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Due Date

The critical consensus

Another Hangover was too much to hope for, especially as this was scripted by committee. It’s a bit funny but also quite a bit nasty.

**(*)(*)(*)Angie Errigo, Empire Online, 01/11/2010

Painfully funny, perfectly cast, Due Date is one of the finest comedies of the year. Todd Phillips’ verve drives the odd-couple-bromanceroad- movie to a bright new destination.

****(*)Rosie Fletcher, Total Film, 28/10/2010

Phillips is never one to shy away from pushing the envelope as far as what’s permissible is concerned, but gags involving spitting in a dog’s face and punching a child fly a little too close to the mark.

**(*)(*)(*)Rob Carnivale, The List, 02/11/2010

There are some nice moments, but the comedy mostly doesn't come off and there is no double-act chemistry between Downey and Galifianakis.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 04/11/2010

Between Highman’s vicious rants and some eye-wateringly bad-taste jokes, Phillips’s picture doesn’t so much push the envelope of comedy as put the thing through the shredder.

***(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 04/11/2010

This odd-couple road comedy is – how to put it? – adequate.

***(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 05/11/2010

It is all about making you laugh and succeeds on that basis at regular intervals.

Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 04/11/2010

Worst road movie of the year.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 05/11/2010

More often, the meandering script lands them in a gooey no-mirth zone, and here it is that the tactics of desperation come into play.

**(*)(*)(*)The Telegraph, 05/11/2010

While it's pretty much a rip-off of Planes, Trains And Automobiles there are just about enough laughs to excuse the similarities. This is no Hangover, mind you.

***(*)(*)Daily Record, 05/11/2010

The result is a film that's tonally all over the place and – bar one hilarious scene involving Downey punching a small child – depressingly short on laugh-out-loud gags.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 06/11/2010

Both actors are quirky enough to make their characters unusual, even if their situation isn't.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 07/11/2010

A sporadically very funny outing by the director of The Hangover.

Philip French, The Observer, 07/11/2010

Features about Due Date

Interview: Zach Galifianakis, actor

Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 26/10/2010

Profile: Robert Downey Jr.

Emma Cowing, The Scotsman, 31/10/2010

Zach Galifianakis' Due Date inspiration

STV, 10/11/2010

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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