Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 30
  2. Negative: 6 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Aug 24, 2012
    83
    The notion of a love story that's really about two women becoming friends is gimmicky, I'll grant, but Graynor and Miller are so charming together, and the movie is so focused and funny.
  2. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Aug 30, 2012
    75
    This movie is basically where some small-screen comedy in the last year has been: "2 Broke Girls," "New Girl," and, their far superior sister, "Girls."
  3. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Aug 29, 2012
    75
    For a Good Time, Call... tells the tender tale of two roommates who team up to launch a phone-sex line. Whatever their virtues or flaws, each of these movies makes the dirtiest episode of "Sex and the City" look like Doris Day fluff.
  4. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Sep 6, 2012
    70
    It's a somewhat formulaic romp, but it's an utterly winning one.
  5. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Sep 1, 2012
    70
    It's the movie's affectionate portrait of female friendship, along with Miller and Graynor's loose, playful performances, that make this whole imperfect soufflé rise as high as it does.
  6. 70
    The confusion in For a Good Time, Call… is delightful, the phone-sex talk sweetening the vibe. Justin Long is peerlessly funny as the girls' gay pal, but the movie belongs to Graynor, who's like Sandra Bullock with a touch of Ginger Rogers–y brass.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Aug 30, 2012
    70
    Doesn't aspire to be more than a broad, sloppy, old-fashioned sitcom with a sexy gimmick. But it is quite funny.
  8. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Aug 28, 2012
    70
    Lauren and Katie aren't defined by their attitudes toward men; they're defined by being fu--ing funny and awesome.
  9. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 24, 2012
    70
    A feel-good raunch-com whose dirty-talk plot comes from a convincingly female perspective instead of feeling like cut-and-paste Apatow.
  10. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Aug 24, 2012
    70
    Doesn't rise much above sitcom level in material or execution, but provides enough laughs and goodwill to be disarmingly entertaining.
  11. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Sep 6, 2012
    67
    While its heart is always in the right place, the humor – especially in the sludgy first act – is hit or miss.
  12. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 8, 2012
    63
    The film is worth seeing for the humor and for its high level of energy, but it falls short of being the "complete package." It's probably a better pick for home viewing than a trip to a theater.
  13. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Aug 30, 2012
    63
    Travis, making his feature debut, gets very likable performances out of his female stars. And it's nice to see sex given its due as a wide, wild buffet rather than the standard missionary, bra-on fare we're usually served in a rom-com. Mmm-hmmm!
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Aug 30, 2012
    63
    In a rare instance of truth in advertising, the movie actually is a good time.
  15. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Aug 30, 2012
    63
    Even if the film should be retitled "For a Fairly Good Time, Call ..." at least we're not back on the couch with another variation on the same old group of arrested-development young adult males, hanging on to their adolescence with as much determination as their marijuana intake allows.
  16. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Nov 4, 2012
    60
    The dialogue, penned by Miller with Katie Anne Naylon, is subversively salty: surpassing even those Judd Apatow comedies to which it's indebted, this is almost certainly the filthiest movie ever to bear the Universal logo.
  17. Reviewed by: Josh Winning
    Oct 27, 2012
    60
    All right, it's not up there with "Bridesmaids" but, thanks to a game Graynor (here channelling a young Bette Midler), a revolving door of cameos and some gloriously smutty pillow talk, For A Good Time delivers, yes, exactly that.
  18. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Aug 30, 2012
    60
    The most adorably filthy movie you may ever see.
  19. Reviewed by: Kimber Myers
    Aug 30, 2012
    58
    By sex line standards, For a Good Time, Call... clearly succeeds –- it starts off slow, includes plenty of dirty talk, then gives us the happy ending we came for –- but our needs are a little bit greater when it comes to good films.
  20. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Sep 6, 2012
    50
    The main distinction of this particular raunchfest, about the economic opportunities available to women in the phone-sex industry, is that it does not reconcile its slim narrative conflict with a big, fat wedding.
  21. Reviewed by: Geoff Pevere
    Aug 30, 2012
    50
    Easily the daffiest movie you've ever seen that also references incestuous role-playing games.
  22. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Aug 30, 2012
    50
    In its way, the film is more concerned with the love between friends than the sex between strangers.
  23. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Aug 30, 2012
    50
    Does its share of teasing, but amounts to nothing serious.
  24. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 29, 2012
    50
    The performances by Miller and Graynor are high-spirited enough that you yearn to see them in worthier material. The potential is there. If there's anything more seductive to Manhattanites than sex, it's a cheap apartment overlooking Gramercy Park.
  25. Reviewed by: Jess Righthand
    Aug 30, 2012
    38
    Even if a good phone-sex movie does exist, For a Good Time, Call . . . is woefully, definitively not it.
  26. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Aug 26, 2012
    38
    While the heart of the movie is the at-times strained relationship between the two leads, it all unfolds rather by the numbers, dictated more by the expected arc of such things than the demands of the characters.
  27. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Sep 6, 2012
    25
    There are several cameos in For a Good Time, Call… by famous actors portraying the girls' phone-sex clients, including Kevin Smith and Seth Rogen, but they've been clearly been left to improvise, and they don't put much effort into their routines.
  28. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Sep 14, 2012
    20
    In other words, For a Good Time is not a good time. For that, you'll have to dust off your Nintendo and reacquaint yourself with "The Legend of Zelda" -- and hope that one of these days somebody can give "Bridesmaids" some real competition.
  29. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Aug 28, 2012
    20
    What really hurts is seeing Jamie Travis's name attached; for those of us who love his extraordinary "Patterns" trilogy, watching the talented Toronto filmmaker add his characterically kitschy touch to such a witless, faux-edgy movie can only be described as a Travis-ty.
  30. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Sep 14, 2012
    0
    Save the money you might spend for a ticket to see For a Good Time, Call... and just read a dive bar's restroom wall for free. That's the sub-level of comedy here, with a litany of crude sexual euphemisms and phallic images passed off as jokes.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Sep 1, 2012
    2
    Campy to a fault, For a Good Time, Call... takes an unorthodox subject, phone sex, and lays it on top of a plot which checks off every single cliché in film about friendship. The two protagonists were flatter than cardboard cutouts, introduced more as caricatures than characters. The only exception was Justin Long's character who's quirkiness stole our attention every time he was on screen. A story with no struggle, and no point, dictated by the horrible soundtrack. Full Review »
  2. Sep 4, 2014
    4
    Quite an interesting premise, which unfortunately, fell a tad flat in the final act. Ari Graynor is certainly a comedienne to keep our eyes on--but certainly not amidst all this raunchiness. Full Review »
  3. Aug 17, 2013
    7
    I wasn't expecting much from this film, I wasn't even going to watch it but For A Good Time, Call... actually turned out to be a pretty decent comedy that put a smile on my face time and time again. Much of that is down to the subject matter, smutty raunchy sex humour will always be funny to my juvenile side. Credit needs to also be given to the leading pair, Lauren Miller and Ari Graynor. Miller (Seth Rogen's wife) co-wrote the film and Graynor is brilliantly cast as the Katie, the imposing, raunchy alpha-female masking vulnerability. I don't think the film would be as funny without her. Considering the female writing team and cast the film certainly rivals, but not quite beats, stand-out female comedy Bridesmaids.

    Justin Long plays an over the top gay friend and cameo's from Rogen and Kevin Smith are among the film's highlights.

    Short, funny and with predictable heart in the final third, For A Good Time, Call... is worth checking out.
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