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Playing loose versions of themselves, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reprise their hilariously fictionalized roles from Tristam Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story and reunite with acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom for an acerbically witty, largely improvised ride through the English countryside. Tapped by The Observer to review fine restaurants throughout the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, Steve finds himself without a traveling companion after his girlfriend decides not to go at the last minute. After being turned down by everyone else he knows, Steve extends an invitation to Rob, and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Trip is not about food; it's about friendship, one that will give you plenty to laugh - and think - about."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"The pinch of pathos in this tart comedy makes the "The Trip" a transportive experience."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A couple of hams served up with just the right blend of vinegar and spice to tantalize even the most discriminating palate."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Bleakly rolling moors and stiff-chinned restaurants bring a chilly tone to this austere, investigative, self-reflexive, and yet somehow rollicking comedy..."
‑ Chris Barsanti, PopMatters
"A funny and intelligent buddy movie about two men with similar talents but different personalities, traipsing across fog-shrouded northern England on a wild-goose chase."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The Trip is a comedy about two guys going to fancy restaurants in the English countryside. Sounds hilarious, huh? Well, it actually is."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Think The Odd Couple with sartorial style and more bickering. Add hints of truisms about middle age, sex, family, mortality and the limits of friendship and The Trip reveals itself to be more than it initially appears."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Part road-movie, part restaurant-review, 100% hilarious."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"Not big on plot or story so there are slow patches, but the interaction of Brydon and Coogan makes this more worthwhile, if less informative, than any number of food-travel shows."
‑ Matt Neal, The Standard
"Has some funny moments when the boys engage in one-upmanship and serve up their droll Brit humor."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Much more than an appetizer, if not quite a main course, it definitely goes down a treat."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"The joy of this small, unimportant contest is weirdly addictive; you come out of the film as if from a concert, playing the music of false voices in your head."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Droll, improvising, overlong but awfully funny."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"I expected 'The Trip' to be funny, but I didn't expect it to be one of the year's most beautiful films, thanks to cinematographer Ben Smithard's stunning landscape shots -- it's like the 'Days of Heaven' of Brit impressionist movies"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"There is no earthly reason why Michael Winterbottom's The Trip should work, and several reasons why it shouldn't. Remarkably, it does work."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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