Metascore
30

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 32
  2. Negative: 16 out of 32
  1. 75
    No one in their right mind goes to an Adam Sandler movie for any reason other than to laugh, and Grown Ups delivers.
  2. For a while, the movie looks like "Couples Retreat" or a Tyler Perry house party, only instead of cookie-cutter conflicts, everyone just grows happier and more relaxed.
  3. 67
    What kept me laughing is the genuine camaraderie among Sandler's posse, the way they almost play themselves that perfectly suits this slim material.
  4. Current Saturday Night Live (SNL) comic Will Forte may have bombed in the recent SNL spin-off "MacGruber," but a dream team of SNL alums, including ringleader Adam Sandler, put the luster back in the SNL reputation with the audience-pleasing, all-ages comedy Grown Ups.
  5. Despite the lazily self-satisfied results, his (Sandler) aging fan base likely will come along for the lackadaisical ride.
  6. 50
    A pleasant, genial, good-hearted, sometimes icky comedy that's like spending a weekend with well-meaning people you don't want to see again any time real soon.
  7. The only people humiliated, really, are older people and heavy people and nerds and vegans and black people and mothers who breast-feed their 4-year-olds. Everybody else gets a pass.
  8. 50
    The guys are more amusing than not, and they display the easy chemistry of real-life pals.
  9. The film drifts along on a stream of humiliation jokes - physical, emotional, sexual, hairpiece-ial.
  10. 50
    In Sandler's movies, men don't cry; they urinate. So the scene in which the stars empty their bladders and change the color of a swimming pool's water might be the weepiest of the year.
  11. 45
    Isn't just unfunny; it's so dull.
  12. The movie devolves into a series of clich├ęd bits, none of which are that funny.
  13. No viewer goes into this movie expecting John Cassavetes's "Husbands," least of all from soft-serve director Denis Dugan (You Don't Mess with the Zohan).
  14. The new Adam Sandler comedy has all the charm of a home movie that does not star your own family, which means it's overly sentimental, filled with you-had-to-be-there moments, bad jokes and even worse camera angles.
  15. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    40
    Grown Ups delivers precious few laughs for the sheer volume of comedy talent on offer.
  16. 40
    Beneath all the forced hilarity lies an awful fear of aging--and Sandler is only 43! This is gonna be rough.
  17. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    38
    If Sandler hopes to win over new fans, he may want to cork the scatological humor and let it age a bit.
  18. 38
    These guys set out to make a movie where they could crack each other up. At this late date, they can't even manage that.
  19. Nobody escapes unscathed, except, of course, for Sandler, who co-wrote the infantile screenplay.
  20. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    35
    Indeed, despite occasional attempts at plot and character, this is basically a roast with scenery.
  21. A movie that at best is irrelevant and at worst is unwatchable.
  22. Dumb, lazy, obvious and largely pointless.
  23. 30
    While Sandler has never trafficked in epigrammatic wit, there's a difference between, say, Billy Madison's "Of course I peed my pants--everyone my age pees their pants" or "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry's" shakedown of hetero squeamishness, and this lazy stuff--the difference between smart-dumb and plain-dumb.
  24. 25
    When Grown Ups star and co-writer Adam Sandler repeatedly slapped Rob Schneider in the face with a dehydrated banana, I was jealous of Schneider, who suffered less than I did getting slapped upside the head by this rotting fruit of a comedy.
  25. The film has some chuckles, if no belly laughs; it has some warmth, if no great heat.
  26. 25
    Grown Ups finds Sandler reverting to lunkheaded, lazy-laff form.
  27. Adam is back to lining his pockets again.
  28. Reviewed by: Nick de Semlyen
    20
    Smug and lazy comedy that barely raises a chuckle.
  29. 20
    Grown Ups is exactly, beat for beat, what the previews would have you believe: a depressingly predictable, two-chuckle deconstruction of what Sandler sees as the modern American male.
  30. 20
    The guys abuse each other in what's meant to be fraternal affection but feels more like the discomfort of being stuck together in a terrible movie.
  31. 16
    If Grown Ups were any lazier or more slapdash, it'd be a home movie.
  32. It doesn't get worse than Grown Ups, Adam Sandler's sloppy entry into this year's man-child-comedy sweepstakes. Lazy, mean-spirited, incoherent, infantile and, above all, witless.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 285 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 108
  2. Negative: 43 out of 108
  1. JohnB
    Jun 25, 2010
    7
    If i listened to the critics, I'd never go see anything.
  2. PeepHarris
    Jun 25, 2010
    0
    A sinister bit of cinema, every bit as nefarious as "Happy Feet." Deserves to be on the bottom of every critic's list.
  3. JosephM.
    Jun 25, 2010
    10
    Who ever wrote the 1st review I saw is just a hater!! Grow up!