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With pratfalls, yucks, a crying jag, and what is starting to seem like the requisite flash of nudity, Jason Segel becomes this year's adorably hapless movie schlub.

-Bob MondelloFull Review

'Forgetting Sarah Foster': Judd Apatow's Latest Dick Flick

-Joe BaltakeFull Review

Jason Segel has what Nicolas Cage and Gene Wilder and a precious handful of other witty actors have: The ability to make egregious humiliation and painful neediness a source of limitless mirth.

-Michael PhillipsFull Review

Halfway through I realized that I'd lost most of my standards, maybe under my seat, and was enjoying the erratic evolution of the nonsense.

-Joe MorgensternFull Review

The cringingly wacky scenarios, offbeat characters and comic dialogue serve up a crowd-pleasing, laugh-filled experience.

-Claudia PuigFull Review

This is a fairly low-keyed comedy, but a grown-up dropping in on it can appreciate its lack of frenzy, its fundamental good nature, as easily as its core audience will. It isn't exactly a gem, but as zircons go, it'll do.

-Richard SchickelFull Review

Forgetting Sarah Marshall should please audiences eager for silly summer comedy (particularly, the Hawaiian sunshine should delight those currently enduring a gray Seattle spring).

-Moira MacDonaldFull Review

Like its predecessors, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a smart comedy that trades on social embarrassment and shows love from the standpoint of male insecurity.

-Mick LaSalleFull Review

Forgetting Sarah Marshall follows the Apatow formula faithfully enough. All that's missing is charisma -- the je ne sais quois that makes us fall in love in the first place.

-Stephanie ZacharekFull Review

Forgetting Sarah Marshall goes out with a whimper when you so want a bang. But until then, this so-called romantic disaster comedy is a raucous ride through one man's pain.

-Peter Travers

Like most of Apatow's productions -- heck, most of his heroes -- Forgetting Sarah Marshall is big and sloppy and too willing to settle for being just good enough. But like them too, it's funny. And it grows on you.

-Stephen WhittyFull Review

This film is so funny it may be beside the point to complain that, as in many Apatow productions, the writing and direction are still in something of a state of arrested development.

-Lou LumenickFull Review

We know actors are trained to let it all hang out, but Jason Segel takes naked vulnerability to new levels in Nicholas Stoller's likable debut, Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

-Elizabeth WeitzmanFull Review

The movie isn't quite so polished as Virgin or Knocked Up, but it's terrifically funny and, for a few brief moments, poignant.

-Connie OgleFull Review

If Forgetting Sarah Marshall lacks the heady mix of sheer exuberance and unexpected maturity of the granddaddy of the genre, Apatow's 40-Year-Old Virgin, it's more soulful than Knocked Up and more inclusive than Superbad.

-Carina ChocanoFull Review

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a lazy, second-hand offering from the Apatow crude-but-sweet assembly line.

-Adam GrahamFull Review

Forgetting Sarah Marshall does not entirely play by the established conventions of its genre.

-A.O. Scott

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is, ultimately, forgettable, but for most of the way it's a pleasant little vacation of a movie.

-Peter RainerFull Review

In the Apatow manner, [writer/star Jason] Segel mines a mother lode of painful personal memories for his breakup gags, and the vanity of entertainment people proves to be another rich vein.

-J. R. JonesFull Review

Like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Superbad before it, it delivers belly laughs that explode from the meeting of wit and shock.

-Ty BurrFull Review

You know exactly where, and the pleasure of Forgetting Sarah Marshall is in how it gets there.

-Jim EmersonFull Review

Forgetting Sarah Marshall finds Apatow back on form, after the recent disappointments of Drillbit Taylor and, to a lesser extent, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.

-Peter HowellFull Review

It does run long, but it mainly rollicks.

-Rick GroenFull Review

Sarah Marshall is familiar, if not fresh. Which is reassuring to those not looking for the new new thing.

-Carrie RickeyFull Review

Like its hero, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a little soft around the middle, but all the more loveable for that.

-Dana StevensFull Review

While it's hardly unforgettable, the latest raunchy rom-com from prolific producer Judd Apatow is a genial timewaster.

-Colin CovertFull Review

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a refreshingly tender treatment of love gone wrong -- we mean, for a movie that's got enough lowdown sexual content to start its own Kinsey Report.

-Desson ThomsonFull Review

[Jason] Segel embraces the destiny of male anatomy in yet another clever creation from the Judd Apatow Alumni Association; this one, too, speaks from the male heart (and other parts) in a language accessible to females.

-Lisa SchwarzbaumFull Review

It's sentimental and shocking, and it has more laughs than any non-Apatow-produced comedy out there. And it's absurdly overlong.

-Roger MooreFull Review

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a hilarious movie, a brilliant deconstruction of the romantic comedy, a film that, assuming you have the appropriate sense of humor, will make you laugh out loud again and again.

-Bill GoodykoontzFull Review


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