Zack and Miri Make a Porno Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 30, 2008
It's a slow-footed film that confirms that Smith may never be able to lift his game to that 40 Year Old Virgin level of heart and romance. He's just too juvenile to pull it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 31, 2008
Seth Rogen is totally out of control. He's been marvelously funny in the past, and will be again, but get that party animal back in his cage.
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
September 11, 2008
There's more yakking than screwing, and the result is flaccid and formulaic enough to remind you how mundane porn flicks are when physical stimulation gets taken out of the equation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
October 26, 2008
If the deed itself is sweet, leave it to Smith to fudge the foreplay and drag the afterglow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Rocchi
Common Sense Media
October 31, 2008
Explicit Kevin Smith comedy isn't sexy or funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 31, 2008
Despite all the waggish raunch-talk, it's just not especially funny. And despite all the agile intercourse (originally rated NC-17), it's frankly kind of a bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
Kevin Smith has placed a black mark on an otherwise solid filmography by selling himself short in a bid to shock new viewers and win back old ones with Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
November 3, 2008
It's one thing for a movie to be dirty; it's another thing altogether for it to be plain sloppy.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
November 3, 2008
A passably conventional rom-com squishfest decked out with Smith's usual pop-culture references.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
November 1, 2008
More shocking than funny. Have our standards sunk this low?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
November 14, 2008
Smith may have pioneered this kind of upfront sex chat, but the Apatow team refined it. 'Zack and Miri' feels uncomfortably like a gruesome game of filth-talk oneupmanship, and it's hard to care who comes out on top.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)
February 20, 2009
While the jokes are admittedly very funny, they're constantly offset by a tumbling waterfall of schmaltz.
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
February 20, 2009
A well-meaning, foul-mouthed misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
February 20, 2009
This explicit gross-out comedy is so scared of being too naughty, it seeks refuge in a very 'nice' love story. The result isn't funny or edgy.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
November 3, 2008
The movie has all of the ingredients to be a great comedy, but Smith seems to be stuck and can't break free of his amateurish style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
October 30, 2008
Miri is vacuous effort that never soars as high as the plot promises, and soon gives way to rushing flood waters of formula that Smith has always been more than ready to slap around before.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
January 31, 2009
Two porn stars and true romance on their, well, first date on camera, and a stud geek worried about man boobs. Kevin and Seth make a porno that may be too hardcore for the sexually squeamish and too mushy for porniacs.
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
February 20, 2009
There remain some scatological touches I am still trying to forget. It's all done with great glee, yet falls far short of being hilarious.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 14, 2008
Kevin Smith hasn't matured enough to actually make a good comedy, but he has accrued enough casting wisdom to elevate his latest homegrown material with the effervescent Seth Rogan and Elizabeth Banks.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 30, 2008
It's a funny concept whose execution does not live up to its potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012

Irish Times
November 14, 2008
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