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Tammy, in the end, feels like a pulled punch. McCarthy promises a haymaker she never quite delivers.
Basically a drama-in-disguise. Unfortunately, it’s a formulaic and extremely uneven one, albeit with a number of sympathetic performances.
Falcone’s attempts to spin this flat, formulaic comedy into an affecting character drama are frustrated by filmmaking choices that work against a sense of persuasive reality.
Falcone’s film is an unsteady mix of broad comedy and indie heart, asking us first to roar at Tammy’s ignorance and outrageousness and then to be moved at this lovable misfit muddling toward love, maturity, and a better life.
New York Daily News
The fact that it stars the extremely funny Melissa McCarthy is both its saving grace and incredibly frustrating.
Tammy is a mess, and it feels like a real misstep for this rising star.
The Hollywood Reporter
It’s a waste of a good cast as well as a serious trip-wire for McCarthy, who may know what’s best for her talents but, on the evidence, needs a deft-handed outsider to make sure she’s maximizing them.
[McCarthy] and her husband Falcone (who also directed) have created a character comedy that's missing both comedy and character.
Tammy is a boring, unfunny road movie that limps along idly, consisting of a string of nonsensical set pieces and halfhearted stabs at character development that come across as off-putting and odd.
San Francisco Chronicle
As a first-time director, Falcone has trouble maintaining a specific tone - the movie wobbles back and forth between sentimentality and silliness, sometimes even within the same scene.
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