Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Feb 22, 2012
    91
    I don't know what tools of the trade Paul Rudd and director David Wain share to dream up the kind of inspired nutso stuff Rudd has done in smart-funny-raunchy winners like "Wet Hot American Summer" and "Role Models." But whatever it is, the two are in a groove - and backed up by some blissed-out creative co-conspirators.
  2. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Feb 24, 2012
    75
    Wain's brand of humor thrives on stepping over the line - and then sprinting a few hundred yards past it.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 23, 2012
    75
    So this is a good comedy, as bad as it can be and still be good, but good.
  4. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Feb 23, 2012
    75
    David Wain's riotous, raunchy, and more than a little raggedy showcase for Rudd's improv genius and Aniston's airy groundedness. He is gut-busting funny, she gently ticklish - ideal comic rapport.
  5. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Feb 27, 2012
    70
    Being taken under Apatow's wing may have been a big career break for writer-director David Wain, but this lacks the sharp personality of some of his earlier movies.
  6. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Feb 27, 2012
    70
    As broad and obvious as Wanderlust is, it's often very funny. [5 March 2012, p. 87]
  7. 70
    It's not fresh terrain for satire, yet most of the jokes play riotously well.
  8. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Feb 22, 2012
    70
    Though Wanderlust finally laughs off the real discomforting conclusion that it's edging toward, it's gut-busting funny when mocking their hopeless options.
  9. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Feb 22, 2012
    70
    Stars Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston find themselves at home here, playing against a stock-raising performance by Justin Theroux as the charismatic libertine who prompts their adventure.
  10. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Feb 22, 2012
    67
    Alternately mortified and charmed by the unhinged lifestyle, the film goofily celebrates the idea of a societal escape before drowning its idealism in a puddle of half-formed jokes.
  11. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Feb 23, 2012
    65
    Wanderlust is an agreeable comedy that peters out halfway through.
  12. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Feb 24, 2012
    63
    A raunchy, often hilarious satire from the Judd Apatow stable that lacks any real bite.
  13. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Feb 23, 2012
    63
    Some of the players are endearingly goofy in this good-natured comedy, particularly Rudd and Theroux. But Wanderlust trundles along unevenly, never reaching the cleverly raucous state it seeks.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Feb 23, 2012
    63
    When the script sags, Wain and producer Judd Apatow rely on a top team of actors to keep you laughing.
  15. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Feb 23, 2012
    63
    Wagging a limp dick at a host of up-to-the-minute issues, Wanderlust, manages to feel current, and relatively funny, without ever becoming particularly pointed, resulting in a floppy but satisfactory middlebrow comedy.
  16. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Feb 24, 2012
    60
    Wanderlust is about two or three script passes away from being a consistently funny, dramatically coherent romantic comedy.
  17. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Feb 23, 2012
    60
    While "Role Models" mined riches even in the well-plowed comedic soil of cretins befriending kids, Wanderlust's equally musty city-vs-country culture clash plot finds only flecks of hilarity in mostly bland-to-bold mediocrity.
  18. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Feb 23, 2012
    60
    If anything, the manic energy and aggressive sarcasm of Wain's "Role Models" (2008), which also starred Rudd, has become much more refined in Wanderlust, (well, as refined as something this raw can be).
  19. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Feb 23, 2012
    60
    It's not a top-shelf Apatow production, and by the end, it's obvious Wanderlust was a lot more fun to make than it is to watch.
  20. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Feb 22, 2012
    60
    None of the hilarity is enough to keep Wanderlust from feeling like a late-night comedy-show sketch stretched to feature length. But why look a giggle-prone gift horse in the mouth?
  21. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Feb 23, 2012
    58
    The effortlessly charming Rudd - who is never funnier here than when trying to psych himself up for a tryst with commune-dweller Malin Akerman with a series of increasingly preposterous voices - and an attractive, game supporting cast nearly sell the warmed-over material.
  22. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Feb 29, 2012
    50
    Wanderlust is flawed, too, but for its exploration of financial ruin and alternative lifestyles, it shows once again that Aniston, at the very least, knows which way the wind is blowing.
  23. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Feb 24, 2012
    50
    Wanderlust, a comedy that looks way better than it actually is set amidst the dreck of late winter releases.
  24. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Feb 23, 2012
    50
    For every few jokes that hit in this story about a recession-battered New York couple finding themselves on a Georgia commune, one sputters and dies.
  25. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Feb 23, 2012
    50
    Between this film and last summer's "Horrible Bosses," Aniston's coyness - starring in explicit movies without having to be explicit herself - seems to be becoming her stock in trade. It's not a particularly commendable one, and Wanderlust does little to disprove that she's still a star more suited to TV rather than the big screen.
  26. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Feb 23, 2012
    50
    Okay, Wanderlust has its moments. It's sporadically funny - funny enough to deliver a good laugh or two. The problem is, it doesn't do more than that, and the comedy is inconsistent.
  27. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Feb 23, 2012
    50
    This movie has no teeth. It does not want to say anything, other than the unprintable word for penis, over and over.
  28. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 22, 2012
    50
    Despite some amusing moments, everyone simply works too hard at providing rambunctious zaniness, until one grows painfully aware the inevitable outtakes reel will be superior to the movie.
  29. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 24, 2012
    42
    This movie is "Finian's Rainbow" for dunderheads. Rudd has a few amusing moments talking to himself in a mirror (he's trying to convince himself he's a stud) but he would have been better off talking himself out of this film.
  30. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Feb 24, 2012
    42
    If not for a few choice performance moments and a couple of peppy montages, Wanderlust would be cinematic compost, recycled and thoroughly smelly.
  31. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 23, 2012
    40
    Despite the calculated advance press about the movie's nudity, polygamy, dirty talk, etc., David Wain's comedy is depressingly banal. And all that breathless hype now feels like nothing more than manipulation.
  32. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Feb 23, 2012
    38
    There's no real reason to see this movie. It's exhausting and pointless and not amusing enough to make up for its failings. You can do better. The filmmakers could have done better. Honestly, you're better off staying home and making hummus.
  33. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Feb 23, 2012
    25
    Film encyclopedias may beg to differ, the Cahiers du Cinéma might correct me, but, as far as your humble correspondent knows, Wanderlust is the first mainstream movie ever to star a Floppy Prosthetic Penis.
  34. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 23, 2012
    0
    So you think you've seen silly? And smarmy? And inept? Wait till you see Wanderlust, though that's just a figure of speech; I'm not suggesting that you actually lay eyes on this naked grab for box office bucks.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 103 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 42
  2. Negative: 12 out of 42
  1. Mar 13, 2012
    6
    A funny and charming movie.
  2. Feb 25, 2012
    9
    This movie was hilarious. I am a bit perplexed about some of the lower scores from the users on this one. Someone probably just made love toThis movie was hilarious. I am a bit perplexed about some of the lower scores from the users on this one. Someone probably just made love to their wife in the other room. Full Review »
  3. Aug 13, 2012
    3
    Neither funny or charming enough to impress, even with a great cast. I give this movie 34%.