and well cast. Jemaine Clement stole the show for sure. Who is Stephanie Szostak and why haven't I heard of her before? I would definitely kiss her face. The only reason it's not a ten is because I find it hard to give comedies tens. But definitely worth seeing
  20. Oct 4, 2011
    The movie centered on a lot of odd characters that made you laugh but it wasn't completely hilarious. I wouldn't say the odd characters they describe where completely far-fetched I have met some people that are too hilarious to believe that they actually believe themselves to be talented. Overall, the movie wasn't worth renting but I rented because of the two main actors. It was somewhat disappointing. Expand
  21. Sep 8, 2010
    Terrible film. Forced jokes and a general lack of flow make each moment a pain-staking exercise in waiting for the next attempt at humour.

    Unfortunate as there is a good amount of talent in this film but it falls down the first step and then down the rest of the staircase from there.
  22. May 7, 2011
    Wow... wtf?? That's really all I can say. Such amazing talent available and this is the best use they can make from it? What a waste. Every scene with Rudd jumps off the screen but are hard to watch.
  23. Jul 18, 2011
    Loved this movie. I can't really explain why Steve Carrell movies are so funny but they are. He has a certain flare for poking fun at everything without being degrading i guess. I instantly recognize his stuff is just poking fun without serious attitude and I guess I relate to his sense of humor. For me this movie was a blast. I do like immature stuff but if it pushes too hard it just becomes lame and embarrasing but that never seems to be the case with Carrell movies. I guess i would say if you like Carrell you will also like this I personally think if someone else was the main star/co-star the movie wouldn't have been as enjoyable. Expand
  24. Sep 18, 2010
    This troupe's act is getting old and rather predictable, and who wants to see Paul Rudd as the straight guy? Has Hollywood forgotten how funny this guy can be (take "The 40-Year Old Virgin," for example)? Sure, I laughed a few times. Zack Galifianakis is hilarious. A fairly stupid movie that works if you're in emotional need of comedic xanax.
  25. Jul 31, 2011
    Funnier than I was expecting, but still not a very interesting movie. It has some funny moments, but not nearly to the level Jay Roach, Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd are used to providing. Zach Galifanakis and his dynamic with Steve Carrell was the highlight. There are elements of the movie that are unique, such as the whole "mouse-scape" hobby of the Carrell's character, but the premise is pretty dumb, no matter how much of the movie's talent tries to make it better. Expand
  26. Feb 15, 2011
    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
  27. Oct 9, 2010
    "Funny from start to a "very" long finish. Dinner For Schmucks was funny. Tho some of the humor was a bit to much to handle at times , and the long running time just seem like the movie went on. But Carrel and Rudd are great together and flat out funny ..." .. B+
  28. Sep 26, 2010
    Like many comedies before it, Dinner for Schmucks relies heavily on misunderstandings to fuel it's humor, which works here more often than not, but takes its sweet time getting there.
    Following the basic premise of the French film, The Dinner Game (1998), the American version features Paul Rudd as Tim, a guy hoping to simultaneously impress his girlfriend, Julie (Stephanie Szostak), while
    attempting to climb the corporate ladder from the sixth floor to the coveted seventh. His proposal impresses the boss (Bruce Greenwood), which gets him an invite to a monthly dinner where each guest brings the biggest idiot they can find to make fun of. This may seem cruel, and it is, but the film attempts to use care in dealing with it (at least as much care as any film directed by Jay Roach ever will). After Julie convinces Tim to turn down the invite, and hence the promotion, Tim runs into Barry (Steve Carell) who surpasses his wildest dreams of the ultimate schmuck with his taxidermy mouseterpieces and misunderstanding of everything from insurance to John Lennon lyrics. Due to confusion about when the dinner is to take place, Barry becomes Tim's odd couple roommate the day before, which allows for a number of comedic situations to take place (some more predictable than others).
    Although Rudd and Carell are a good comedy team, early on the film feels like its reaching for jokes and only grabbing hold on occasion. That is until we get the supporting cast. Nearly every scene with the supporting cast generates enough laughs to make up for the few lesser scenes with the stars. That's not to say Rudd and Carell never make good on their odd couple standing, Once momentum picks up, our fumbling duo work their way into a sea of awkward situations that bring the laugh meter up to the appropriate level.
    Along the way there are many recognizable cast members in small roles, such as Kristen Schaal, who shows up as Tim's secretary, Susana, and changed the way I think about coleslaw, and Lucy Punch as Darla, the obsessive blond who strives to throw a wrench in Tim's plans. Most notable however is Zach Galifianakis (who play Tim's mind controlling boss, Therman) and Jemaine Clement (as the artist, Kieran, who defies description, logic, and reason). Both Zach and Jemaine are in top form and deliver the most memorable performances in the film. With the exception of Ron Livingston (who is sadly misused here), the supporting cast helps the film along, keeping it from getting bogged down in a mire of mediocre comedy. The film has its ups and downs throughout, but it's all ups once the dinner party begins. If the entire film were as funny as the dinner scene, Dinner for Schmucks would be in the running for comedy classic status.
    With a few ins, a few outs, and a few what-have-yous, Dinner for Schmucks is good for a laugh, but a laugh that can wait until it's on video.
  29. Feb 27, 2011
    I was hoping for a little more clever wit over madcap comedy style, but Paul Rudd and Steve Carell are pros and watchable, even tho this movie seemed dumbed down. it has a few good laughs. I know its just a movie, but the stuffed mice look like cute little cartoon figures, and when can you run into someone, stop your car in the middle of the street, and then have a conversation for 10 minutes? only in the movies! Its ok for a Saturday night. Not a complete stinker. Expand
  30. May 10, 2011
    This movie is **** funny, it is hilarious. Steve Carell's character is a **** idiot (until the end). The artist is hilarious. The sexual scenes are kinda gross but funny
  31. Nov 2, 2010
    A Film Review by: Sam Fragoso "Dinner For Schmucks" ** 2010 has definitely not been a good year for comedies and "Dinner For Schmucks" does not help the genre. Like most comedies "Dinner For Schmucks" fails to stay humorous through out. The first twenty minutes are great fun but from that point on it goes on autopilot, till the long waited and anticipated dinner scene but by that point your overwhelmed with the movies awkwardness and predictability. Carell and Rudd are very talented and likable actors but even they can't save o so predictable plot and a very flat script. You'd be doing yourself a favor by skipping "Dinner For Schmucks". Expand
  32. Nov 11, 2010
    This was one of the funniest movie that came out this summer. Every actor was perfect for there role. The combination of Steve and Paul was just to fun to watch. Steve Carell (as Barry) did a very good job playing his role as an idiot. Paul Rudd (as Tim) a normal guy who wants to get his job. Also including Jemaine Clement (the guy from ''The Flight of the Conchords'') was hysterical, and many more actors such as Zach Galifianakis. What I like about this movie is that some of the funniest parts, were also very uncomfortable to watch, witch makes you feel guilty for the characters. So this movie wasn't the best of the summer, but it deserves it's credits. Expand
  33. Aug 31, 2011
    The only way somebody could break a smile at this dog would be if they were tripping. This would be worse if I paid to see it...or rather 1/2 of it. I had to turn it off it was so lousy.
  34. Jan 17, 2011
    This film tries to use 60s screwball comedy with disastrous results. It's not only complete inferior to Le Diner de Cons which is what is based on, but I can't help the fact Steve Carell did it for a big paycheck. Skip it and see the original French version it has better writing and acting.
  35. Dec 22, 2010
    Every once in a while or sometimes too often you sit in a movie theater and think to yourself who in his right mind came up with the idea for this movie and even worse who in his right mind decided to fund this movie. But I guess if you bring in a decent cast and enough hoopla for marketing you could sell ice to Eskimos. I set through the movie and other than a few laughters this movie is very boring and the main
    reason for it is the plot. It doesn't make sense and overall just a bad
    idea for a movie. Edan Aharony
  36. Mar 9, 2011
    One of the goofiest movies I've ever seen that doesn't take itself serious at all, the plot may be a little predictable, and some of the laughs seemed forced, but it's still a funny and goofy movie.
  37. Dec 29, 2010
    The film is quite different from many, is not a silly movie, and like all others, with very similar stories, is a different film, something that touches everyone, is a thrilling movie and at one point, talking about love, friendship and the sincerity and falsehood, Barry (Carrel) is a friend "silly" by Tim (PAUL RUDD) barry always tries to please tim, and attempt to be his best friend, always being honest, and always trying to help Since the tim has not always true, but in the end always comes clean .... Well, finally, the movie is different and touching and funny, one of the best comedy films have ever watched, I became a big fan of Steve Carell, and I hope great movies with him starring as this, I recommend ... Expand
  38. Feb 2, 2011
    I officially love Steve Carell. Well, I've loved him for some time now, but this just re-solidified my approval. With a great cast, but a predictable storyline, "Dinner for Schmucks" is a film that doesn't try to be intelligent or witty; It's here to entertain! Is it predictable? Yes. Is it strictly formula? For the most part. Is it side-splittingly hilarious? Absolutely. End the end, it's saved by Paul Rudd's likability and Steve Carell's master of "acting-a-fool". Go, not to be impressed, but to laugh. And believe me, you will most definitely laugh. Expand
  39. Jan 9, 2011
    What dictates the enjoyment of any media is the viewers expectation beforehand. If you come in with the hopes that its the next Animal House then you won't appreciate it for what it is. Dinner for Schmucks is just a feel good movie. The quirky scenarios are well executed by the chemistry (or antichemistry) of Rudd and Carell. At the end it all wraps up in a namby pamby everyone happy scenario capping off on a well done feel good movie Expand
  40. Jan 23, 2011
    Very, very funny movie. Steve Carell was great. Nice plot.
  41. Jan 12, 2011
    What do you say about a comedy that isn't funny? Therein lies my predicament. Dinner for Schmucks is simply that: not funny. Whereas most good comedies find a balance between hearty laughs and emotional moments, the film seems to lean more on the latter than former. Painfully overlong, it's attempts at humor fizzle quickly. The obvious and proven talent of Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis never shines through. Scene by scene you slowly begin to realize that the "aha" moment is just not coming. I didn't laugh out loud once, and barely managed a grin. In fact, I found myself so disinterested by the halfway point that I only paid attention so that I could give a fair review. There was certainly little entertainment value to be found. What is probably most disappointing is that the very title of the film and main event on which it bases it's story only lasts a few minutes. That's right, there is roughly an hour and a half build-up to the actual "dinner with schmucks." And believe me, there is no payoff. In hindsight, I should have skipped this one altogether. I could have found more humor in doing my laundry or taking a shower. But perhaps I've now taken one for the team and others may be spared the colossal waste of time this film turns out to be.

    Dinner for Schmucks is one re-make that should never have been made. A possibly funny idea is completely destroyed in the execution. The actors try, but are clearly handcuffed by a terrible script. This film was a big miss from start to finish and I highly, highly recommend avoiding it. Unless of course you're having in trouble sleeping, in which case it might be the perfect medicine.
  42. Jan 9, 2011
    this movie is so funny.The whole way through theres lol moments.its probly in my top 5 movie also get attached to the character barrie in it because he is inocent and hes got no freinds so you feel bad for him the whole movie but he is the funniest character.if you havent wathced this movie yet I reccomend you watch it now
  43. Jan 9, 2011
    it is a funny movie that expresses emotion in friendship, and love and the passable joy of two friends etc. overall the movie it self is funny and moving 10/10
  44. Jan 13, 2011
    Steve Carell is always funny, but this time he's working with unusually bland and predictable script, even for mainstream comedies. There were a FEW laughs to be found, but overall it was quite forgettable in every way. The "Artist" in this movie is one of the most horrendously unfunny characters I have seen in a long time.
  45. Jan 15, 2011
    A shallow movie lacking genuine humor or sentimentality. It lacks any sense of direction or thematic pacing. If this movie had been edited down to 22 minutes, it would have made a suitable TV sitcom.
    I hope you enjoyed any previews that might have accompanied this movie enough to justify the ticket expense.
    Certainly, this is a movie that no one will watch more than once.
  46. Jan 21, 2011
    Worse movie I have seen in a long time. Love Steve but this was not entertaining at all. 2 hours of pure boredom! Don't waste your time or money. Glad I got to see it for free!!!!
  47. Jan 24, 2011
    Without question, the least entertaining film I have ever seen. It's disgusting to me that this thing got off the drawing board and was actually made. I don't even know where to begin. You could not pay me enough to watch this film again. The only reason I didn't turn it off is because the French actress was so absolutely lovely and Jamaine Clement held his own. Beyond that, totally atrocious in every regard. I'll bury the last remaining shreds of respect I had for Paul Rudd and Steve Carell and say a few words. Expand
  48. Apr 10, 2011
    Entertaining. Good message!!!! Unbelievable? Maybe .... especially to the people who aren't able to admit they are more like the "bad" people in the movie.
  49. ryo
    May 10, 2011
    I notice bad review for that film.
    I don't care that movie made me laugh. It's rare that a movie could do that!!!
  50. Aug 2, 2011
    This film took what seemed like forever to get going. By the time the actual "dinner" happened, I really did not care anymore. The lobster lady made me laugh, but I did not find anything else at the dinner very funny. Carrell's character Barry was truly an idiot, but more annoying than funny to me. Rudd's character was an even bigger idiot for putting up with Barry as long as he did. Finally, Lucy Punch's "mistress" character was beyond stupid. She was so good in "Bad Teacher," and yet so terrible in this. Jay Roach's career as a director has gone down the crapper. He was promising in the late 90s when he started the "Austin Powers" franchise, but then the "Meet the Parents" trilogy was two movies too long (though to be fair he did not direct, only produced, the third film), and now with "Dinner for Schmucks," he has hit as close to rock bottom as you can get without actually hitting rock bottom. Give the lady who played the "lobster woman" bigger parts in more movies. Everyone else needs to dial it back a notch and think more about the types of scripts/roles they choose. Expand
  51. j30
    Sep 22, 2011
    This movie blows it. Bad storyline and a waste of talent. Total bummer.
  52. Aug 6, 2011
    Absolutely terrible movie. We ended up turning if off before they even got to dinner. I love Steve Carell and Paul Rudd but Carell's character was so annoying that it made the movie literally unwatchable. I was in a good mood before we turned this movie on and now I want to burn down a building and abuse my kids. Awful.
  53. Nov 9, 2011
    Dinner For Schmucks is a funny and sometimes hilarious comedy that is fun and sometimes stupid at the same time.
  54. May 19, 2012
    Could 'Dinner for Schmucks' forebode the return of the screwball comedy genre of film? Given how pleasantly good this movie was it very well could. Going against the grain for these type of features, Schmucks focuses more on quick-witted and edgy jokes instead of the standard toilet humour which proved to be a breath of fresh air. While the two leads were great, without question the stand out actor is Zach Galifianakis who portrays Therman Murch. He provides audiences with one of the funniest, freshest characters seen on screen in years! Expand
  55. Dec 12, 2011
    It was better then I expected. The movie is hilarious up until the last 30 minutes. Then the movie gets so depressing and corny that it takes the entire experiance of the film down quite a bit. The acting was decent but it could have been a lot better (I expected better as well). Overall it was an ok comedy that will give you quite a bit of laughs.
  56. Feb 24, 2013
    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.
  57. Jun 9, 2013
    A few laughable moments, Decent acting but nothing outside the norm for a generic comedy, The dramatic parts of the film were really freaking depressing, I mean really sad stuff that sort of ruins the movie imo. Overally, It's a rather generic comedy with nothing special about it.
  58. Aug 31, 2014
    Aside from successful performances from Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, Dinner for Schmucks is just that and little more. Relying on predictability is a big no.
  59. Feb 17, 2013
    Normally Steve Carell and Paul Rudd would be enough to save a film from itself but nobody can replace total stupidity. The only way to enjoy a movie like this is to be completely drunk and not all there.
  60. Jul 8, 2012
    I really liked this movie. It was pretty funny and had some really cool things in it. Steve Carell played his part well, and his character "Barry" is one of my favorite characters Iv ever seen. One of those movies where there's so many awkward moments you just want to cover your eyes and feel bad for the characters.good movie.
  61. Jul 4, 2012
    I liked the concept of this movie and felt it had alot of potential, but was quickly craddled to sleep. Entirely too much time is spent to build this movie and introduce the premise/characters. Fortunatly I woke up towards the end where the funniest parts reside which the strangest collection of oddities the group can collect interact. THIS is where the movie should be centered.......
  62. Aug 24, 2012
    Normally Steve Carell and Paul Rudd would be enough to save a film from itself but it is just implausible and some what sadistic. There were a few moments which tugged on my heartstrings and I actually felt Carell played the serious, emotional parts of his character better than the supposed comedic moments. All in all, there weren't enough laughs to allow me to rank this higher than 4.
  63. Jul 30, 2012
    I was very, very disappointed with this movie. The actors in it are undeniably good, but good actors alone can't save how lame the writing in this movie is. Steve Carrell, an extremely hillarious actor, works hard despite being given one of the most unlikable characters I've seen in a comedy in a long time, while Paul Rudd is just going through the motions here. The only actor that comes out looking good in this movie is Zach Galifianakis as the villian, which is more solid work from him. This movie is just really not very funny at all, and everybody involved deserves better than what they are given. Expand
  64. Nov 7, 2012
    Watching the way Paul Rudd handles each of the guests and his or her idiosyncrasies is priceless, but Schmucks has something unexpected- it has heart.
  65. Nov 28, 2012
    Though some moments of the film (including its premise) are fairly low, it still has its moments and Steve Carell does prove to be hilarious.

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. 80
    The film collects a cast of performers who know how to be funny. The success of this movie, following a formula upheld by just about any recent hit comedy you can name, lies as much with supporting players and plot-derailing set pieces as with the central story and characters.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    An uproarious odd-couple remake of Francis Veber's hit French farce "The Dinner Game."