The Three Stooges Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
August 21, 2012
'The Three Stooges' is exactly the film it wants to be. Was it worth ten years of anyone's life? Probably not. Is it worth 88 minutes of yours? Absolutely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
April 23, 2012
The movie is so infantile that it achieves a special kind of purity and gentleness.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 17, 2012
The metafriction between these classic dupes and today's idiots chafes uneasily.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 16, 2012
The leads acquit themselves in the physical comedy, resurrecting shtick honed on a thousand-and-one vaudeville stages, and recreated in as many playgrounds.
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
April 13, 2012
Any reasonable objections to the Farrellys' Three Stooges will not be on the grounds that it desecrates a revered comedy franchise, but on the grounds that it's not very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 13, 2012
If this is a tribute, it's a crass and clumsy one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 13, 2012
For the Farrellys, The Three Stooges is a labor of love. For non-believers, it's merely a labor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
April 13, 2012
Even by Stooges standards, it's overly juvenile and totally dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 13, 2012
You would think that after a quarter-century in development at four different studios, somebody would have figured out how to make a funny movie about the Three Stooges.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
April 13, 2012
The Three Stooges weighs in at about 15 howlers over 90 minutes. Not bad, about the same ratio of hilarity to hokey as the Stooges' old shorts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 13, 2012
The Three Stooges is moronic, stupid, idiotic entertainment for knuckleheads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 12, 2012
It's an enchantingly well-done tribute that revives, and even refreshes, our affection for the Stooges, yet at its core it lacks the completely and totally unhinged shock of the new.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2012
There is an appealing nyuk, nyuk nostalgic spirit to"The Three Stooges."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 12, 2012
Pop culture references intermingle with the loopy trio's iconic foolishness, and the result is a movie with some big laughs, plenty of heart and terrible coifs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
April 12, 2012
Get ready for something more shocking than a poke in the eye: The Three Stooges is genuinely funny, a no-holds-barred, smart-stupid comedy that (at the screening I attended, anyway) will win over Stooge-philes and non-believers alike.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 12, 2012
It pleases me to report that the movie is far from a disaster - on a dozen or so occasions, it's even funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 12, 2012
There is hardly a smidgeon of comic invention here.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 12, 2012
Peter and Bobby Farrelly's thoroughly enjoyable paean to Moe, Larry and Curly and the art of the eye poke.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 12, 2012
It's a concept that shouldn't work at all. But - who'da thunk it? - it's better than a hammer to the head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 12, 2012
I spent a lot of "The Three Stooges" staring, not laughing. For me this was a stare-out-loud affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 12, 2012
The purpose of the entire enterprise seems to demonstrate the superiority of slapstick sadism from 75 years ago to the wan attempts at PG-rated roughhouse today.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
April 12, 2012
[A] funny, good-hearted resuscitation of Hollywood's beloved lowbrow lunkheads.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 12, 2012
The movie is content to simply mimic the old Stooges, bringing nothing new to the table.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
April 12, 2012
Leave it to a sibling comedy duo to recognize the potential for brotherly love amid the Three Stooges' slap-happy antics, adding a welcome heartwarming dynamic to the gang's signature eye-poking, head-knocking routine.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 12, 2012
A little nyuk-nyuk-nyuk goes a long way in "The Three Stooges," Peter and Bobby Farrelly's feature-length homage to the classic slapstick comedy trio.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
April 12, 2012
...while a good part of the picture reached my submerged Stooges person and made him laugh, too much of it just didn't connect at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 12, 2012
One of the Farrellys' better films and a movie in which excess -- the hallmark of everyone involved -- is decidedly a virtue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
April 12, 2012
They're mere imitations. There's nothing beneath the surface similarities and programmed franticness.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
April 12, 2012
The Three Stooges isn't very funny, but it is, like last year's far superior The Muppets, a sincere act of fandom on an epic scale.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 12, 2012
I didn't laugh much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4