Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 36
  2. Negative: 14 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Leah Greenblatt
    Jul 1, 2014
    75
    It's a broad, helter-skelter farce whose best bits hinge almost entirely on the considerable charms of its star.
  2. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Jul 2, 2014
    70
    The film ricochets between Tammy being an oblivious cartoon goblin and a textured, sympathetic human being who just wants to be loved. Perhaps if the film had catered a little less to McCarthy's comedic gifts — the curse-word fugue states, the slapstick humor, the non sequiturs — the end result would have felt more balanced and rewarding.
  3. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Jul 1, 2014
    70
    A crowd-pleasing, proudly working-class celebration of large women, old women, broke women, and women who love women, Tammy isn’t just consistently funny and unexpectedly touching and tender, it’s also genuinely subversive.
  4. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Jul 2, 2014
    63
    McCarthy is aggressive and foul-mouthed while Sarandon is sensible and laid-back. And they’re clearly destined for trouble, which leads to solid if scattered laughs.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jul 2, 2014
    63
    When you’re balancing ridiculous slapstick right out of a live-action cartoon with well-written, well-acted scenes that feel completely of this world, that’s a tough balancing act, and “Tammy” isn’t quite up to the task on a consistent basis.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jul 1, 2014
    63
    The movie shoves McCarthy and Sarandon in a car together quickly, without much in the way of expository set-up.
  7. 63
    Tammy, in the end, feels like a pulled punch. McCarthy promises a haymaker she never quite delivers.
  8. Reviewed by: Aisha Harris
    Jul 2, 2014
    60
    The playful energy between McCarthy and her completely game co-star, Susan Sarandon is more than enough to keep the movie humming along.
  9. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jul 2, 2014
    60
    They have little feel for the technical side of filmmaking; the imagery is flat and the editing amateurish. Most shots seem held for a beat too long or too short, wreaking havoc with the comic rhythm. Nonetheless, McCarthy and Falcone’s attempts to make Tammy more flesh-and-blood than a figure of fun are often poignant.
  10. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Jul 1, 2014
    59
    Basically a drama-in-disguise. Unfortunately, it’s a formulaic and extremely uneven one, albeit with a number of sympathetic performances.
  11. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Jul 1, 2014
    58
    McCarthy co-wrote the film with her husband, Ben Falcone, who also directed and appears as the heroine’s wormy tyrant of a boss. Their collaborative mojo results in some winning sweetness, but not a lot of hilarity.
  12. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jul 2, 2014
    50
    Tammy is a road trip movie and, like many road trip movies, it embraces a meandering, aimless tone. It's often said for films of this sort that it's the journey that matters, not the destination. Unfortunately, in this case, neither is worth the price of admission.
  13. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jul 2, 2014
    50
    This pastiche of sitcomy episodes never gels into a plot.
  14. Reviewed by: Courtney Shea
    Jul 2, 2014
    50
    As a script it is uneven and tonally inconsistent – best as a brainless, gross-out comedy, less successful when striving for emotional poignancy.
  15. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jul 1, 2014
    50
    Tammy’s journey, as they like to say in movieland, is into self-worth. Yet the far more interesting trip here, at least until her self-actualization kicks in, is through an America of lousy jobs, tyrannical bosses, nickel-and-diming poverty and real-looking women.
  16. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jul 1, 2014
    50
    It just plonks down the actress and a handful of stellar co-stars without much in the way of a script, storyline, or actual jokes. Yet you may still come out with a smile on your face. It’s very odd.
  17. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jul 2, 2014
    42
    The still youthful-looking Sarandon playing a grandmother is a jolt, especially since she doesn’t resemble the doddering roustabout she’s supposed to be playing. Maybe that’s why the director Ben Falcone (McCarthy’s husband and, with her, the film’s co-writer) gives Sarandon a full head of gray hair.
  18. 40
    I hesitate to label the result as bad or good. It’s just … off.
  19. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jul 1, 2014
    40
    There are some laughs and, at least on screen, more than a few tears. But it doesn't come together with the kind of satisfying punch a comedy should deliver.
  20. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jul 1, 2014
    40
    The fact that it stars the extremely funny Melissa McCarthy is both its saving grace and incredibly frustrating.
  21. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jul 1, 2014
    40
    Falcone’s film is an unsteady mix of broad comedy and indie heart, asking us first to roar at Tammy’s ignorance and outrageousness and then to be moved at this lovable misfit muddling toward love, maturity, and a better life.
  22. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jul 1, 2014
    40
    Falcone’s attempts to spin this flat, formulaic comedy into an affecting character drama are frustrated by filmmaking choices that work against a sense of persuasive reality.
  23. Reviewed by: David Lee Dallas
    Jul 1, 2014
    38
    Ben Falcone's film is an almost plotless doodle, with low stakes made even lower thanks to the bratty passivity of its titular antiheroine.
  24. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jul 1, 2014
    38
    Where 1991's "Thelma & Louise" was funny and action-filled, Tammy's story is thin, cringe-inducing and, worst of all for a comedy, not funny. Jokes land with a thud and the pacing is leaden.
  25. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jul 1, 2014
    38
    McCarthy and first-time director Falcone must have assumed that tossing a drunk and a dunce into a Cadillac would negate the need for a motive or even a script.
  26. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Jul 1, 2014
    33
    Tammy is a mess, and it feels like a real misstep for this rising star.
  27. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Jul 2, 2014
    30
    Unimaginatively filmed and of a misbegotten construction, Tammy goes all in with its namesake character (played by McCarthy), hanging the entire movie around a person who is immediately and irreversibly established as being thoughtless, unperceptive, destructive, and uneducated.
  28. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Jul 2, 2014
    30
    This one is bad — a little comedy that flops in big ways.
  29. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Jul 1, 2014
    30
    [McCarthy] and her husband Falcone (who also directed) have created a character comedy that's missing both comedy and character.
  30. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Jul 1, 2014
    30
    It’s a waste of a good cast as well as a serious trip-wire for McCarthy, who may know what’s best for her talents but, on the evidence, needs a deft-handed outsider to make sure she’s maximizing them.
  31. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jul 2, 2014
    25
    Grating attempt at comedy, the latest failed attempt to capitalize on McCarthy's considerable charm.
  32. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jul 2, 2014
    25
    If anyone could harness McCarthy's dynamo presence while protecting her from looking bad, it should be Falcone. Instead, Tammy suggests no one had the heart to tell this hot Hollywood couple that it wasn't working.
  33. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jul 1, 2014
    25
    As a first-time director, Falcone has trouble maintaining a specific tone - the movie wobbles back and forth between sentimentality and silliness, sometimes even within the same scene.
  34. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Jul 1, 2014
    25
    Tammy is a boring, unfunny road movie that limps along idly, consisting of a string of nonsensical set pieces and halfhearted stabs at character development that come across as off-putting and odd.
  35. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jul 4, 2014
    0
    Tammy is not just a celebration of everything vulgar and stupid in the dumbing down of American movies. It’s a rambling, pointless and labored attempt to cash in on Ms. McCarthy’s fan base without respect for any audience with a collective IQ of 10. And it’s about as funny as a liver transplant.
  36. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Jul 2, 2014
    0
    Tammy is a bummer, not least because McCarthy’s fans know she’s better than this.
User Score
3.3

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 24
  2. Negative: 11 out of 24
  1. Jul 8, 2014
    2
    This movie is so awful ,That's three McCarthy movies in a row that were horrible. I'm now putting her in the same ate gory as Adam Sandler, Will Farrell, and Tyler Perry. Never again. Full Review »
  2. Jul 6, 2014
    6
    While Melissa McCarthy manages to deliver some funny one-liners here and there, the film feels like it's neither trying too hard, nor trying really at all. It feels like too simple of a film, but in some ways that's actually a good thing. It doesn't take any risks, but it also manages to be light-humored at the same time. And the supporting name cast that includes Susan Surandon, Sandra Oh, Kathy Bates, etc, manages to make it worthwhile as well. So overall, while "Tammy" isn't hilarious, it's still a simple, lightly funny film that isn't too raunchy and zany like many of today's R-rated comedies. Full Review »
  3. Jul 5, 2014
    6
    Melissa McCarthy is one of the funniest women and probably one of the best comedic actresses working today, we all know it is very difficult to recieve an OSCAR NOMINATION in a comedy, but she pulled it off with her wonderfully rhythmic and vulgar performance in "Bridesmaids". That being said, if you are a McCarthy fan like myself, you should see this film just to witness her astounding acting range jumping from hurling crude insults to full on nuanced crying scenes. Then again, if you are looking for any true structure or really any context other than several well timed and well acted one-liners from McCarthy or Susan Sarandon, then this movie isn't for you.
    I do acknowledge director and co-writer Ben Falcone for attempting to create this type of comedy featuring a largely female based cast and at least moving Hollywood blockbuster comedies in the direction it should be moving, even though it may not be a great one.
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