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Zack and Miri Make a Porno Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

October 30, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 31, 2008
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

September 11, 2008
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

If the deed itself is sweet, leave it to Smith to fudge the foreplay and drag the afterglow.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 26, 2008
James Rocchi
Common Sense Media

Explicit Kevin Smith comedy isn't sexy or funny.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

October 31, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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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 Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 31, 2008
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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 Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 6, 2010
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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It's one thing for a movie to be dirty; it's another thing altogether for it to be plain sloppy.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

November 3, 2008
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A passably conventional rom-com squishfest decked out with Smith's usual pop-culture references.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C+

November 3, 2008
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze

More shocking than funny. Have our standards sunk this low?

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 1/4

November 1, 2008
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

November 14, 2008
Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)

While the jokes are admittedly very funny, they're constantly offset by a tumbling waterfall of schmaltz.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

February 20, 2009
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

A well-meaning, foul-mouthed misfire.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 2/5

February 20, 2009
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

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.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

February 20, 2009
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

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 Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

November 3, 2008
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

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 Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: C

October 30, 2008
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

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.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

January 31, 2009
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

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.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald

February 20, 2009
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C

October 14, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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It's a funny concept whose execution does not live up to its potential.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

October 30, 2008
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
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November 14, 2008
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