Metascore
30

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 9 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 1, 2012
    25
    Utterly clueless about its tone and has no idea how relentlessly it is undercutting itself. By the time we arrive at the obligatory happy ending, which is perfunctory and automatic, I felt sort of insulted. If Chandrasekhar thinks his audience will laugh at his vulgarity, why does he believe it requires a feel-good ending?
  2. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Aug 4, 2012
    25
    You may find sperm jokes hilarious, but it's doubtful you'll find them hilarious in The Babymakers, which has serious composition problems.
  3. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Aug 1, 2012
    58
    This comedy about a couple who can't get pregnant is stuck between Judd Apatow's humane raunchiness and the American Pie series' smirky broadness.
  4. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 2, 2012
    25
    The big disappointment of The Babymakers is that it doesn't come close to being worthy of its two stars, Paul Schneider and Olivia Munn.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Aug 2, 2012
    20
    How does a comedy troupe even get from the frat-humor antics of "Beerfest" to the middle-class suburbanality of Babymakers? Well, everybody gets old eventually. Growing up, on the other hand, is optional.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Aug 1, 2012
    42
    It's raunchy/sweet in the "American Pie"/"40-Year-Old Virgin" tradition, and as dynamic as a glob of lazy sperm.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Aug 2, 2012
    30
    Yet another attempt to mix raunchy excess and romantic-comedy sweetness in an anything-goes raucous farce, The Babymakers offers a few big laughs between ho-hum stretches of frenetic vamping.
  8. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Aug 2, 2012
    60
    Delivered with sloppy, gleeful confidence, the movie is smarter than most gross-out comedies but isn't afraid to inspire an "Ewww."
  9. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Jul 31, 2012
    40
    The zippy screwball energy - and fantastic roster of cameos - that mitigated the fratty humor of Broken Lizard's last movie, the restaurant send-up "The Slammin' Salmon," is missing here, resulting in generic, feeble laffs and an ending as sticky as the pilfered substance.
  10. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jul 29, 2012
    25
    A safe, laugh-free exercise that gets to have its fun, such as it is, because it's all in the service of the most conservative notions of domestic normality.
  11. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Aug 2, 2012
    25
    The squirminess stands out here because there's so little going on the rest of the time.
  12. Reviewed by: Todd Gilchrist
    Jul 28, 2012
    42
    Overall, Chandrasekhar's first tentative venture towards something slightly more sincere is undermined by, quite frankly, his irresistible urge to take the piss out of every sequence that might have been played even remotely seriously.
  13. Reviewed by: Nathan Ditum
    Oct 1, 2012
    40
    A romcom that fumbles for heart in the gutter, and finds only glib gags.
  14. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Aug 5, 2012
    40
    Starts out as an agreeable, playfully off-color comedy of contemporary domestic manners and loses course to become a slack, tacky slapstick.
  15. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Aug 3, 2012
    12
    In a culture where Anderson Cooper is out and gay-inclusive shows like "Modern Family" are wildly popular, a dud like Babymakers doesn't even find sticking power in its offensiveness. It just wipes off.
  16. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Aug 2, 2012
    20
    Not even the snickering juvenile who lives in the deepest gutters of your brain will get a cheap thrill out of these antics.
  17. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Jul 31, 2012
    40
    Munn has proved on TV that she has solid timing, but she does little here other than look pretty and, when the plot calls for it, outraged. As for the likable Schneider, the "All the Real Girls" actor demonstrates that he's better off as a straight man than as a physical comedian.
User Score
4.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 4 out of 4
  1. Jul 31, 2014
    3
    So yeah, The Babymakers pretty much sucked. The plot had potential but was poorly executed, the acting was terrible, and the camerawork was crap. The only thing even remotely decent about this film is that Olivia Munn is in it and her insane levels of hotness don't make the movie worth watching. There are also a few funny parts scattered about but not enough to consistently deliver laughs. Full Review »
  2. Sep 28, 2012
    2
    Olivia Munn is the film's saving grace, but even she's not worth the viewing. From the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, this is a far cry from "Super Troopers" or even "Club Dredd" and closer to a paternal American Pie straight-to-video installment. "The Babymakers" is cliched at every turn and I guarantee you already know the ending and how they got there. If it's not midnight and you're paying, you shouldn't be watching this movie. Full Review »
  3. Aug 4, 2012
    2
    This movie was a real disappointment. It began with an interesting premise and was somewhat funny for the first 25 minutes, but it was mostly downhill after that. This film had two main problems. First, although a zany plot can sometimes work in a comedy, when it doesn't, it becomes annoying. That was the case here. The wanna-be plot twists weren't funny or interesting or in any way believable. There were some missed opportunities. Second, while comedies generally don't require Oscar-worthy performances, these actors, with few exceptions, seemed to completely mail it in. They probably knew the movie was going nowhere, but that doesn't excuse what comes across as a lack of effort in what they have been paid to do . Let me be a little more specific: there was no chemistry to be found in almost all the interactions between the film's characters. For instance, the lead husband and wife, supposedly married for three years, acted as if they were on their second or third date or worse, like distant cousins re-connecting after years apart. They never seemed like they would be married in real life. The buddies-hanging-out-at-a-bar seemed like they had nothing in common and would not hang out or trust one one another. The list goes on. Full Review »