Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 35
  2. Negative: 9 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Aug 2, 2011
    80
    Despite all the boobs, The Change-Up is very fair to its female characters-well, at least to Mann and Wilde, who both ring true, even if Wilde is almost too good to be true...It sounds like a trifling detail, but those details are sorely missing from most "date movies," in which even the women laughing in the audience exit feeling like they're the butt of the joke.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Aug 4, 2011
    70
    The real summit meeting here may be between the two leads. They're good at their specialties - Reynolds's casual jock studliness and Bateman's nervous white-collar introversion - and they're even better at switching into the other guy's shtick and mannerisms.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Aug 4, 2011
    63
    I still think it's a funny movie, but given its genes, it's a bit of a slacker.
  4. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Aug 4, 2011
    63
    If I must watch two men not be gay together for the 300th time this summer, those men should be Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds.
  5. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Aug 3, 2011
    63
    Distilled to its basics, it's little more than a sit-com that has been tarted up with scenes of projectile poop, odd sexual fetishes, and knife wielding babies. It all seems a little tired and, more importantly, not as funny as it should be.
  6. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Aug 2, 2011
    60
    The film's final dialogue exchange reveals The Change-Up to be one long setup to a bromantic joke that, in a roundabout way, maybe comes closer than any previous film to fulfilling that woebegone subgenre's implicit homoerotic endgame.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Aug 5, 2011
    50
    You want a change-up? Here's a change-up: How about if Hollywood stops spoon-feeding us this uninspired pablum and comes up with a fresh idea or two?
  8. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Aug 5, 2011
    50
    Sporadically hilarious but more often just plain crass and contrived.
  9. 50
    While there's some decent fun to be had in this fantasy world, The Change-Up drags on so long you may need to "visit the fountain" before Dave and Mitch become themselves again.
  10. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Aug 4, 2011
    50
    The film is often funny and even more frequently vulgar, exploiting every last chance for raunch in the full-chassis exchange of two grown men. The only thing missing: male nudity.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Aug 4, 2011
    50
    The Change-Up should have fired on all cylinders. What went wrong here?
  12. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Aug 4, 2011
    50
    Instantly forgettable but intermittently funny movie.
  13. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Aug 4, 2011
    50
    The Change-Up tries so hard to be scandalous that it's a shame it doesn't do more to change up the formula.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Aug 4, 2011
    50
    No matter Bateman and Reynolds make The Change-Up seem a lot better than it is. Each earns a star in my review. The movie would be literally nothing without them.
  15. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Aug 4, 2011
    50
    Like the kids in detention, The Change-Up wants to offend your sensibilities. It sets new records for scatological humor and profanity.
  16. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Aug 4, 2011
    50
    The trouble with The Change-Up is that it doesn't change-up enough of the formula to render this new.
  17. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Aug 4, 2011
    50
    Some comedies have the knack for affrontery and shock value; The Change-Up, written by the "Hangover" team of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, merely has the will to offend.
  18. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Aug 3, 2011
    50
    Soon enough it's back to stale jokes about spousal date nights.
  19. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Aug 3, 2011
    50
    Yet as is so often the case with the frat-boy genre to which this film panders, so many gags feel like desperate, self-conscious attempts to be outrageous that the effect of its abundant cursing and boob shots is more depressing than delirious.
  20. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 3, 2011
    50
    It's hard not to be disappointed with The Change-Up, which in the end follows the basic conventions of the switched-identity genre, if more profanely, changing up not much at all.
  21. Reviewed by: Nick de Semlyen
    Sep 12, 2011
    40
    Despite the promise of the title, this a fairly stale offering, plodding through the beats of a well-worn subgenre but failing to add much more than a foul mouth.
  22. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Aug 6, 2011
    40
    It's occasionally funny and a lot painful.
  23. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Aug 4, 2011
    40
    Tainted by a script (by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore) so risibly broad it makes "Wedding Crashers" look like Bergman in the Hamptons.
  24. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Aug 2, 2011
    40
    Depending on what you need from this movie, there's slight redemption in its full-on commitment to raunch, both in baby-shit–to-mouth scatology and some choice zingers.
  25. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Aug 2, 2011
    40
    If "Freaky Friday" had an impudent, foul-mouthed little brother, it would be The Change-Up, an often needlessly crass, bromance-oriented spin on the body-swap comedy.
  26. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Aug 2, 2011
    40
    The Change-Up bravely attempts to revive the dormant subgenre but it's a lame effort that grows increasingly frantic and foul-mouthed as the realization sets in that the gimmick isn't working.
  27. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Aug 4, 2011
    38
    As it is, the audience must content itself with baby poop, naughty words and the female anatomy at its pneumatic extreme, while Bateman and Reynolds's search for transcendence continues.
  28. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 3, 2011
    38
    One of the dirtiest-minded mainstream releases in history. It has a low opinion of men, a lower opinion of women, and the lowest opinion of the intelligence of its audience. It is obscene, foulmouthed, scatological, creepy and perverted.
  29. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Aug 3, 2011
    33
    David Dobkin's film has the faults of raucous recent scatological comedies like "Bad Teacher," "Horrible Bosses," and "The Hangover Part II" with none of their redeeming facets. It's scattershot, sexist, and vulgar without being funny.
  30. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Aug 4, 2011
    30
    The body-swapping premise, which is stale to begin with, isn't explored with any depth, unless you find meaningful Freudian subtext in the movie's relentless anal fixation. But the premise at least sets up a farce that surpasses "The Hangover" in gleeful crudeness and profanity.
  31. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Aug 2, 2011
    25
    The charm, versatility and charisma of Jason Bateman and the camera-ready good looks of Ryan Reynolds should add up to more than a piece of crummy, amateurish junk called The Change-Up.
  32. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Aug 6, 2011
    20
    To call The Change-Up misogynistic would be to shortchange the equal-opportunity disgust this anal-regressive film demonstrates toward men, babies, old people, and corporeal existence in general.
  33. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Aug 5, 2011
    20
    The Change-Up's spin on the material transplants the same old house on a crumbled foundation, trying to disguise its creaky familiarity with the gaudiest coat of paint possible.
  34. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Aug 4, 2011
    10
    Let's give this ghastly studio comedy a Truthiness in Advertising award, if nothing else.
  35. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Aug 4, 2011
    0
    The Change-Up is the "Human Centipede" of gag-me comedies.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 108 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 41
  2. Negative: 8 out of 41
  1. Mar 4, 2012
    6
    You wouldn't think an R rated comedy starring Ryan Reynalds and Jason Batemen would be full of boobs,bums, sexual content and even batemen being shat upon by his eighteen month old son. Reynalds and Bateman have great chemestry and props to both Leslie Mann and Olivia Wilde for getting your gear off and doing it graciously. The movie falls flat with the script, it's half funny,half grating. Though every character is charming and great, the execution of the script however was meh. I thought it was a pretty decent comedy but not as great as other movies are. worth a rental Full Review »
  2. Aug 13, 2011
    2
    Not a good year for Ryan Reynolds and that's why "The Change-Up" was a big flop. I think this is one of the worst raunchy R-rated comedy of 2011. Sorry Ryan, if you want to make a mere good ol' comedy, try hooking up with Sandra Bullock or Milla Kunis. Full Review »
  3. Aug 5, 2011
    6
    This movie is full of Boobs and sexual comments as well as being very inappropriate front of children. It was fun at points but nothing that made me really laugh it was all in all a well portrayed film Full Review »