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Idiocracy (2006)

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73

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

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

57

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 3

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

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Mike Judge wrote and directed this offbeat sci-fi comedy which gives a new meaning to the expression "people are getting dumber all the time." In 2005, Pvt. Joe Bowers (Luke Wilson) is a soldier chosen to take part in a secret military scientific experiment in which he will be put into induced hibernation for one year, along with a woman named Rita (Maya Rudolph). Bowers is chosen for the assignment because he is statistically the most average man in the Army, while Rita is a hooker ordered to

Jan 9, 2007

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (7) | 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.

May 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The movie is bracing for its bile but ultimately more frustrating than funny.

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (4)
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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.

September 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It's a low-boil affair from the Office Space auteur that wears out its dumb-and-dumbest playbook early on.

September 5, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Often stingingly funny -- and an undeserving resident of the summer's-end movie dumping ground.

September 5, 2006
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Ow! My brain!

September 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (3)
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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.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

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.

August 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

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

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Comment (1)
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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.

November 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

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

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

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

September 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (2)
Cinema Crazed

Idiocracy is an unabashedly elitist film that includes fart jokes.

January 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical | Comments (2)
Cinematical

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

January 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Comment (1)
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.

January 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

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.

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Comments (6)
7M Pictures

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

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com

...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.

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

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

January 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Comments (2)
Flick Filosopher

The film stinks.

January 9, 2007 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston | Comments (17)
EDGE Boston

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

January 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comments (2)
Slant Magazine

Trust me, it's a blast!

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Comments (2)
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?

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
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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.
November 13, 2013
aliceinpunderland

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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.
July 8, 2013
FrizzDrop

Super Reviewer

Perhaps it is just me, but I didn't find it intelligent, just idiotic.
May 7, 2013
Redlats

Super Reviewer

Heard good things about this, but didn't laugh much. Not one for me I'm afraid.
January 18, 2013
Deano78

Super Reviewer

    1. 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 (14 months ago)
    1. 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 (15 months ago)
    1. Rita: You think Einstein walked around thinkin' everyone was a bunch of dumb shits?
    2. Pvt. Joe Bauers: Yeah... Hadn't thought of that.
    3. Rita: Now you know why he built that bomb.
    – Submitted by Tomas K (17 months ago)
    1. 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 (21 months ago)
    1. Secretary of Defense: Because Brawndo's got electrolytes.
    – Submitted by Joseph B (23 months ago)
    1. 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 (23 months ago)
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