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Joe Dirt (2001)



Average Rating: 3/10
Reviews Counted: 75
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 67

If you fall within the target audience of Joe Dirt, you may find it funny. Otherwise, the jokes will seem like a tired retread.


Average Rating: 2.7/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 23

If you fall within the target audience of Joe Dirt, you may find it funny. Otherwise, the jokes will seem like a tired retread.



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As the title character of Joe Dirt, David Spade plays a "white trash" janitor at an L.A. radio station, whose mullet hairdo is just one of many personal oddities that make him the object of much ridicule. And the sanitation gig is just the most recent of Joe's many incarnations during a tumultuous life, which got off on the wrong foot when Joe was abandoned at the Grand Canyon by his parents as a young child. After stumbling into the on-air studio, Joe steadily recounts the sad and comical story



David Spade, Fred Wolf

Aug 28, 2001


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All Critics (83) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (67) | DVD (16)

Contrived yet unpretentious, predictable yet surprising, this underdog comedy and its title character have considerable charm.

February 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A comic named David Spade stars in a movie called Joe Dirt, and that's about as funny as things get here.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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In one scene, raw sewage is dumped on Joe. See Joe Dirt and you'll know how that feels.

April 18, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Were nature to take the course they both seem to want, the movie could end in 15 minutes. And it would still be too long.

April 13, 2001 Full Review Source: USA Today
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To see it is to sit through scene after scene like the one in which a hulking oil rigger spattered with crude takes a leak on some smoldering ashes for no reason at all.

April 13, 2001
Mr. Showbiz
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[Miller's] reduced to the guy in the backseat spouting off obscure nerdisms when everyone else just wants to talk dirty and get stupid.

April 13, 2001
Detroit Free Press
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...none of it is funny.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (3)
Reel Film Reviews

Nothing written here will stop this film from being a huge hit, but don't say you weren't warned.

May 14, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Sally forth, gentle viewer, and enjoy yourself. En route, you will experience a steady supply of doo-doo jokes, dispensed in seven-minute intervals by the Script-O-Tron 3000TM.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

With its quirky characters, silly sight gags, and the tasteless humor that has become a staple among teen comedies of late, this film will not fail to amuse its market.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

The juvenile humor, however, is not so much a miscalculation as simple overkill.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Joe is often ridiculous and rather dumb, but there's a sweetness to him.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

like watching a talentless stand-up struggling through Open Mike Night, inspiring catcalls instead of laughs and bringing on lethargy instead of levity.

June 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

It's not likely to be remembered come Oscar time...but if you find yourself laughing at your own flatulence from time to time, you might find some solid giggles.

November 15, 2001 Full Review Source:

While Spade did succeed in winning my sympathy, it wasn't worth sitting through all those bad jokes and weak comedy sketches to get to that point.

July 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Check the pedigree of this film first and you may want to proceed no further.

May 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

"not a great movie by any means, (but) an amusing way to pass the time."

May 4, 2001
Matt's Movie Reviews

There's no mistaking that you'll get anything other than entertainment of the lowest brow.

May 3, 2001 Full Review Source:

It seems to be a movie made by people using controlled substances for audiences also under the influence. It cannot be enjoyed any other way.

April 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

To shield us from the negative side effects of class mockery, Joe Dirt erects a clumsy edifice of denial and avoidance that entirely dissipates the movie's comedic energy.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: PopMatters

[A] pathetic attempt at moviemaking.

April 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Blunt Review
Blunt Review

When Kid Rock out acts Spade, something's up.

April 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

30 minutes went by and the movie took a sharp left into saps-ville, crashing and burning like a 74 'Cuda wrapped around an oak tree.

April 13, 2001 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Joe Dirt

A decent comedy with a few laughs, Joe Dirt lacks an effective story, but manages to make you smile a few times. In terms of this being a good comedy, it isn't, but it's not the worst either. The film has some comical moments here and there, and though never anything great, this isn't a film to take seriously. Sometimes it's good to enjoy a mindless comedy; Joe Dirt is such a film. A mindless entertaining comedy, meant to watch on a rainy night, this film may have plenty of imperfections, and it is stupid quite a few times, but it's harmless fun. Don't expect a memorable comedy with this one, expect a dimwitted film, and you won't be disappointed. This is, like I said, a mindless comedy. Funny, but stupid, this is nonetheless entertaining for what it is. The film has charm. The film could have been better, but this isn't an awful film. I enjoyed the film for what it was, and thought it was mindless fun. Don't expect a great film with Joe Dirt, expect something amusing, and you won't be disappointed. This is the type of film that you watch with friend to have a good time. The film has its flaws, but it's not as bad as you'd might think. This simply put, a fun little flick, and is much better than any recent Adam Sandler flick. There's enough here to enjoy, just keep your expectations average, and you may enjoy this film. Joe Dirt could have been a better film, but it manages to entertaining and amusing despite its many flaws. David Spade does manage to keep it amusing throughout and the gags are plentiful, even though some are pretty dull at times. Worth watching at least once.
June 7, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Funny in a SNL, Spade way, but not a "masterpiece."
August 4, 2010

Super Reviewer

It was very laughable the first time around, but after that the jokes start becoming failures, and the movie plummets!
February 15, 2010
KJ Proulx

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    1. Joe Dirt: Oh god! I got the poo on me!!!!
    – Submitted by Domenica D (50 days ago)
    1. Clem: [talking to fire extinguisher] You're talking to me all wrong... It's the wrong tone. You do it again and I'll stab you in the face with a soldering iron.
    – Submitted by zachary v (3 years ago)
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