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Idiocracy (2006)


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 30
Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: Idiocracy delivers the hilarity and biting satire that could only come from Mike Judge.

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 8
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: Idiocracy delivers the hilarity and biting satire that could only come from Mike Judge.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 62,840




Movie Info

When a man wakes up 1,000 years in the future, he discovers that world is so dumbed down that he's the smartest person on earth.

R (for language and sex-related humor)
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Mike Judge , Etan Cohen
In Theaters:
Jan 9, 2007
Box Office:
20th Century Fox


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Critic Reviews for Idiocracy

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (11) | DVD (23)

If the world is going to hell in any number of handbaskets -- as Judge so acutely demonstrates that it is -- you might as well hitch a ride in his.

Full Review… | May 7, 2009
Washington Post
Top Critic

The movie is bracing for its bile but ultimately more frustrating than funny.

Full Review… | October 3, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Working on a sprawling canvas, Judge fills the screen with visual jokes, throwaway gags, and incisive commentary on the ubiquity of advertising.

Full Review… | September 8, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Judge has a gift for delivering brutal satire in the trappings of low comedy and for making heroes out of ordinary people whose humanity makes them suspect in a world where every inch of space, including mental, is mediated.

Full Review… | September 5, 2006
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It's a low-boil affair from the Office Space auteur that wears out its dumb-and-dumbest playbook early on.

Full Review… | September 5, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Often stingingly funny -- and an undeserving resident of the summer's-end movie dumping ground.

September 5, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

This demented look at destructive mass consumption barely approaches feature length. Still, Mike Judge dots each appealingly cheap scene with spastic sight gags and offers fiendishly hilarious, frighteningly plausible examples of cultural decay.

Full Review… | September 24, 2010

Even if some of the gags about dumb people start becoming tiresome, it's linked to a sensation of discomfort that should make us legitimately worry about the direction we're headed in.

Full Review… | August 18, 2008
Window to the Movies

So-so attempt at revisiting Sleeper. Unfortunately Mike Judge is no Woody Allen, nor is Woody Allen himself nowadays.

Full Review… | November 8, 2007

You have to love a movie that imagines a dystopic future in which the U.S. President is a former wrestler and porn star named Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho.

Full Review… | November 5, 2007
Projection Booth

I look forward to a time when I can safely laugh at Idiocracy, but that time may not come any time soon.

Full Review… | September 24, 2007

It's a movie now, but in ten years it will be a historical documentary...

Full Review… | September 7, 2007
Cinema Crazed

Idiocracy is an unabashedly elitist film that includes fart jokes.

Full Review… | January 24, 2007

An intermittently amusing -- and sometimes lazy -- satire that plays like a so-so episode of Futurama.

Full Review… | January 18, 2007
Lessons of Darkness

Idiocracy's utter lack of promotion is now something of a minor legend, and it remains perplexing given the film's obvious charms.

Full Review… | January 16, 2007
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

A cautionary, sci-fi comedy which envisions a miserable dystopia half a millenia in the future where humanity has degenerated instead of advanced.

Full Review… | January 12, 2007

We may look back at this film in 500 years and realize that Mike Judge was better able to predict the future than Arthur C. Clarke did with 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Full Review… | January 11, 2007
7M Pictures

Forget the fact that you've never heard of this movie. It's one of the funniest movies of 2006.

Full Review… | January 11, 2007

...seems more like 'Selected Scenes from 'Idiocracy'' than it does an actual film. Still, there are some genuine laughs to be had here, and Judge's vision of a future dominated entirely by morons is memorably bizarre.

Full Review… | January 11, 2007
Kalamazoo Gazette

[E]ven more trenchant, more damning, more -- hell, I'll say it -- revolutionary than Office Space.

Full Review… | January 9, 2007
Flick Filosopher

The film stinks.

Full Review… | January 9, 2007
EDGE Boston

By refusing to distance itself from its targets, Mike Judge's brand of satire risks being mistaken for what it's satirizing.

Full Review… | January 8, 2007
Slant Magazine

Trust me, it's a blast!

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

A curiosa premissa rende algumas boas piadas, mas, depois de algum tempo, estas acabam se tornando repetitivas e a narrativa perde o ritmo.

December 30, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Wilson and Rudolph don't seem very convinced that they're in a funny movie, either, so why even bother signing on?

Full Review… | December 30, 2006

Audience Reviews for Idiocracy

Clever concept of an average modern-day man waking up in the future to be the smartest person in a sea of moronic masses. If only most of the movie didn't merely detail the exploits of said morons cuz that got annoying and pointless fast.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Though director Judge was given very little money to make this film and was deterred from getting a proper release from 20th Century Fox, there's plenty to be excited about in this comedic look at pure chaos. Looking at the degeneration of the American populace in the next one thousand years, Judge writes with a flourish, an excess of profanities, and a thoughtful look to the future. Everyman Joe Bauers is of average intelligence and is working in the basement of an army library, trying not to get fired and eventually gain his pension. He is put into a military experiment with a prostitute named Rita, to be frozen for a year, but are lost and forgotten, stuck in slumber for a thousand years. The world has changed into one of gluttony, greed, and unusual uses of speech that mostly use four letter words and grunts. The world is much stupider, and though these are some crazy extremes, they feel familiar and even scary at times. Some of the idiocy that is being poked at for laughs doesn't seem so strange when you look at YouTube comments and E! Many of the things that are wrong with this film stem from the fact that it is very low budgeted and didn't get much financing from its studio. The effects in this film are laughably bad, and even for a low budget film they remain lacking compared to even basic green screen. Many of the backgrounds look so obviously fake and that detaches you from the world. You feel a disconnect with the world, and that remains the basic problem, because Judge is trying to make the viewer see the parallels to modern life, and that doesn't come across if everything seems artificial. Judge has always been one to look at life and see the possibilities for satire, including Beavis and Butt-head and "Office Space". There are so many complexities to the levels of understanding of the future and the way in which it is represented, that this film, for all its dullard sensibilities and lewd language, is as thought provoking as any film about dystopias and the erosion of our societal standards.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Perhaps it is just me, but I didn't find it intelligent, just idiotic.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Heard good things about this, but didn't laugh much. Not one for me I'm afraid.

Dean !

Super Reviewer

Idiocracy Quotes

Woman at Carl's Jr.:
Your kids are starving. Carl's Jr. believes no child should go hungry. You are an unfit mother. Your children will be placed in the custody of Carl's Jr. Carl's Jr., fuck you, I'm eating.
– Submitted by Jason H (20 months ago)
Secretary of Education:
IQ Test: If you have 1 bucket with 2 gallons and 1 bucket with 4 gallons, how many buckets you got?
– Submitted by Andreas R (21 months ago)
You think Einstein walked around thinkin' everyone was a bunch of dumb shits?
Pvt. Joe Bauers:
Yeah... Hadn't thought of that.
Now you know why he built that bomb.
– Submitted by Tomas K (23 months ago)
Pvt. Joe Bauers:
You know, there was a time in this country when smart people were considered cool... well maybe not cool, but they did things like build ships and pyramids and they even went to the moon.
– Submitted by Jason H (2 years ago)
Secretary of Defense:
Because Brawndo's got electrolytes.
– Submitted by Joseph B (2 years ago)
Pvt. Joe Bauers:
Why me? Every time Metsler says, 'Lead, follow, or get out of the way,' I get out of the way.
– Submitted by Joseph B (2 years ago)

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