Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 88
    Surprisingly insightful, as buddy comedies go, and it has a good heart and a lovable hero.
  2. 88
    Rude, raunchy, uproarious, yet with elements that are surprisingly sweet.
  3. 75
    Steve Carell, best known as a team player on "The Daily Show," "The Office" and such movies as "Anchorman," earns top-banana status as Andy. He is flat-out hilarious.
  4. 50
    A calculating crowd-pleaser aimed squarely at the under-25 crowd, who can feel free to add a star or two to my rating.
  5. Buoyantly clever and amusing.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Carell accomplishes the task of being sweet-natured without becoming cloying.
  7. 75
    A lot of the credit for what's right with 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin goes to the screenplay, which Carell and Apatow wrote. They like these characters and, when it matters, they dare to give them feelings, none truer than Andy's.
  8. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Fun without ever being particularly funny, this one-joke comedy-of-bad-manners features a hero who will either tickle your funny bone or make you vaguely uncomfortable.
  9. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Too long, too sexist, and too--shall we say--flaccid. But it has its moments.
  10. Even a starring role in the American version of the British show "The Office," which has given Mr. Carell a higher profile, conveys neither his sheer likability nor his range as an actor, both crucial to making this film work as well as it does.
  11. 80
    This is a superb, delicately calibrated comic performance: Carell never allows the character to swerve into excessive cuddliness.
  12. Carell and Apatow collaborated on the script; it does manage a few laughs, but the characters seldom progress beyond the two-dimensional.
  13. Works on every level. The humor and language are as crude as an R rating allows, but Carell and Apatow's script is so hip, funny and - yes - innocent that it's never offensive.
  14. 50
    In a textbook example of the have-it-both-ways ethos of self-loathing narcissism, Carell has succeeded in creating a character of old-fashioned decency in a movie that otherwise flouts it at every turn.
  15. 75
    It's not great moviemaking -- it isn't as accomplished or funny as the best of the Farrelly brothers' films, say -- but it's got real appeal.
  16. Apatow's film succeeds in having its virginity and losing it, too. Like "Wedding Crashers," it purges its cynicism with romanticism.
  17. Judd Apatow brings no cleverness or wit to his one-joke situation, and he can't give it the kernel of credibility that even a low comedy needs to sustain itself for a feature length.
  18. What keeps The 40-Year-Old Virgin out of Rob Schneider territory, however, is: 1) the fact that it's pretty darn funny, and in a way that feels consistently real, and 2) the fact that it's actually an excellent date movie.
  19. 80
    Funny and realistically romantic, but almost never at the same time.
  20. Sticking to one joke in an unconscionably long film makes for a very stale, witless and repetitive comedy.
  21. 90
    It's an unconscionably funny sex farce that, by its end, turns into a tender and honest romance, an acute portrait of loneliness and, believe it or not, a musical. This is a movie Blake Edwards might have made.
  22. Isn't quite a home run: The visually flat film leans on a pop culture crutch that probably won't age very well, and the finale – while terrifically funny – feels piped in from another, far sillier movie.
  23. Probably the most sweet-spirited sex comedy ever made. It's pretty funny, too.
  24. 88
    Hilarious and imaginatively crude with a surprising sweet and subtle aftertaste that prevents it from flopping, limp and brainless, into the sugary abyss of romantic predictability.
  25. 80
    The 40-Year-Old-Virgin is a hit, I would warrant, because it’s truly dirty and truly romantic at the same time, a combination that's very hard to pull off.
  26. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Funny in its deplorable way.
  27. A love story that gets the single male culture down so honestly and unapologetically that it can't help but push the boundaries of political correctness.
  28. Virgin is astoundingly astute but also wondrously clever, written with more care and joy than any hundred comedies to come out of Hollywood in years.
  29. Takes a premise that, in less competent, less empathetic hands, would have had the depth of a pancake, gives it a soul and turns it into a surprisingly sweet and funny ode to male friendship and middle-aged love.
  30. 70
    The Virgin script occasionally resets a gold standard for refined crudery.
  31. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Crude, sophomorically homophobic but frequently funny, pic also overstays its welcome a bit and indulges in some juvenile excesses. All told, though, The 40 Year Old Virgin delivers enough belly laughs.
  32. Yes, Steve Carell can carry a movie. Yes, Judd Apatow can direct a movie. Yes, we'll all relate to a middle-aged virgin. And yes, when an aesthetician yells to her assistant "we're gonna need more wax," you best run.
  33. Reviewed by: Ryan Devlin
    Even in the service of silliness, no one plays tragic, desperate, and beautiful better than Keener, who together with Carell, makes this film both laugh out loud funny and humane.
  34. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    While "Wedding Crashers" ultimately succumbs to endorsing the mushy romantic clichés that it spends the rest of the time ridiculing, The 40-Year-Old Virgin offers a wiser take on the anxieties, negotiations and expectations that surround love and sex, particularly for people who've been burned before.
  35. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    The jokes fly fast and sometimes very funny. They are, more often, crude and homophobic. Still, a genuine sweetness lurks.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 334 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 169
  1. Feb 6, 2012
    Solid movie with some laughs, but not really much more. It's all about his virginaty and that's funny for some time but does not last untilSolid movie with some laughs, but not really much more. It's all about his virginaty and that's funny for some time but does not last until the end of the movie... Steve Carrell did a good job. I think without him this movie would be even more boring by time. Co-Cast was good as well only the storyline was to weak to stand the 90 minutes. Full Review »
  2. mitchm.
    Jan 2, 2006
    One laugh. Nuff said. (and that one was the already well-rehearsed chest waxing scene, which we'd all seen in trailers for month One laugh. Nuff said. (and that one was the already well-rehearsed chest waxing scene, which we'd all seen in trailers for month preceding) My expectations were admittedly high, and this sad flick dashed them to pieces. I could barely sit through it. Full Review »
  3. alg.
    Dec 30, 2005
    I laughed once.