"Hit and Run": Critics weigh in

This film image released by Open Road Films shows, Kristen Bell, left, and Dax Shepard in a scene from "Hit and Run." (AP Photo/Open Road Films, Jeffrey Reed)
Jeffrey Reed
Kristen Bell, left, and Dax Shepard in a scene from "Hit and Run."
AP Photo/Open Road Films/Jeffrey Reed

(CBS News) "Hit and Run," the new comedy starring real-life husband-and-wife couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, opened in theaters Wednesday and now critics have weighed in.

The film, which was written by Shepard, is about a young couple (Shepard and Bell) who leave their small town life and embark on a road trip. En route, they encounter various characters including a friend from the past (Bradley Cooper), a federal marshal (Tom Arnold) and more.

The film has received mostly negative reviews, but some critics do acknowledge that it has its funny moments. "Hit and Run" received a 45 percent on aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.

See what the critics had to say below:

Stephanie Merry of the Washington Post :" 'Hit and Run' might be a middling romantic comedy, if it weren't for those pesky chase scenes. Or it could be a decent action movie, if only the engine-revving weren't derailed by the intermittent saccharine schmoopiness. Instead, it feels like writer, co-director and star Dax Shepard has unleashed some kind of freakish Franken-film on movie-goers."

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone: "This slapstick road movie feels tossed off by people on a raunchy bender. I mean that as a good thing. The trouble with Hit & Run is that it can't sustain its trippy effervescence. The business of getting the plot from A to B, or maybe even to C if we're being generous, keeps getting in the way."

Stephanie Zacharek of NPR: "The key to the picture isn't so much the what as the how: Instead of handing over every joke right on the beat, Hit and Run lures you in with its jackalope rhythms. There's nothing else like it on the current landscape."

Stephen Holden of the New York Times: "It is just another prank in a comedy that feels as if it were dreamed up in the wee hours between bong hits and shots of tequila."