Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 31
  2. Negative: 11 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Sep 29, 2011
    63
    It does induce a few giggles like cheap champagne.
  2. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Sep 29, 2011
    63
    It's that awkward, tedious monster mash of "chick flick'' and romantic comedy.
  3. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Sep 29, 2011
    63
    It's full of lively and crude sexual banter, discussions of hookups and sex and Joel McHale's bare butt. Oddly, all this makes the film funnier and more accessible than you might imagine.
  4. Reviewed by: A. A. Dowd
    Oct 4, 2011
    60
    More of a formulaic Katherine Heigl joint than a femcentric "High Fidelity," this breezy challenge to post-Cosmopolitan gender politics boasts little in the way of surprises but plenty of offbeat charm from its daffy lead.
  5. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Sep 28, 2011
    60
    Mild vulgarity and discreet nudity garner the sought-after R rating, but this effort feels forced. The real "bad" here is the sheer formulaic nature of everything. There are no surprises but for once you don't much mind.
  6. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Sep 28, 2011
    58
    There's a smart, funny, observant comedy-drama to be made about the role our romantic pasts play in determining our futures, but director Mark Mylod and screenwriters Jennifer Crittenden and Gabrielle Allan are less interested in making that movie than in cycling Faris through a series of non-starting encounters with one-note-joke ex-flings.
  7. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Oct 1, 2011
    50
    Even if the speechifying is cringingly trite, and even though it's evident from Colin's first frame onscreen that 21 will be Ally's lucky number, at least her roundelay through exes allows for a few scant moments of inspired lunacy, led by Faris's cartoon-perfect vocal talents.
  8. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Sep 30, 2011
    50
    What's Your Number? trades in the sort of hard-R crudity that's become standard since "The Hangover," but the added explicitness doesn't make it any less artificial a contraption.
  9. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Sep 30, 2011
    50
    No matter how charmingly loopy she is, Faris can't transcend the stale gender clichés and rehashed rom-com set pieces.
  10. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Sep 29, 2011
    50
    Once again Anna Faris manages to be the best thing in another not very good Anna Faris movie.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Sep 29, 2011
    50
    The thin premise here seems better suited to a sitcom episode than a full-length feature. That's not surprising given that director Mark Mylod's résumé includes British TV comedies and "Entourage" episodes.
  12. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Sep 29, 2011
    50
    In some scenes, Faris' sheer velocity gives the movie liftoff. In others, it doesn't hurt that Evans, who looks like the very young Alec Baldwin, and has the sonorous voice of Mark Feuerstein, is the film's sex object.
  13. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Sep 29, 2011
    50
    Dumb film; smart comedienne.
  14. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Sep 28, 2011
    50
    Some audience members will come out for What's Your Number? for Faris' appeal and likability, but they'll leave disappointed because this film is more interested in showing her physical assets than her comedic ones.
  15. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Sep 29, 2011
    45
    There's a fine line between a character who has a sense of humor about herself and one who's being repeatedly humiliated for entertainment value, and I'm afraid Ally falls on the wrong side of the line.
  16. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 30, 2011
    40
    This comedy is empty.
  17. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Sep 29, 2011
    40
    What's Your Number? is not much dumber than the average romantic comedy, but there is something sad and infuriating about it.
  18. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Sep 29, 2011
    40
    The film's lack of common sense reaches out-of-control proportions in the final minutes.
  19. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Sep 28, 2011
    40
    A draggy, generally laugh-free outing that wastes a perfectly good Anna Faris.
  20. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Sep 26, 2011
    40
    Two charming leads don't make up for a comedy that just doesn't quite deliver the laughs it should.
  21. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Sep 29, 2011
    38
    Watching Faris's reactions to the bizarre material that makes up this film is like witnessing someone with a weird sense of humor make a string of jokes that no one's even catching.
  22. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Sep 29, 2011
    38
    Anna Faris and Chris Evans don't have enough scenes together, don't have enough funny lines and aren't surrounded by enough funny people to give this "Bridesmaids-lite" a shot.
  23. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Sep 29, 2011
    30
    That What's Your Number? is a bad movie is the least of the reasons to walk out of it feeling awful. Competing for the top spot are these two: the criminal misuse of Faris; and the casual endorsement of courtship practices as arcane and sadistic as Chinese foot-binding.
  24. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 29, 2011
    30
    If nothing else the ramshackle, scatterbrained rom-com What's Your Number? confirms the arrival, heralded by "Bridesmaids," of a new subgenre, the smutty chick flick, into the Hollywood mainstream.
  25. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Sep 29, 2011
    30
    A not very good romantic comedy made somewhat bearable by Faris.
  26. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    Sep 29, 2011
    30
    Grating romantic comedy.
  27. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Sep 29, 2011
    25
    What's Your Number? ups the vulgarity, ladling it on top of a rom-com base so insipid and predictable that the only thing to keep you awake is counting the number of times that the script drops the word "vagina."
  28. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Sep 29, 2011
    25
    I wouldn't even DVR What's Your Number? if under house arrest and starved for entertainment. I've got this movie's number, and it's zero.
  29. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Sep 29, 2011
    20
    What goes most wrong is the casting. Every facet of Faris' performance feels off.
  30. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sep 30, 2011
    16
    Under the direction of Entourage's Mark Mylod, the movie not only makes cheap sex jokes but looks skanky, too. Lighting, camerawork, and editing are all a slapdash mess, one that further hinders the actors trying their best to get through this failed hookup of a comedy.
  31. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Sep 29, 2011
    0
    She's hopeless, he's hopeless, and this movie is just ghastly.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
  1. Oct 8, 2011
    2
    The kind of terrible rom-com that they think women are so hungry for. Glad it tanked, hopefully they'll make more like Bridesmaids and less like this piece of garbage. Full Review »
  2. Oct 3, 2011
    6
    What's Your number? Probably higher than the score for this movie...

    I'll be honest. This was the least challenging movie showing at the
    cinema that didn't involve 3D sharks, hence its appeal. In a nutshell, Anna Faris vows not to sleep with anyone else unless he's 'The One' after learning (via the ever reliable medium of the woman's mag) that 96% of women with more than 20 ex-partners are unable to find husbands - I don't deny that it's cinematic candy floss. Unfortunately, even with expectations thus lowered, What's Your Number? still isn't premier league viewing. It's a shame really - Anna Faris and Chris Evans are a likable (and immensely buff) central couple, which makes them easy to root for/drool over. However, the film itself is merely a sequence of plot devices, some of which work, more of which don't. It's a terrible waste - few actresses have as much comic potential and willingness to make an ass of themselves as Faris. Even the open comedy goal of Faris re-visiting her exes is wasted - despite some promisingly perverse material, numerous cameos (including Martin Freeman, and a finger sniffing Joel McHale) are fluffed or wasted. The only positive is that the unmemorable male characters leave Blythe Danner clutching the best supporting actor role (as Faris' demonically elegant mother) by default.

    As for Evans, while he is effectively rehashing previous roles, most notably The Human Torch, as a **** but lovable man ho', he (and his magnificent abs) are still worth the price of entry. Plus the basketball scene is probably the sexiest thing involving one ball that you'll see in a cineplex this year.

    Unfortunately, despite a plausible premise (rare is the woman that hasn't questioned everything about her existence after reading an article in a lifestyle magazine), the film sags. I wasn't expecting an exhaustive treatise on feminism, but What's Your Number? doesn't even acknowledge the irony of a woman 'taking control' of her life on the basis of a single spurious statistic in a Marie Claire article, or the flagrant double standard at play as Faris' character freaks out about her number - a number easily surpassed by her male neighbour. Such omissions push the film beyond light and fluffy, and into outright vacuous territory instead. Sub plots come and go without arousing much interest, the insurmountable obstacle and various declarations of love are extremely contrived (yes, even for a rom com), and then there's the perennial question of how two penniless people can afford such magnificent apartments (I rent a hovel at vast expense, so naturally it bothers me).

    In short, there were better rom coms released in 2011 and unless you've already seen them, you should probably save this one for a rainy Sunday evening.

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  3. Mar 29, 2012
    7
    Okay, Waht's Your Number? The new movie of Anna Faris, first I wanna say, that I enjoy the movie is really funny, and the problem is that have much cliches, but I think that the trama is original, a woman that read on a magazine an article about if she have more of 20 ex's don't found the really love is very funny. Now the cast. Anna Faris, OMG is amazing watching the movies of this woman is very funny and sympathetic, is like in the Scary Movie films, now the dashing Chris Evans have a really cool performance, and the two actors have an incredle chemical. Is amazing. The screenplay can be same like the othe romantic movies, have funny moments and is interesting. What's Your Number? is not the best comedy film, but is funny. Full Review »