The Love Guru Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Jenkins
Time Out
July 31, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1/6
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 23, 2008
It's just deadly.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
June 20, 2008
The Love Guru is insulting to anyone with a healthy sense of humor and the simple desire to laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 20, 2008
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 | Original Score: D+
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
June 20, 2008
The endless winks at the camera look more desperate, the jokes at Troyer's expense seem more tasteless.
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John Anderson
Washington Post
June 20, 2008
Mike Myers is anti-comedy . . . that is, if one presumes comedy ought to be smart, new, surprising or, yes, funny.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 20, 2008
The road taken by The Love Guru could hardly be lower, and leads nowhere.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 20, 2008
Myers' Pitka is the stealthiest of holy rollers: he makes you roar just when you think he's going to hell in a hand basket.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 20, 2008
At least it doesn't waste any time. At somewhere near the 30-second mark, it gets right down to business, and that business is the kind of humor that doesn't usually get named in this paper.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 20, 2008
Mike Myers' new comedy, The Love Guru, is a disappointment, but it's not a disaster, and that's at least something.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 20, 2008
The picture, written by Myers and Graham Gordy and directed by Marco Schnabel (no relation to Julian), is listless and pokey, chiefly because watching Myers in this particular guise is almost completely joyless.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 20, 2008
The frustrating thing about the movie is that it contains moment of comedy that verge on inspired, but they are too infrequent to justify the running length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 20, 2008
It's vintage Myers, with an outrageous, broadly played character borrowed from Peter Sellers, silly makeup, bad puns, innuendo, the occasional pause for song and dance and Myers' ongoing obsession with little people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 20, 2008
At 88 minutes, The Love Guru would have benefited from a trim of roughly 80 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 20, 2008
Let's not pussyfoot around: The Love Guru is an atrocious, idiotic 88 minutes of anti-entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Jan Stuart
Los Angeles Times
June 20, 2008
A comedy of low blows and elephantine misfires.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 20, 2008
This is dangerous advice for a writer to give (talk about glass houses), but Mike Myers needs an editor. He needs someone with a fat red pen to scratch out a few of his worst bad habits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
June 20, 2008
For a comic genius, Mike Myers sure aims low.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 20, 2008
When Pitka ends his bite-size lessons with 'TM,' we should understand it's not meditation but branding he's after.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 20, 2008
Juvenile. Strained. This baggy tale of a loopy Deepak Chopra wannabe is all that and then some. The thing is it's also pretty funny as long as you know what you're in for.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 20, 2008
What links all these characters is Myers's gift for antic, elfin burlesque. He's like a second-best Peter Sellers.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
June 20, 2008
With its scatological humor, penis jokes, feeble puns, and middle-school ideal of love, this Mike Myers vehicle exemplifies American comedy's continuing slide into infantilism.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 20, 2008
Things are so bad here that the few good ideas seem brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
June 20, 2008
The Love Guru isn't really about spiritual well-being or hockey; it's about Myers' mistaken belief that the comedic possibilities of male genitalia are endless.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 20, 2008
Sorry, time's up. The final buzzer has gone on our spirited game of Spot the Laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 20, 2008
The movie not only violates the Law of Funny Names (which are usually not funny), but rips it from the Little Movie Glossary and tramples it into the ice.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 20, 2008
The Love Guru is downright antifunny, an experience that makes you wonder if you will ever laugh again.
| Original Score: .5/5
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Cole Haddon
Film.com
June 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 19, 2008
It's a silly spoof that is occasionally funny but grows tedious with excessive mugging and bad punning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 19, 2008
Ninety minutes pass like an eternity.
| Original Score: .5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 19, 2008
No amount of mugging can salvage a collection of scattershot jokes clothes-pinned to such a slender plot. It's one thing to parody a cowboy or a detective or a spy, but is there a cultural consensus on what's funny about Third World spiritualists?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
June 19, 2008
Pop-culture riffing, winking double entendres, scatological humor, and silly names aren't just the foremost weapons in Myers' comic arsenal, they're all he's got.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 19, 2008
This tale of a guru who brings joy to all who meet him is the most joy-draining 88 minutes I've ever spent outside a hospital waiting room.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 19, 2008
In reality, The Love Guru isn't likely to offend anyone -- save, perhaps, audiences that prefer their comedy sophisticated, not sophomoric, and devoid of references to bodily functions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 19, 2008
We're talking 15 or 20 minutes of decent material. The movie runs a little longer than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
June 19, 2008
Planning on seeing it? You may well recoil from sports comedies, Bollywood musicals, self-help spiritualists, puns — even characters with beards — for the foreseeable future.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 19, 2008
The Love Guru scrapes bottom for laughs, resorting to pop-culture jokes (Lindsay, Britney), weak musical numbers (Dolly Parton's '9 to 5' on sitar) and, most abysmally, the sight of two elephants doing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 19, 2008
Laughs forgive a lot. Just ask Judd Apatow. But when the funniest line in the movie is an outtake from Verne Troyer, you've got problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 19, 2008
Mike Myers likes ice hockey. He also likes Deepak Chopra, a little bit too much. So he pulled together a bit of hockey and a whole lot of Chopra and called it a plot.
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David Germain
Associated Press
June 18, 2008
Myers wants us all to love him, wants us all to be in on his jokes. But love and laughs are earned, not given just because you mug for the camera behind a wild wig and beard.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 18, 2008
Not only does the film stumble badly from one skit to another, the skits themselves have too much dead air.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
June 17, 2008
The Love Guru is so relentlessly juvenile as to merit a new twist on the PG-13 rating -- one that strongly cautions not only those under 13 but anyone much above it, too.