Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 33
  2. Negative: 13 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Jan 27, 2014
    80
    Gormican’s script is the film’s big strength; the dialogue fizzes while the set-pieces pay off handsomely.
  2. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Feb 1, 2014
    70
    While it's easy to tease first-time writer-director Tom Gormican's raunchy rom-com, the trio has a shaggy chemistry, and most of the jokes hit.
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jan 30, 2014
    63
    It's the Judd Apatow syndrome and there are times when the blend of romance and raunchiness threatens to curdle. In the end, however, the "love conquers all" mentality wins out.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jan 29, 2014
    63
    While it has the requisite amounts of comedy and romance, it's actually more of a buddy movie. Think "Sex in the City," bro-style.
  5. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Jan 28, 2014
    60
    It’s predictable and troubled by continuity errors, but as undemanding romantic comedies go, it’s a pleasant enough watch with a heartfelt script from debut writer-director Tom Gormican.
  6. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    Feb 3, 2014
    58
    Sit tight through the end credits and you'll be treated to a few off-the-cuff outtakes of the guys doing things much funnier than anything in the film itself.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Jan 30, 2014
    58
    It has some good actors, and some quick dialogue, which also has the feel of real-life. But the plot forces things a bit, and the direction is uncertain; just when it seems willing to take some risks, it retreats.
  8. Reviewed by: Kevin McFarland
    Jan 29, 2014
    58
    That Awkward Moment desperately wants to speak to a new generation of romantic-comedy devotees without proving it has the authority to do so. It’s not as laboriously dumb as the overloaded ensemble rom-coms of Garry Marshall ("Valentine’s Day," "New Year’s Eve") or the similarly star-studded "He’s Just Not That Into You."
  9. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 6, 2014
    50
    The reversion to formula takes a pleasing comedy and drops it down a notch, but That Awkward Moment is still very easy to like.
  10. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Jan 31, 2014
    50
    At the very least, the makers of That Awkward Moment should get credit for savvy casting.
  11. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Jan 31, 2014
    50
    Like its characters, That Awkward Moment has commitment issues: It lacks the courage of its bad taste.
  12. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jan 30, 2014
    50
    It's nice to see a movie in love with New York City, but That Awkward Moment sets such a low bar for Jason's redemption it becomes a drag.
  13. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jan 30, 2014
    50
    It’s over familiar, a movie that plays like recycled, R-rated outtakes from “Rules of Engagement” or “How I Met Your Mother.”
  14. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jan 29, 2014
    50
    Even when Gormican’s material tries too hard to be wackily crude, and not hard enough to make dramatic sense, the actors suggest layers of experience that help to fill in the gaps.
  15. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Jan 30, 2014
    43
    The most awkward thing about That Awkward Moment is that the majority of it just doesn’t make much sense and, as a relatively light-hearted spin on the romantic comedy genre, it absolutely should.
  16. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Feb 6, 2014
    42
    The three young stars biding time in Tom Gormican's listless rom-com are too gifted for one mediocre movie to bury.
  17. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Feb 5, 2014
    40
    First-time writer-director Tom Gormican keeps the dialogue moving at a rapid pace, which doesn’t obscure the fact that most of what is said is dopey and witless.
  18. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jan 30, 2014
    40
    What makes this film particularly bedeviling is that you get the sense there is a nice guy behind this mess, one not so callous about matters of the heart. If anything, the raunch seems forced. The closer the film gets to real emotions, the more authentic it feels.
  19. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jan 30, 2014
    40
    That Awkward Moment is eminently forgettable — but worth remembering as Poots’ moment.
  20. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jan 30, 2014
    40
    In the main, it's the usual story – much more rom than com.
  21. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jan 31, 2014
    38
    The compensation comes in the three lead actors, all way too good for the material dished out by writer-director Tom Gormican.
  22. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jan 30, 2014
    38
    That Awkward Moment strives to straddle the line between breezy, bromantic comedy and “Hangover”-esque guy humor. It fails miserably on both counts.
  23. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Jan 29, 2014
    38
    Its obsession with male genitalia, or, more specifically, penis receptacles, is emblematic of its overall aura of male entitlement and its consideration of women as prizes to be lanced.
  24. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Jan 30, 2014
    37
    The best thing about awkward moments, after all, is that they usually pass quickly. And, blessedly, just as swiftly forgotten.
  25. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Feb 5, 2014
    30
    There’s probably a movie out there that can call a happy, anatomical truce between Viagra-hopped, horizontal-dick jokes and heart-on-the-sleeve love stuff, but this ain’t that.
  26. Reviewed by: Genevieve Koski
    Jan 29, 2014
    30
    First-time writer-director Tom Gormican fills his script with jabs at romantic convention, but his story doesn’t attempt to subvert those conventions in any meaningful way.
  27. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jan 29, 2014
    30
    The pic falls well short of its efforts to combine the raucous vulgarity of the “Hangover” movies with Cameron Crowe-ish depth of feeling.
  28. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Jan 30, 2014
    25
    As for the dialogue, although the characters talk really fast, swear a lot, and overlap their lines, what they’re saying isn’t very funny or authentic. It’s as if David Mamet collaborated on writing an episode of “Two and a Half Men.”
  29. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Jan 30, 2014
    25
    There is something of a manufactured air to the proceedings, one that is acutely aware of the techniques and traits of other similar better film, but without the strength in writing to back it up.
  30. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Feb 6, 2014
    20
    Tom Gormican, the writer and director, mostly uses overlapping dialogue in place of actual jokes, although occasionally he stretches to toilet humour.
  31. Reviewed by: Cath Clarke
    Jan 28, 2014
    20
    The actors – who seem to have been involved in a hideous industrial accident that’s left them with the superpower of repelling all comic timing – are spectacularly unfunny.
  32. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jan 30, 2014
    12
    That Awkward Moment is a rom-com for dudes that seeks to outdo the ladies by being even more insipid, formulaic and contrived than anything Katherine Heigl has ever done.
  33. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jan 30, 2014
    10
    A vile, witless sex comedy.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Jan 31, 2014
    3
    With a few tweaks, and by jettisoning Zac Efron, this would be a fun guys movie wtih some interesting heartwarming moments. Instead, it's largely a drag. Michael B. Jordan shouldn't sell himself short acting in this type of crap. He's like Russell Westbrook playing at UCLA - averaging 10 points and a couple of assists against average competition, yet against the NBA's best, he shines. Jordan needs a real part and he acts the hell out of it - see Fruitvale Station. And Miles Teller is a rising star with limitless upside. He was great in The Spectacular Now and the best part of 21 and Over. But neither Jordan nor Teller could save this movie from its bad writing, it's tone-deaf directing, and Efron's crappy acting. Even the two leading actresses are pretty amazing. I'd never seen Imogen Poots in anything, but she's a comer. And Mackenzie Davis is destined for great things. Seriously, take Efron out of the equation and hand the script over to a better writer, and you have the makings of a St.Elmo's Fire Junior. But that's a lot to ask for. Juding the movie on what it is, not what it should have been, I give it a solid 3.5, rounding down. I even laughed a bit. The other THREE people in my opening night audience didn't make a peep. They clearly were not in the target audience for this film. Which is really another challenge for the makers of this film - finding that audience. Full Review »
  2. Jan 31, 2014
    8
    What the f**k is up with all the hate for this movie? I really enjoyed it. I had to sit in the front row for the thing and I still really liked it. The third act was a little cliche which was disappointing, but most of the jokes were great and the chemistry was fantastic. The female characters were really fleshed out too which I liked and it's the best movie I've seen this year, which isn't saying much, but I think it might end up on the lower end of my top 10 of the year, if not honorable mention. Go see this, much better than anything else out. 8.3/10 Full Review »
  3. Apr 16, 2014
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This is a movie you should not go see with your parents, unless you are completely open with them. With a penis joke every five minutes, "The Awkward Moment" will have you laughing out of your seat. This movie is an hour-and-thirty-five-minute awkward moment that you should at least see once in your life.
    Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller highlight what it is like for three single guys living in New York City. While they make a pact to stay single together after Jordan's character wife wants a divorce. Their friendship is put the test when Ellie (Imogen Poots) threatens to ruin the pact and the guy's friendship. This movie shows the realization of when it's time to grow up.
    Big-screen newcomers Jordan and Teller hit their stride with "The Awkward Moment." Both actors did a phenomenal acting job with the seasoned actor Efron. The three actors has chemistry few comedy movies have, as if they were friends for years.
    "The Awkward Moment" is hilariously inappropriate with added bonuses like seeing Zac Efron shirtless; and has you craving Ben and Jerry's ice cream. Make sure to stay during the credits for more penis jokes. Overall you should see "The Awkward Moment" at least one time, but you're spending too much money if you see it twice.
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