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The Love Guru (2008)



Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 167
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 144

The Love Guru features far too many gross-out gags, and too few earned laughs, ranking as one of Mike Myers' poorest outings.


Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 37

The Love Guru features far too many gross-out gags, and too few earned laughs, ranking as one of Mike Myers' poorest outings.



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Austin Powers trilogy star Mike Myers collaborates with writer Graham Gordy for this comedy concerning a self-help guru named Pitka (Myers) who devotes his life to unknotting the romantic entanglements of troubled couples. As a young child, Pitka is abandoned at the gates of an ashram in India and taken in by kindly gurus. An American by birth, Pitka absorbs the lessons taught to him by his teachers and later returns to the United States to become a leading authority on spirituality and



Mike Myers, Graham Gordy

Sep 16, 2008


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All Critics (169) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (144) | DVD (16)

They say sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. Well 'they' obviously haven't seen 'The Love Guru', an overgrown dirt-patch of clunking juvenilia.

July 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's just deadly.

June 23, 2008 | Comments (6)
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The Love Guru is insulting to anyone with a healthy sense of humor and the simple desire to laugh.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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If you're in the mood for a delightful tweak of today's self-actualizing New Age gurus, look elsewhere. If, on the other hand, you want to see gags about boogers, elephant poop, and mano-a-mano duels with mops drenched in urine, then this is for you.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (2)
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The endless winks at the camera look more desperate, the jokes at Troyer's expense seem more tasteless.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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Mike Myers is anti-comedy . . . that is, if one presumes comedy ought to be smart, new, surprising or, yes, funny.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Do you remember Mike Myers? Well I suggest that you hold on to that memory and lock it tight inside you, because The Love Guru wants to destroy it.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

It's a rare film that makes a reviewer consider giving up the movies altogether. My own Waterloo came forty-five minutes into The Love Guru when I briefly considered stabbing out my own eyes so that I wouldn't have to watch it any more.

March 29, 2011 Full Review Source:

Naughty Mike Myers comedy has little to love.

December 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The Love Guru contains a few clever touches but has trouble hanging together as a coherent comedy, let alone a coherent film.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Authentically repellent

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

...might just be the most puerile mainstream movie ever made...

November 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
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Pitka's character seems overly based on what's convenient for a given scene.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

I guess the real audience is 40 year-old men with the mind of an 8 year-old.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

It's hard to take any of it seriously -- which would be fine if it were funny, but it's not.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Allow me to say this very clearly: this is not a good movie.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Comment (1)
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

It appears Myers did not have someone behind the camera reigning him in. Too bad.

October 1, 2008 Full Review Source:

Myers has his head in the toilet more than a Florida State University freshman co-ed during homecoming weekend.

September 14, 2008 Full Review Source:

Like a kid let loose in a toy store, this bad boy horny guru could have used more direction, but he does impress with his driving skills atop a pachyderm, during elephant sex.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

...fairly mindless stuff that may appeal to die-hard Myers fans.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

I am still comfortable believing Myers is a comic genius, but it's no where to be seen here.

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

The whole vaguely pitiable enterprise has tiny flickers of brilliance which can't be denied, but almost can't be detected, either.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Most jokes are centred around either genitalia or that Austin Powers-style of wink-nudge faux sexuality, which doesn't work at all with this character.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

At one point Kingsley's character makes his pupils duel with mops soaked in his own urine. If you think that's funny, be my guest.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Funny in fits and starts, though the fits are a little convulsive and the starts seldom come with a convincing ending or pay-off.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

The puerile levels to which it sinks make even Goldmember, the crudest of the Austin Powers movies, look like Brief Encounter.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Audience Reviews for The Love Guru

Usually when a film is so hyped I often feel let down when I come to eventually seeing it. In the case of The Love Guru it is the other way round. Everyone hates it and everyone said not to watch it so I didn't. It was on TV the other day and I thought i'd give it a go and was surprised to find that it was quite funny. I honestly don't understand the hate for this film, it's much better than Goldmember and it had a couple of real laugh out loud moments. It's a little bit of more of the same from Mike Myers but I like him so was happy. I can think of many other films that were worse in 2008, most of you (my flixster friends) rated What Happens In Vegas higher than The Love Guru, I mean, what the hell is that all about. I now have trust issues.
April 29, 2013

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Mike Myers has done it again. He's made another totally pointless, but beyond hysterical movie. As long as you know it's going to be stupid and going for cheap laughs, then you'll have fun. Justin Timberlake is funnier than I thought he would or could be. Jessica Alba still sucks. But it's a good movie about a love guru helping people fix love while he finds it.
December 20, 2010

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    1. Guru Pitka: People may say bad things about you but you should never say bad things about yourself.
    – Submitted by Cathy D (2 years ago)
    1. Guru Pitka: Mariska Hargitay...Mariska Hargitay.
    – Submitted by topher h (2 years ago)
    1. Guru Pitka: I once read on a bathroom stall, the joke is in your hand.
    – Submitted by topher h (2 years ago)
    1. Guru Pitka: Give me a pound... lock it down.... break the pickle... tickle tickle!
    – Submitted by Kyle D (2 years ago)
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