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  • Summary: A comedic take on a sweet-natured but middle-aged virgin who, through the well-meaning but misguided efforts of his co-workers, begins an unforgettable educational journey toward the goal of finally 'doing it.' (Universal)
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Buoyantly clever and amusing.
  2. 88
    Rude, raunchy, uproarious, yet with elements that are surprisingly sweet.
  3. 88
    Surprisingly insightful, as buddy comedies go, and it has a good heart and a lovable hero.
  4. 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.
  5. Apatow's film succeeds in having its virginity and losing it, too. Like "Wedding Crashers," it purges its cynicism with romanticism.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 166
  1. Nov 28, 2012
    A very competently written, utterly hilarious comedy, with just the right dose of humanity.
  2. RSK
    Mar 8, 2012
    One of the funniest movies ever. It's in the upper-echelon of comedies, if you will. Steve Carell is a genius, and the rest of the guys are hilarious. Great movie. Expand
  3. Sep 3, 2012
    Very funny. Not sure I would recommend it to young viewers, but it brings everything a comedy should. it was great because it went where no one else would go. It took chances and that payed off. Expand
  4. Sep 3, 2010
    As to be expected by Judd Apatow, it's crude, quirky and funny.
    Steve Carrell is brilliant in the lead & although the story is very
    predictable, it's still quite sweet.
    Gets an extra mark for the song at the end.
  5. Sep 10, 2013
    Pretty decent comedy. Carrel is in top form and there allot of great jokes and scenes. However, I find that it dragged a little when it was trying to be serious.

    A decent comedy, that is flawed and may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a light chuckle (primarily anyone in their 30s.)
  6. Nov 2, 2010
    Awesome movie, one of the funniest in recent years. Not only is it funny but it's interesting and you won't notice the 2 hours that this movie runs. The entire cast was amazing and it's great that they all have gonne to make many more films and I think it's partly thanks to their performance in this movie. Expand
  7. 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 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. Expand

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