Wanderlust

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

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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 132 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 45
  2. Negative: 13 out of 45
  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%.