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Zack and Miri Make a Porno Reviews

Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 18, 2011
Christine Champ
Film.com
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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 Source: Film.com | Original Score: B+

May 6, 2011
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
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
David Denby
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

November 3, 2008
Neely Tucker
Washington Post
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Everyone on screen seems to be having so much fun.

October 31, 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
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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Zack and Miri isn't very funny. Laugh-out-loud bits here are as rare as real breasts in an adult film.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 31, 2008
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 31, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 31, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 31, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 31, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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

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
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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There may not be a special movie rating for this kind of coyness, but it definitely feels like emotional porn.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

October 31, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

October 31, 2008
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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[Rogen's] funny, it works.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

October 31, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 31, 2008
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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

October 31, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Other peoples' emotional intimacy can be downright embarrassing. Here, sadly, it's also boring.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 31, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The adult film reenactments are fairly gross and explicit and, worse, humorless.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

October 31, 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
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 30, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's a pleasant story, but not particularly well-told.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 30, 2008
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Rogen and Banks, both terrific, bring out the sweet and spicy best in each other.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 30, 2008
Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
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It's all vintage Smith -- if you can say that about a 38-year-old -- just pushed a little further.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 30, 2008
Noel Murray
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

October 30, 2008
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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This one's for the Smith cultists.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

October 30, 2008
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
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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There's a warm Boogie Nights-style vibe to the little family of oddballs Zack and Miri recruit to help them.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 30, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Will this movie offend you? Somehow Kevin Smith's very excesses defuse the material.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 30, 2008
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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If this film were about teenagers, it might seem less like an outrageous comedy and more like a mundane slice of life.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

October 30, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 30, 2008
Dana Stevens
Slate
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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.

Full Review Source: Slate

October 30, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

October 29, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Audiences know what to expect from Smith, and he does not disappoint.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

October 29, 2008
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Rogen and Banks make an extremely likable comic pair, even though they're an unlikely romantic match (or perhaps because of it).

Full Review Source: Associated Press

October 29, 2008
Hank Sartin
Time Out New York
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With Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Smith seems eager to retake the fast-talking-filth crown, and also get in on a little of Apatow's racket of throwing in some sentimentality.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

October 29, 2008
Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
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It's hard to imagine this film succeeding on any level without Mr. Rogen and Ms. Banks as the leads.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 29, 2008
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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Nothing about Zack and Miri feels terribly fresh, much less transgressive.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 29, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

October 27, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The funniest movie of Smith's I've seen since Clerks. It's When Harry Did Sally.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 10, 2008
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 8, 2008
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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At 38, Kevin Smith is still making foul-mouthed adolescent comedies, but a bit of adult sweetness and romance now creeps in.

September 8, 2008
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