Zack and Miri Make a Porno Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Christine Champ
Film.com
May 6, 2011
All in all it's a modern-day, Kevin Smith fairytale: a big-screen bearing, perhaps, of his soul at its sincerest and wittiest, if not filthiest.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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
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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.
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David Denby
New Yorker
November 3, 2008
Kevin Smith turns out to be reverent after all: he wants to separate true love from mere copulating for money, but his story mixes romance and porn so inextricably that he seems confused, and the movie trips over its own conceits.
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Neely Tucker
Washington Post
October 31, 2008
Everyone on screen seems to be having so much fun.
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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.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
October 31, 2008
Zack and Miri isn't very funny. Laugh-out-loud bits here are as rare as real breasts in an adult film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 31, 2008
The audience where I watched the movie laughed so hard that we all probably missed a third of the lines, and it was still one of the funnier movies I've seen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 31, 2008
The jokes are forced, almost mechanical, in their crudeness. They're so carefully placed that they feel a little precious rather than spontaneous, which ends up defying that impulsive, animal thing inside us.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 31, 2008
The mood lurches around a bit, and the film itself feels a bit diluted -- as if Kevin Smith were doing Judd Apatow doing Kevin Smith. And Smith, and his fans, are far too original to settle for that for long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 31, 2008
Without the wit, raunchiness tends to feel uncomfortably forced. And the moments when Z&M works are, almost without exception, the ones that are more sweet than shocking. All the rest, frankly, feel like Apatow Lite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 31, 2008
Zack and Miri Make a Porno is crude and raunchy, but it's also a great date movie. See it with someone you love -- and want to grope.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 31, 2008
There may not be a special movie rating for this kind of coyness, but it definitely feels like emotional porn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 31, 2008
There are laughs. Big, loud laughs. Laughs of self-recognition, laughs at social duplicity, laughs at prejudices of all types. Lots of laughs about the most basic of human functions. And many, many laughs at our own inhibitions.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
October 31, 2008
[Rogen's] funny, it works.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 31, 2008
While I wouldn't call the role of cheery, foul-mouthed Miri nuanced, Banks and Rogen click in a way that Rogen and Katherine Heigl in Knocked Up did not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 31, 2008
Zack and Miri Make a Porno, in spite of its lewdness, follows a gee-whiz romantic-comedy formula that would not be out of place on the Disney Channel.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 31, 2008
Other peoples' emotional intimacy can be downright embarrassing. Here, sadly, it's also boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 31, 2008
The adult film reenactments are fairly gross and explicit and, worse, humorless.
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
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 30, 2008
At 38, the grand old man of raunch talk has figured out how to make a movie that's sweet, funny and (a little) sexy.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 30, 2008
It's a pleasant story, but not particularly well-told.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 30, 2008
Rogen and Banks, both terrific, bring out the sweet and spicy best in each other.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
October 30, 2008
It's all vintage Smith -- if you can say that about a 38-year-old -- just pushed a little further.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 30, 2008
Smith ties the love story to the idea that his leads pull out of their life slump by embracing their creative, industrious sides.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 30, 2008
This one's for the Smith cultists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 30, 2008
There's a warm Boogie Nights-style vibe to the little family of oddballs Zack and Miri recruit to help them.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 30, 2008
Will this movie offend you? Somehow Kevin Smith's very excesses defuse the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
October 30, 2008
If this film were about teenagers, it might seem less like an outrageous comedy and more like a mundane slice of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 30, 2008
Zack and Miri ends up as an interesting hybrid: a sweet, feel-good comedy that makes you feel like you need a shower after you've watched it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 30, 2008
That combination of raunch and heart isn't impossible to achieve -- at his best, Apatow can pull it off -- but it requires a nimbler pen and a sweeter soul than Kevin Smith brings to this movie.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 29, 2008
Of course, what Zack and Miri actually make -- and what Rogen and Banks power their way through with a cherubic energy above and beyond the call of duty for a premise so inconsequential and puerile -- is another Kevin Smith comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 29, 2008
Audiences know what to expect from Smith, and he does not disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 29, 2008
Rogen and Banks make an extremely likable comic pair, even though they're an unlikely romantic match (or perhaps because of it).
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Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
October 29, 2008
It's hard to imagine this film succeeding on any level without Mr. Rogen and Ms. Banks as the leads.
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
October 29, 2008
Nothing about Zack and Miri feels terribly fresh, much less transgressive.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 27, 2008
It's written and directed by Kevin Smith -- and hats off to him for being savvy enough to go for a piece of the Apatow action! Too bad he doesn't rise to the occasion.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 10, 2008
The funniest movie of Smith's I've seen since Clerks. It's When Harry Did Sally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 8, 2008
The bluntly titled Zack and Miri Make a Porno is a cheerfully vulgar love story or a sweet-hearted sex farce, however you want to look at it.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 8, 2008
At 38, Kevin Smith is still making foul-mouthed adolescent comedies, but a bit of adult sweetness and romance now creeps in.