Review Roundup: Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore Star in BLENDED
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore reunite in the romantic comedy 'Blended', which hits theaters today, May 23rd. The film marks Sandler and Barrymore's third collaboration, and also features Bella Thorne, Emma Fuhrmann, Shaquille O'Neal, and Wendi McLendon-Convey.
Following an awful blind date, single parents Jim and Lauren (played by Sandler and Barrymore respectively) find themselves stuck at a family resort toghether. However, a romance begins to bud as they observe their children benefitting from their relationship.
Let's see what the critics had to say!
A.O. Scott, The New York Times: The tragedy is that Ms. Barrymore, who has brought out the best in Mr. Sandler in their previous collaborations ("The Wedding Singer" and "50 First Dates") is here sacrificed on the altar of his showboating narcissism.
Andrew Barker, Variety: Reuniting Sandler and Barrymore for The First Time in a decade, and the pair with director Frank Coraci for The First Time since "The Wedding Singer," "Blended" suffers from a fundamental lack of trust in its audience, following every unexpectedly smart exchange with a numbskull pratfall or one-liner, and every instance of genuine sincerity with an avalanche of schmaltz.
Jocelyn Noveck, The Huffington Post: The fact is, there are actual sparks of sweetness, actual moments of tenderness, mostly thanks to Barrymore's sunny and grounded presence (one shudders to imagine this movie without her) and the relaxed chemistry between the stars. But the moments don't stay sweet.
Stephanie Merry, The Washington Post: "Blended" has other problems, too, including some faulty editing and a typically predictable finale. But there are some genuinely sweet and funny moments, which are more than enough to exceed expectations.
Mike LaSalle, San Francisco Gate: Badly made and poorly written, "Blended" is a rehash of Adam Sandler's 2011 comedy "Just Go With It," only without Jennifer Aniston and without laughs.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: It hardly helps that the pacing is so stilted, and the editing so poor, that the actors often seem to be shooting the same scene at different times.
Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter: There are cellphones, one or two fleeting acknowledgments of same-sex couples, and other signs of the 21st century in Blended, but in essence the latest Adam Sandler movie is as old-school a family rom-com as Yours, Mine, and Ours (either version).
Inkoo Kang, The Wrap: Barrymore is as luminous as ever, but Sandler hides in his own movie under muumuu-like T-shirts and distracted grimaces. The two screen pros still have barrelfuls of chemistry, but it's difficult to root for love between a sloth and a butterfly.
Roger Moore, Record Online: Gags and one-liners that would be discarded in a better comedy are trotted out and then underlined here.
Bill Wine, KYW News Radio: But despite a few tender parent-child moments, Sandler's latest film never fully recovers from the awkward and unconvincing setup, its narrative momentum coming to a standstill in the late stages.