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  • Summary: When Steve Coogan is asked by The Observer to tour the country's finest restaurants, he envisions it as the perfect getaway with his beautiful girlfriend. But, when she backs out on him, he has no one to accompany him but his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon. As the brilliant comic duo, freestyling with flair, drive each other mad with constant competition and showdowns of competing impressions, the ultimate odd couple realize in the end a rich amount about not only good food, but the nature of fame, relationships and their own lives. [IFC Films] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jun 16, 2011
    So it's two guys traveling, eating and talking. Doesn't sound like much. But it's terrific.
  2. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jun 8, 2011
    The Trip looks like a lark - and is - yet there's a sneaky resonance to the way it celebrates what acting means to these two rogue cutups.
  3. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Jul 14, 2011
    Screamingly funny. Like I said, terrific stuff.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jun 6, 2011
    The central appeal of The Trip is that it's only a comedy in bits and pieces. Overall, however, Winterbottom constructs a thoughtful and generally sad portrait of Coogan's persona as a man unsure of his next move.
  5. Reviewed by: J. Hoberman
    Jun 7, 2011
    The verbal jousts are droll and the countryside is splendid, although the food - an endless succession of fussy little presentations - may be an acquired taste.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jun 17, 2011
    The riffing, the one-upsmanship, the off-the-cuff zingers and the singing (ABBA, a great favorite of Coogan's most famous creation, the dizzy talk show host Alan Partridge) make The Trip an easy-going trek down a road well-traveled by these two.
  7. Reviewed by: Ray Bennett
    Jun 7, 2011
    The project suffers badly from being largely improvised as the pair fall back on familiar impressions and old jokes. Lazy and indulgent, it smacks of being what the British call a "jolly," that is a freebie with no obligation to turn in work afterward.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Jun 13, 2011
    Outstanding film. As we were leaving the theater, three 40-something women were bashing it as pretentious, self-indulgent, and overlong by 30 minutes. I can't believe they watched the same film we did. It has enormous laughs, and some seriously touching moments. I'm now a huge fan of Rob Brydon - what a tremendous talent. It's also a visually beautiful film, with some amazing food/restaurant moments. The impressions and off-the-cuff conversations are side-splittingly funny. Expand
  2. Aug 26, 2011
    Went in with no expectations as I was unaware of the actors previous work. Attended in a small theatre in Portland (The Living Room) with an audience who was both open and discerning. This film was well paced, beautifully filmed and extremely funny and brilliantly executed. Other audiences might have been disappointed due to the lack of car chases or crude humour but for those who value well crafted work this is one movie you must see. Expand
  3. Lyn
    Sep 1, 2012
    "The Trip" feels like a variation on "Sideways," but quintessentially British. The misty moors instead of the sunny wine country, and witty riffs on poetry and Abba lyrics rather than comical sexual hijinks. And instead of playing out their "issues" with references to wine, these two guys do it with hilarious impressions from show biz. The drama is droll and subtle. Granted, I'm a fan of "talky" films, but I'm really surprised at the critics who felt this was too long. I could have tagged along on this trip for another hour. Expand
  4. Jun 21, 2011
    The Trip is one of the odder on the road, buddy movies. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, playing themselves, take off on a road trip to northern Englandâ Expand
  5. Aug 10, 2012
    This was better than I was expecting for Video on Demand, at times hilarious and at times insightful, but these moments were never consistent enough for this to truly be considered a quality film. Expand
  6. Dec 16, 2011
    The acting is spectacular - this proves to be the only actual good component, making this film one actually worth watching. Otherwise, you'd be wasting your time on a boring food fest bursting your desires to spend an insane amount of money on relatively bland food. Expand
  7. Aug 17, 2011
    No,Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon doesn't "play themselves".They are trying to somehow attract visitors to English countryside.And to boost sales of Range Rover cars.Looks like a long and boring commercial.But there is a funny side as well.Food,that ostensibly they are being served,by well trained staff,you will hardly encounter in top London restorants! Expand

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