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Trainwreck (2015)

Country: Japan, USA

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Taglines: All aboard

Director: Judd Apatow

Writers: Amy Schumer

Stars: Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton, Amy Schumer, Ezra Miller, ...

Despite having a love/hate relationship with her scoundrel of a father Gordon Townsend, the one thing Amy Townsend has grown up believing from him is that monogamy isn't realistic, he and Amy's mom who broke up due to infidelity when Amy was young. As such, she gets drunk and stoned frequently in her pursuit of indiscriminate sex, with an unstated rule that there is no sleeping over once the sex is over. Her current "boyfriend", Steven, believes they are exclusive, not knowing that she sleeps with other men. Working at sensationalistic magazine S'nuff under head sensationalist Dianna, Amy is in line for a promotion, she certain to get it if her next story meets Dianna's scrutiny. That story is a profile of sports doctor to the stars, Dr. Aaron Conners, it despite Amy knowing nothing about sports. To Amy's amazement, Aaron wants to date her following their first sexual encounter, his sexual history in terms of quantity which is in extreme contrast to her own. Also to her amazement, she...

100 | 2015-07-15 | Sara Stewart

It’s very funny and sweet and even a little weepy, and it has maybe the best scene ever filmed of dirty talk gone wrong. In other words, it’s a Schumer/Apatow production — may there be more of them to come.
Read More: New York Post

100 | 2015-03-16 | Drew McWeeny

Trainwreck is more than funny. It's also wise, and that hard-won wisdom makes this a can't-miss for anyone who feels bruised by love, but never beaten.
Read More: Hitfix

91 | 2015-03-16 | Charlie Schmidlin

A protagonist of stunted emotional growth is simply assumed from Apatow at this stage, but Schumer’s perspective and voice translates to a wealth of gags that breathe new life into the idea.
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90 | 2015-07-16 | Manohla Dargis

What’s energizing and exciting about Amy, especially when compared with the sexless cuties populating rom-coms, in which female pleasure is often expressed through shopping, is that her erotic appetites aren’t problems that she needs to narratively solve and vanquish.
Read More: The New York Times

88 | 2015-07-17 | Steven Rea

Trainwreck is anything but.
Read More: Philadelphia Inquirer

88 | 2015-07-16 | James Berardinelli

As written by the brash, funny, and often vulgar comedienne Amy Schumer, Trainwreck is brash, funny, and often vulgar. Its raunchiness is a perfect match for the man who made "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up."
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88 | 2015-07-16 | Joe Williams

Amy Schumer is so scary-good in Trainwreck that it almost seems risky to speak her name.
Read More: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

88 | 2015-07-16 | Peter Travers

Sweet is not how Schumer wants Trainwreck to go down. She wants to explode rom-com clichés and replace them with something fierce and ready to rumble. Done.
Read More: Rolling Stone

88 | 2015-07-15 | Michael Phillips

Trainwreck is all kinds of funny, and like any talent showcase worth its salt, the tone of the humor adjusts to suit the talents on screen.
Read More: Chicago Tribune

88 | 2015-07-15 | Richard Roeper

Trainwreck is my favorite romantic comedy of the year, and despite (or maybe because of) all its sharp edges and cynical set pieces, it’s a movie you want to wrap your arms around, or at least give a high five.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

83 | 2015-07-15 | Jesse Hassenger

Unlike many comic vehicles and just as many big-city romances, it’s a real, and ultimately rewarding, piece of work. A big-studio romantic comedy infused with actual human feeling is just as rare an accomplishment as the perfect comedy sketch.
Read More: The A.V. Club

83 | 2015-07-15 | Chris Nashawaty

Beneath all of his bad-boy shtick, Apatow’s always been a pretty conventional moralist. But Schumer gives their raunchy rom-com enough of her signature spikiness to prevent it from ever feeling predictable.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

82 | 2015-07-16 | Alonso Duralde

While her debut as a screenwriter and leading lady doesn’t quite reach the outrageous heights of her TV work, Trainwreck remains hilarious and provocative, heralding what we can only hope will be a pot-stirring new voice on the big screen.
Read More: TheWrap

80 | 2015-08-10 | Ian Nathan

At times it feels as if five different films are going on at once, but Schumer’s whip-smart delivery and no-holds perkiness keeps it all in place. Just as her director wilfully mines his own life for laughs, there is a whole lot of Amy in Amy.
Read More: Empire

80 | 2015-08-10 | Cath Clarke

You forget how limited so many movies’ ideas of women are until Amy Schumer launches into an extended tampon joke: nothing is off-limits as she kapows through expectations of female characters.
Read More: Time Out London

80 | 2015-07-21 | Cath Clarke

Trainwreck, about a commitment-phobic NYC writer, is the funniest film of the summer — outrageous and out to make you think.
Read More: Time Out New York

80 | 2015-07-16 | Rebecca Keegan

Apatow, working in his signature tone of sweet raunch, directs another writer's script for the first time, and the comedic marriage is a fruitful one.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

80 | 2015-07-16 | David Edelstein

If you’re an Amy Schumer, you’ll be ecstatic to see her strut her stuff on the big screen in the mostly (about four-fifths) delightful sex comedy Trainwreck — and maybe a tad disappointed when the playbook turns out not to be entirely hers.
Read More: New York Magazine (Vulture)

80 | 2015-07-16 | Bill Goodykoontz

What's nice is how smart the film is. Schumer gives a nod to plenty of other romantic comedies, not to make fun of them but to honor them. Being funny is hard work and she has put in the hours of toil.
Read More: Arizona Republic

80 | 2015-07-16 | Dana Stevens

The rocky but loving relationships Amy has with her father and sister are every bit as important to the story as the connection she shares with her (would-be) boyfriend, and all three parts of her life affect and change one another, just like in—imagine that!—real life.
Read More: Slate

80 | 2015-07-15 | Jacob Hall

Trainwreck is rarely as laugh-out-loud funny as early Apatow or “Inside Amy Schumer,” but it is consistently amusing and constantly engaging.
Read More: New York Daily News

80 | 2015-07-13 | Anthony Lane

Is it robust and plain-speaking, proud of its comic swagger, or is there something tight-mouthed in its imperative, with a hint of “or else” hanging off the end? Either way, the life of Amy is dished up for our inspection.
Read More: The New Yorker

80 | 2015-07-13 | Mike Scott

With each new scene, Schumer manages to offer wonderful little surprises. It wasn't long before I found myself excited at the beginning of each new sequence in Trainwreck, just to see how Schumer would make me laugh next.
Read More: New Orleans Times-Picayune

80 | 2015-07-09 | Tim Grierson

Before it starts to lose steam in its third act, Trainwreck is a deft blend of laughs, romance and poignancy — not to mention one of Apatow’s most polished, mature works.
Read More: Screen International

80 | 2015-03-16 | John DeFore

Cutting through many of the easy signifiers found in bad-behavior comedies to get at what it actually feels like to be an intimacy-phobic mess, Trainwreck finds Judd Apatow putting his directing chops in service of Amy Schumer's deeply felt but cracklingly funny screenplay.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

80 | 2015-03-16 | Scott Foundas

A somewhat shaggy, frequently hilarious romantic comedy that, like much of Apatow’s best work, delicately balances irreverent raunch with candid insights into the give-and-take of grown-up relationships.
Read More: Variety

75 | 2015-07-17 | Christy Lemire

As Aaron’s star patient and best friend, LeBron James is kind of wonderful playing a version of himself who’s sensitive, analytical and strangely stingy. It’s an inspired casting choice.
Read More: RogerEbert.com

75 | 2015-07-16 | Ann Hornaday

Amy Schumer proves her cinematic bona fides in Trainwreck, a strikingly assured feature film debut in which she proves herself as authentic an actress as she is deft as a writer.
Read More: Washington Post

75 | 2015-07-16 | Ty Burr

A very entertaining romantic comedy, conventional on the surface while standing all sorts of genre clichés and gender assumptions discreetly on their heads. Its subversions are lower-case, embedded in the laughs, but they’re there and they matter.
Read More: Boston Globe

75 | 2015-07-16 | Steve Persall

Appropriately, the best jokes in Trainwreck are unprintable, or too winding to describe. Schumer's sexual vocabulary and observational skills get a workout, surrounded by an occasionally surprising cast of foils.
Read More: Tampa Bay Times

75 | 2015-07-16 | Marc Mohan

Trainwreck doesn't try to reinvent the wheel so much as rotate the tires of comedy.
Read More: Portland Oregonian

75 | 2015-07-16 | Brian Truitt

There's a lot thrown in here for two hours, and Apatow could easily have lost about 30 minutes of high jinks and gotten the point across that everybody has their somebody. Yet with Schumer driving the action, Trainwreck may be his most impactful ride yet.
Read More: USA Today

75 | 2015-07-15 | Roger Moore

[Schumer’s] made this woman real, flawed, funny and carnal.
Read More: Movie Nation

70 | 2015-07-13 | Lisa Schwarzbaum

In the way of most Apatow films, Trainwreck is a little too long, a little too shaggy and a little too conservative in insisting that all’s square in love and war.
Read More: Time

67 | 2015-07-15 | Kimberley Jones

Trainwreck can be furiously funny. It just goes down too easy. It’s scared of its own sharp edges. The sly raging against the machine of Inside Amy Schumer has gone missing. Here, the rage, curiously, is turned inward.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

60 | 2015-08-13 | Jamie Neish

Schumer is a gifted comedienne and shines brightly when left to run riot, make former wrestlers cry and stick up for modern-day women (for most of the time). It's just a shame it doesn't stick to its guns as it could have really been something.
Read More: CineVue

60 | 2015-08-10 | Matt Maytum

Amy Schumer is a force to be reckoned with – but despite some belly laughs Trainwreck doesn’t quite transcend the romcom formula like the best of the genre.
Read More: Total Film

60 | 2015-07-16 | Joe Morgenstern

Amy the writer has tried to reconcile her gift for whip-smart, razor-sharp comedy sketches with the demands of a feature film. On the whole she hasn’t pulled it off — the movie veers sharply off track toward the end. Still, the sum of its most memorable parts is great fun.
Read More: Wall Street Journal

60 | 2015-07-14 | Stephanie Zacharek

Schumer, writing and performing a character close to the one she’s been presenting to the public, may never be this funny again, but funny she is.
Read More: Village Voice

60 | 2015-07-09 | Tim Robey

A lot of the subplots and surroundings, which push the running time to an ungainly two-hours-plus, feel more like ways of stalling for time.
Read More: The Telegraph

60 | 2015-07-09 | Benjamin Lee

While there are things to quibble with, there is also so much to like, and Trainwreck is still an important film. The romantic comedy, which it ultimately becomes, has been a dying genre of late, and Schumer’s effort, while flawed, is a reminder of what can make the genre so likable
Read More: The Guardian

58 | 2015-07-17 | Peter Rainer

The overlong Trainwreck would have been better if it had derailed more often.
Read More: Christian Science Monitor

50 | 2015-07-16 | Andrew O'Hehir

Trainwreck is not very good, but Schumer is frequently amazing in it. Officially, her fans will not be disappointed; not far below the surface, it’s a bummer.
Read More: Salon.com

50 | 2015-07-16 | Mick LaSalle

Romantic comedies can go in all sorts of directions, but they depend on the audience’s believing that a couple should get together and stay together. But in Trainwreck, that belief is hard to come by.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

38 | 2015-07-16 | Eric Henderson

The script doesn't revel in Amy's quite harmless flaws, or at least examine them in the spirit of benevolence.
Read More: Slant Magazine