Published On: Thu, Jul 16th, 2015

Good News for Judd Apatow: The Critics Love Trainwreck

"Trainwreck finds Judd Apatow putting his directing chops in service of Amy Schumer's deeply felt but cracklingly funny screenplay."


Judd Apatow’s latest film, “Trainwreck, ” has gotten a big hug from the critics. It could also be the breakout movie for its star Amy Schumer.

Unfortunately, it is coming out the same weekend as the new blockbuster Ant Man and the Marvel Comics film is expected to dominate the box office. But Trainwreck should still do all right as an alternative movie.

The movie review site Rotten Tomatoes has given the film, which co-stars Bill Hader, a score of 93%. This movie marks Schumer’s first starring role.

Entertainment Weekly gave the movie a B+ and clearly thinks that it shows that Schumer is a star. “Schumer’s star turn in Trainwreck (which she also wrote) is one of the freshest and filthiest coming-out parties in a while, ” it wrote. Rather than toning down her prickly persona to conform to the studio cookie cutter, she stays true to what makes her laugh. You get the sense that she’s someone who’d rather break than bend.”

The Hollywood Reporter said, “Structurally, this is one romance whose brief period of crisis emerges less from a need to generate false drama than from insight into a woman who has practiced being a bad girl for so long she can’t believe she’d be good for someone. And when that crisis resolves, we’re treated to one of the most surprising and charming dance numbers since Napoleon Dynamite.”

And, “Trainwreck finds Judd Apatow putting his directing chops in service of Amy Schumer’s deeply felt but cracklingly funny screenplay.”

The New york Daily News wrote, “Like previous Apatow productions, this is a movie all about a lovable slob who learns to grow up with the help of a cast of colorful characters. But Schumer raises Apatow’s game beautifully. Her biting, pitch-black wit and his penchant for character-driven comedy go together like gin and tonic.”

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