The Guilt Trip surprises by avoiding the obvious. It zigs when you expect it to zag. It's perceptive and thoughtful as it swerves around potholes that easily could have broken an axle.
—Randy Cordova Arizona Republic
Well, it's a masterpiece compared with 'Little Fockers,' the last movie featuring Barbra Streisand.
—Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune
The Guilt Trip is not about Rogen, bubbeleh. Streisand is her own once-in-a-lifetime trip, looking gawjuss with that divine voice and those killer fingernails, and the sight of the lady scarfing down four pounds of beef at a Texas steak joint is one a Streisand lover can now cross off her bucket list.
—Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
The Guilt Trip works because we all know and like a Joyce Brewster (or dozens of them).
—Mary Pols Time
It's a one-joke movie, if "Jewish mothers are annoying" is a joke. But just as a film about boredom should not actually be boring, no movie should credibly simulate the experience of being stuck in a car with Barbra Streisand for eight days.
—Kyle Smith New York Post