Comic misadventures follow when a rising executive (Paul Rudd) brings a blundering IRS agent (Steve Carell) to a monthly gathering hosted by his boss.
" You know you're in trouble when the best thing in your movie is a bunch of dead rodents. "
" A decent cast wrestle with a crummy script in this loose and creaky Hollywood spin on Le Diner de Cons... "
" In adapting Francis Veber's 1998 French farce Le Diner des cons (The Dinner Game), Roach and his writers David Guion and Michael Handelman have completely defanged it. "
" With moments of fitful hilarity, the pairing of Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and a talented cast of secondary actors, there's plenty here to keep summer comedy fans satiated, if not entirely satisfied. "
" Dinner for Schmucks may be as broad as the proverbial groaning board, but Rudd and Carell bring out its most toothsome delights. "
" Dinner With Schmucks may actually be the funniest movie currently in the marketplace -- but that's pretty much by default. "
" It's lurching, desperate and borderline incomprehensible -- a movie whose characters act according to no known precept of recognizable human behavior. "
" Where the French leads were nasty, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd have an inherently likable quality even when playing a foolish sap and a cutthroat businessman. "
" Jay Roach has cast his picture with standout comic talents... "
" Veber's comic conceit, which stopped short of actually showing the dinner, doesn't really cross the Atlantic intact. "
" Pure, tasteless slapstick silliness with little on its mind beyond cheap yuks. "
" 'Dinner for Schmucks': Good Movie, Bad Title "
" ...it's hard not to think the portion offered here is just enough to satisfy anyone looking for a few laughs. "
" All the disorderly or anarchistic possibilities of its premise get channeled back toward a message of symbolic pseudo-redemption, which is what Hollywood movies have to deliver at all costs. "
" It's funny from the beginning, and it stays funny, even as it beats scenes to death and overstays its welcome. "
" The movie has a slew of goofball moments that don't add up to a consistently hilarious outing. "
" The point of the movie is how miserable Tim's life is made by Barry, and audiences will know exactly how he feels. "
" Most of the problem is in the performance of Steve Carell. "
" This may not be the highest achievement of the director's art -- to exceed minimal expectations -- but it's an honorable one, and Roach makes the grade. "
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