Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 31
  2. Negative: 8 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Cursed with an honest title, Failure to Launch waves a white flag in scene after scene, declaring surrender. We give up! We do not know how to make a decent mainstream romantic comedy!
  2. Apocalyptically awful romantic comedy.
  3. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    What's amazing is how far McConaughey carries this nonsense despite his total lack of chemistry with Parker and almost Zen-like indifference to his circumstances.
  4. Parker is bland throughout. Maybe all those episodes of "Sex and the City" have soured her on this sort of thing.
  5. Reviewed by: Felix Vasques Jr.
    A film that normally someone like Adam Sandler would star in, but for some reason Matthew McConaughey decided to star and show that he's still not funny.
  6. 30
    The movie's notion of humor is exemplified by Bradshaw's extended nude scene, which might be termed "roughing the viewer."
  7. 25
    During the course of Failure to Launch, characters are bitten by a chipmunk, a dolphin, a lizard and a mockingbird. I am thinking my hardest why this is considered funny, and I confess defeat.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    The premise is misbegotten, the chemistry non-existent and the dialogue leaden. Did we mention how tediously the plot unfolds?
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 23
  2. Negative: 5 out of 23
  1. Oct 12, 2013
    It`s an ok movie, with a unique twist, but it failed to Launch anything to grab my attention for to long.I think it`s worth watching, but it`s just an avr. Romance/comedy flick.I will say more original than most. Full Review »
  2. Nov 8, 2012
    In order for romantic cheese to appeal to me, it either has to be funny, or least feature a likable enough actress to where I care whether they find happiness or not. It's not funny, and Sarah Jessica Parker looks like a horse. Full Review »
  3. Jan 18, 2011
    Not terrible but definitely not one I would watch again. McConaughey lost points in my mind after this one. It had some funny moments but far too few.