Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 39
  2. Negative: 7 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Dec 12, 2012
    91
    This Is 40 isn't always hilarious, but it's ticklishly honest and droll about all the things being a parent can do to a relationship. And why it's still worth it.
  2. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Dec 19, 2012
    83
    A few broadly comic moments aside, This Is 40 also captures the rhythms and concerns of real life in ways that slicker Hollywood comedies don't.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Feb 11, 2013
    80
    With his fourth film as writer-director, Judd Apatow has arguably made his most personal film yet, without forgetting to make us laugh.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Mueller
    Jan 11, 2013
    80
    Apatow's return creates a pleasantly sprawling, perceptive study of mid-life angst that never lacks for laughs. Promoting Rudd and Mann from Knocked Up's margins to centre stage proves to be a shrewd move.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Dec 20, 2012
    80
    We aren't used to comedies that make us squirm like this. That doesn't mean they aren't worth our time. This Is 40 is.
  6. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Dec 2, 2012
    80
    Judd Apatow's instincts have rarely been sharper, wiser or more relatable than in This Is 40, an acutely perceptive, emotionally generous laffer about the joys and frustrations of marriage and middle age.
  7. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Dec 20, 2012
    75
    In short, This Is 40, in tried and true Apatowian style, mixes weighty issues about intimacy and cohabitation with astute and smart-alecky pop culture references, crude bathroom jokes, stoner riffs, boob ogling, and existential angst.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Dec 20, 2012
    75
    Apatow still hasn't set the table for a meaty drama, but making us laugh is a piece of cake.
  9. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Dec 20, 2012
    75
    Although This is 40 is too long and at times over-the-top, its essence is grounded in everyday moments and emotions that will have viewers nodding with understanding and recognition.
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 18, 2012
    75
    That's what makes This Is 40 so potently, painfully funny, even when it's gross. What other film would dare suggest rectal monitoring as a form of closeness?
  11. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Dec 20, 2012
    70
    There will be many who won't be able to get past the language in This Is 40. There will be others who will worry that the king of callous has gone soft on them. I'm just happy to see one of this generation's most influential comic minds back on track - the laugh track.
  12. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Dec 20, 2012
    70
    Calling it a mess would be both accurate and pointless, because a tidier comedy would squeeze the life out of this vital, generous blob of a film.
  13. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Dec 20, 2012
    70
    There are a lot of loose ends and a few forced conclusions. But, then again, the acceptance of imperfection is Mr. Apatow's theme, so a degree of sloppiness is to be expected. That's life.
  14. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Dec 18, 2012
    70
    Much like marriage, This Is 40 is somewhat formless, and it almost never hurries up. But life is improved by having the option.
  15. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Dec 17, 2012
    70
    For Apatow, one guesses, the only things that can forestall death are comedy (the movie is full of superb comics, including Albert Brooks and Melissa McCarthy) and the flourishing of his children, Maude and Iris, who appear in the movie as Debbie and Pete's daughters.
  16. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Dec 2, 2012
    70
    Even with all its ups and downs, there are more than enough bawdy laughs and truthful emotional moments to put this over as a mainstream audience pleaser during a holiday season short on good comedies.
  17. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Dec 21, 2012
    67
    The performers are so likable that you stay with them even when, as is often the case, the material is hit-or-miss.
  18. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Dec 20, 2012
    67
    There are laughs to be found, as unfiltered improvisations on subjects such as Viagra, home electronics, pot cookies and the end of "Lost" come fast and furious.
  19. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Dec 19, 2012
    67
    Does Apatow understand his heroes are assholes?
  20. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Dec 18, 2012
    65
    Apatow's film comes across as overstuffed and understructured, a collection of elements that hasn't really been assembled into a story and could do with the backbone.
  21. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Dec 20, 2012
    63
    Apatow rescued big-screen comedy from its lengthy wallow in the trough of dumb-and-dumber – we have good reason to thank the guy. Until now. In This Is 40, his fingerprints are still identifiable, but not nearly as crisp. They're starting to look smudged.
  22. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Dec 20, 2012
    63
    Give it plenty of points for brutal honesty. But This is 40 could have used more laughs.
  23. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Dec 20, 2012
    63
    The best scenes - the only time This Is 40 taps into genuinely messy comic anxiety - feature Brooks, who shpritzes shabby false confidence as Pete's pop, saddled with a younger wife and triplets he can't tell apart. Otherwise, the movie never quite comes to a point.
  24. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Dec 20, 2012
    63
    It displays a growing sense of fluidity and craft [from Apatow]. ... But much of the script feels oddly dishonest and dodgy.
  25. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Dec 20, 2012
    60
    Yes, Apatow's film has its peaks and valleys -- just the way life does -- but it stands alone nicely on its own, a satisfying comedic riff on life and all of its absurdities.
  26. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Dec 11, 2012
    60
    It all comes down to the Big Birthday Party and a furious bike ride, which he's clearly done before, in "The 40 Year Old Virgin."
  27. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Dec 18, 2012
    58
    Apatow indulges in his freeform tendencies to a particularly destructive degree with This is 40, resulting in a movie in which the ambitions are only equaled by the shortcomings.
  28. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Dec 20, 2012
    50
    Overlong, unnecessarily sex-obsessed and downright nasty at times, This Is 40 feels haphazard and unfinished, despite a few moments of laugh-out-loud humor.
  29. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Dec 20, 2012
    50
    As the movie goes on, the laughs are fewer and farther between, and for the last 30 minutes, not only did I not laugh, I wanted it to end so I could get back to my own boring but less precious life.
  30. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Dec 3, 2012
    50
    Welcome to the world of white people problems, ground zero for the strain of American comedies that Apatow does best. But does he really?
  31. Reviewed by: Henry Barnes
    Dec 21, 2012
    40
    It's not bad, exactly – but it is boring and very rarely funny. This is laboured. This is aimless. This Is 40. It's really quite a grind.
  32. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 20, 2012
    40
    There's a funny movie scratching at the edges of This is 40. Unfortunately, writer-director Judd Apatow sees himself as the John Cassavetes of Comedy, so every time that funny movie starts to emerge, Apatow tramples it with scenes of domestic irritation.
  33. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Dec 20, 2012
    38
    I don't think he (Apatow) did enough research on his topic. Because no one could be as whiny, spoiled, tasteless, combative and reliant on annoying stand-up comedy riffs as the entire cast of this film, the most disappointing one of the year.
  34. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Dec 20, 2012
    38
    The movie that's meant to be his (Apatow) most personal turns out to be his most dully generic.
  35. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Dec 20, 2012
    38
    This is 40 is crude and dull, with a supporting cast that reminds you how utterly uninteresting the main characters are.
  36. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Dec 16, 2012
    38
    It certainly suffers from the staleness of its off-the-cuff, improv-inspired mode of comedy, which prizes free-form riffing over organically constructed comedic scenarios.
  37. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Dec 18, 2012
    30
    At its worst, This Is 40 feels like being condemned to watch two hours of someone else's home movies - overly long, self-indulgent, and bone-crushingly banal.
  38. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Dec 4, 2012
    30
    Apatow has drifted further and further from comedy with every film, but This is 40 is the first where he hasn't even bothered to write any jokes. Instead of snappy dialogue, we get lazy exchanges.
  39. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Dec 20, 2012
    25
    The real problem with This Is 40 is its lack of truth, that Apatow wanted to express something about married life, and it eluded him. After all, no less than Kierkegaard once said that the actual dynamics of marriage are beyond the scope of art, and he was the best movie critic of the 19th century.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 177 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 67
  2. Negative: 19 out of 67
  1. Jan 3, 2013
    3
    Not even the stunning Megan Fox can save this film.
  2. Mar 31, 2013
    3
    It's hard to feel sorry for people who live in a $900.000 house, drive a 5 series BMW and a Lexus SUV, own a large heated swimming pool, use iPhones/iPads/iMacs, have a Spine surgeon as a father and who organise large garden BBQ parties. These 'poor' characters are bogged down by simple superficial problems that could be easlily solved and are plagued by their Mid-life crisis, coz their relationship doesn't feel as fresh anymore. Mediocre acting by Mann & Rudd makes you care even less about the outcome of this 137 min long self indulgent nagfest. It seems Apatow only had one good movie in him, so maybe he should consider another job... Full Review »
  3. Dec 28, 2012
    4
    sentimental, sometimes funny, typical Aptow navel gazing about emotional discovery and maturity. Wish he would get over the mid-life crisis and make something funny again. It is comparable to Louis the television series in that it makes fun of real life, steals some of his jokes, and is a realistic humor on getting older, only not nearly as funny. It is well balanced in that Megan fox has few lines and is mostly camera fodder to make the viewer forget that he is watching a **** polished version of a boring married couple. Would have been much more interesting if Rudd and Mann actually tried to kill each other and not just joke about it. don't pay money to see it. online free version is watchable. not worth the price of admission. Full Review »