No Rush to See Due Date

Zach Galifianakis polarizes critics
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 5, 2010 1:31 PM CDT

(Newser) – Is Due Date this year’s Hangover? Not really, the critics say; it’s more “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles for the road rage generation,” writes Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News. Reviews are mixed, with only 40% of critics liking it but 75% of fans approving at Rotten Tomatoes:

  • It’s a “recipe for nutso fun,” writes Peter Travers in Rolling Stone. Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr. “gift Due Date with something rare in any kind of movie: a soul.”

  • Due Date is “kind of like the Odyssey, but with masturbation jokes and vomit,” notes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times. She’s not particularly impressed, but “Galifianakis is good enough to make you almost forget the movie.”
  • Weitzman disagrees, calling Galifianakis’ character “obscenely irritating” in her Daily News review. “Like the direction, the script veers all over the place before reaching its inevitable, unsurprising destination.”

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