Why couldn't Couples Retreat have been lighthearted and zany throughout, instead of trying to push across a message about picket-fence monogamy?
-Dan ZakFull Review
This is one of those films, like last week's Whip It and so many others of late, that looks like it was a lot fun to make. It's just not all that much fun to watch.
-Tom LongFull Review
There are also scenes, the disjointed kind that wander off aimlessly in the vague hope of finding a movie, not to mention a laugh.
-Rick GroenFull Review
Couples Retreat is a comedy of exhaustion. But it is the comedy itself, in both concept and execution, that seems tired.
-A.O. ScottFull Review
Greatly silly and unexpectedly wise at times.
-Lisa KennedyFull Review
You know those comedies that hit a little dry spell and have a hard time recovering? Couples Retreat has one that lasts about, oh, 90 minutes.
This deeply unfunny film is further proof that movie comedy these days -- in its acting, writing, directing -- is far below the average sitcom.
-Peter RainerFull Review
Couples Retreat has an eye, and ear, for the way relationships fall apart terribly slowly and then all at once. What it lacks is a truly concentrated comedy punch, preferring instead to land a series of scattered jabs from the 16 arms of its eight leads.
-James RocchiFull Review
Like most of Universal's offerings this year, you have to wonder exactly who (besides masochists) they thought would actually want to see Couples Retreat in a theater.
-Lou LumenickFull Review
Couples Retreat is neither funny nor honest. The exact opposite of a retreat, it's merely exhausting.
-Stephanie ZacharekFull Review
Beneath the ham acting and the relentless banter is a serious movie about relationships. We're being sold laughs, but a few sober thoughts are delivered.
-Peter HowellFull Review
It's too bad Couples Retreat is so poorly written and conceived, given the talented cast and chemistry between Vaughn and pal Favreau. We're meant to relate to these hapless folks or laugh at their foibles, but more often we wince.
-Claudia PuigFull Review
What's depressing is that there's hardly a creative spark in this sour, offensive, contrived story, and its sloppiness is more consistent than its comedy.
-Mary F. PolsFull Review
A marriage-renewal comedy with a decent cast, a few good ideas and no clear grasp on what to do with them.
-Amy BiancolliFull Review
The acting is a mixed bag. Jon Favreau and Faizon Love, who never hit a false note, are the standouts.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
The various therapies -- talk, yoga, massage -- serve only to set up tired insult humor and smarmy sight gags.
-Andrea GronvallFull Review
Trouble in paradise. That's the overly familiar premise of this sun-poisoned comedy.
-David HiltbrandFull Review
Ever go on a vacation where most of the people around seem to be having more fun than you? Then you already know what it'll feel like to visit Couples Retreat.
-Elizabeth WeitzmanFull Review
The cast got to spend a month shooting on Bora Bora. So that explains why they're in the movie. Why you'd spend good money for a ticket to watch them have all the fun and not have any fun yourself passes understanding.
-Peter TraversFull Review
Couples Retreat is a pleasant, undemanding, middle-of-the-road comedy, and really, were you expecting anything else?
-Colin CovertFull Review
Imagine that you are listening in on the marriage-counseling sessions of the dullest couple you know. Multiply that by four, and you've got a pretty good approximation of the experience of watching Couples Retreat.
-Moira MacDonaldFull Review
Yes, there's pointed human comedy to be mined from the very real stresses of married life, but this bonehead idiots-in- paradise farce raises issues only to gloss them over.
-Ty BurrFull Review
Though I enjoy nearly everyone on-screen in Couples Retreat, I found it pretty meager and more than a little depressing.
-Michael PhillipsFull Review
Couples Retreat is essentially Vaughn and Favreau's baby, and it is absolutely, inexcusably terrible.
-Rene RodriguezFull Review
It contains little comedy, except for free-standing one-liners, and no suspense, except for the timing of the obligatory reconciliation. It doesn't even make you think you'd like to visit its island paradise.
-Roger EbertFull Review
A few funny lines and ideas emerge here and there, but Couples Retreat mostly feels repetitive and overlong at nearly two hours. You wouldn't mind getting voted off this island.
-Christy LemireFull Review
This intermittently funny tale of four couples undergoing relationship therapy struggles hard for its occasional laughs.
Those involved got to spend weeks at a Bora Bora luxury resort; all we get is this not lousy but unmemorable tropical-vacation comedy.
-Dennis HarveyFull Review
Couples Retreat plays like the NBA All-Star game: What seems like a dream-team exhibition of pros at the top of their game too often turns into an undisciplined mess.
-Bill GoodykoontzFull Review
Couples, a sputtering if sporadically amusing misfire, packed a lot of actors off to a pretty location and gave them nothing funny or deep to do.
-Roger MooreFull Review