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The Love Guru (2008)


Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 168
Fresh: 23
Rotten: 145

Critics Consensus: 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: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 45
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 39

Critics Consensus: 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: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 240,249


Movie Info

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 … More

PG-13 (for crude and sexual content throughout, language, some comic violence and drug references)
Directed By:
Written By:
Mike Myers , Graham Gordy
In Theaters:
Sep 16, 2008
Box Office:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Love Guru

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (145) | 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.

Full Review… | July 31, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

It's just deadly.

June 23, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

The Love Guru is insulting to anyone with a healthy sense of humor and the simple desire to laugh.

Full Review… | June 20, 2008
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 20, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The endless winks at the camera look more desperate, the jokes at Troyer's expense seem more tasteless.

Full Review… | June 20, 2008
The New Republic
Top Critic

Mike Myers is anti-comedy . . . that is, if one presumes comedy ought to be smart, new, surprising or, yes, funny.

Full Review… | June 20, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic


Full Review… | October 21, 2014

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.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
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.

Full Review… | March 29, 2011

Naughty Mike Myers comedy has little to love.

Full Review… | December 19, 2010
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.

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
Washington Times

Authentically repellent

Full Review… | August 26, 2009

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

Full Review… | November 6, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

Pitka's character seems overly based on what's convenient for a given scene.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Screen International

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Three Movie Buffs

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Q Network Film Desk

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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

Full Review… | October 1, 2008

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

Full Review… | September 14, 2008

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.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008

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

Full Review… | September 2, 2008
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review… | August 27, 2008
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.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
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.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
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.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
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.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Financial Times

Audience Reviews for The Love Guru

A movie so absolutely puerile, unfunny and dreadful in every aspect imaginable that it makes you want to take Mike Myers by the hair and beat him with a tire iron. Is there really still anyone in this planet who thinks that name puns and diarrhea jokes are at all funny? (Zero stars)

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

A horrible movie. I laughed maybe twice at this crappy film, not only was it stupid, there was no point to it. I cant say anything else about it because it sucked so much.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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.

Alexis Nomm

Super Reviewer

The Love Guru Quotes

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)
Guru Pitka:
Mariska Hargitay...Mariska Hargitay.
– Submitted by topher h (2 years ago)
Guru Pitka:
I once read on a bathroom stall, the joke is in your hand.
– Submitted by topher h (2 years ago)
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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