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Joe Dirt (2001)


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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 23

Critics Consensus: 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: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 322,529


Movie Info

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 … More

PG-13 (for crude and sex related humor, language)
Directed By:
Written By:
David Spade , Fred Wolf
In Theaters:
Aug 28, 2001
Box Office:
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Joe Dirt

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.

Full Review… | February 28, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A comic named David Spade stars in a movie called Joe Dirt, and that's about as funny as things get here.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

In one scene, raw sewage is dumped on Joe. See Joe Dirt and you'll know how that feels.

April 18, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 13, 2001
USA Today
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

[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
Top Critic

...none of it is funny.

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
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.

Full Review… | March 10, 2003
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.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

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

Full Review… | December 8, 2002
Film Threat

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

Full Review… | September 10, 2002
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.

Full Review… | June 9, 2002
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.

Full Review… | November 15, 2001

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.

Full Review… | July 29, 2001
Laramie Movie Scope

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

Full Review… | May 25, 2001
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.

Full Review… | May 3, 2001

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.

Full Review… | April 30, 2001
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.

Full Review… | April 20, 2001

[A] pathetic attempt at moviemaking.

Full Review… | April 16, 2001
Blunt Review

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

Full Review… | April 16, 2001
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.

Full Review… | April 13, 2001

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.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

This was too dumb for words. David Spade was perfect for this, seeing as its not much to work with. The plot is interesting in an idiotic way. The movie was overall bad, with a few funny moments.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


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

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Joe Dirt Quotes

Joe Dirt:
Oh god! I got the poo on me!!!!
– Submitted by Domenica D (2 months ago)
[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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