Fanboys Reviews

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
January 22, 2013
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Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 22, 2013
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
April 3, 2009
Buoyed by infectious high spirits and self-deprecating humour, the film works in strange and perhaps unintentional ways, thanks largely to the sustained energy of the lead actors, and writers Ernest Cline and Adam F. Goldberg.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 2, 2009
Turns out there is something more annoying than an infatuated bunch of Star Wars nerds. Turns out a movie about an infatuated bunch of Star Wars nerds can really set your teeth on edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
March 2, 2009
It was a great premise, it just unfortunately did not come together.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
March 2, 2009
A lot of promise here, no execution.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 27, 2009
Any film that turns R2-D2 into a lusty anatomical nickname can't be all bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 20, 2009
Fanboys is pretty much for fanboys.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 19, 2009
Genial and potty-mouthed and dumb and sweet -- a rudely engaging road comedy with more inside Star Wars baseball than a convention hall full of Imperial Grand Moffs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 18, 2009
A few laughs here and there and a couple of moments of emotionally stunted sweetness add up to a Fanboys that only a fanboy would love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 9, 2009
Fanboys doesn't delve into the mania of fandom, it exploits it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
February 7, 2009
This is not the film you're looking for.
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February 6, 2009
You'd think the weakest link in Fanboys would be that it's all in-jokes, but they're actually not so 'in' that a casual fan won't get them.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 6, 2009
Though it does feature a few inspired comic moments, there is a surplus of tired, overused gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
February 6, 2009
Uninspired and only faintly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 6, 2009
Unfortunately, the filmmakers forget that the most important part of an in-joke is the joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 6, 2009
At this point, Lucas is in no position to be picky about his remaining fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
February 6, 2009
It's not nearly nerdy enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
February 6, 2009
Even geeks enjoy poking fun at geeks. And they really know how.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
February 6, 2009
The plot device of young men who refuse to mature has never felt more exhausted, maybe because these actors or ones who look like them have already done this shtick in other movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 5, 2009
For its amusing premise, Fanboys is scarily flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
February 5, 2009
While it may score some points as an extended in-joke, the mix of juvenile comedy and insider asides is arcane, snobby and just not very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
February 5, 2009
It's hard to imagine any sort of alchemy transforming the script's parade of Star Wars references and tired nostalgic '90s signifiers into gold, or -- this many years after Jar Jar Binks -- make their passion seem anything but sadly misplaced.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 5, 2009
Much as Robert Zemeckis toyed with Beatlemania in I Wanna Hold Your Hand a generation ago, the wobbly new comedy Fanboys, set in 1998, salutes Yoda worship and the fine line between ardor and breaking and entering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 5, 2009
A rote comedy that tries to pay tribute to this much-maligned subculture, but instead resorts to lazy stereotypes and comedy conventions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 5, 2009
Fanboys is an amiable but disjointed movie that identifies too closely with its heroes. Poking a little more fun at them would have been a great idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 4, 2009
While Fanboys has moments of success, it is mostly a middling road picture that doesn't do a lot more than any average, forgettable entry into the tired genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 4, 2009
Real-life fanboys know that the release of this mildly cute, mildly drooly, majorly too late spoof/homage has been delayed for more than two years.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
February 3, 2009
You're better off watching The Star Wars Holiday Special on YouTube. At least Bea Arthur sings.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
July 28, 2008
Above all else, Fanboys remains an enthusiastic attempt to pay tribute to the film that sparked countless fans' love for the movies.