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MacGruber (2010)

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47

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 132
Fresh: 62 | Rotten: 70

It too often mistakes shock value for real humor, but MacGruber is better than many SNL films -- and better than it probably should be.

30

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 16

It too often mistakes shock value for real humor, but MacGruber is better than many SNL films -- and better than it probably should be.

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Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 119,537

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Movie Info

Will Forte brings his Saturday Night Live character MacGruber to the screen with this action comedy directed by Jorma Taccone. After bad guys killed his wife (Maya Rudolph), soldier of fortune MacGruber (Forte) devoted his life to peace. But when his old nemesis (Val Kilmer) gets control of a nuclear weapon, MacGruber's former boss (Powers Boothe) convinces him to risk life and limb one more time with the help of a new team (Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe). ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Action & Adventure, Comedy

Jorma Taccone

Sep 7, 2010

$8.0M

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All Critics (133) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (70) | DVD (9)

A film that poses a philosophical question fundamental to our inquiry here, namely: "Why does this exist?"

June 1, 2010
New York Times
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Some of these two minute sketches look a little thin at 87 to 92 minutes.

June 1, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (2)
At the Movies
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You need a great character to make a bad thing good, and the action comedy MacGruber is sadly short on great characters.

May 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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While it would be unfair to saddle MacGruber with the "worst SNL movie of all-time" moniker (I can think of at least two that are more painful to endure), its place on the vaunted 2010 Worst 10 list is assured.

May 24, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (4)
ReelViews
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MacGruber is by no means a work of genius, or a piece of art, or even very good. But Forte and company have managed to make crude and lewd dunderheadedness laugh-out-loud funny here and there, and that, I guess, is something of an achievement.

May 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Comment (1)
Philadelphia Inquirer
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There's a conceptual flaw at this movie's heart: By the very nature of the sketch, MacGruber can't succeed on the big screen.

May 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Slate | Comment (1)
Slate
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This comedy is an absolute waste of time and easily the worst movie of 2010.

December 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

It's not just him badly defusing bombs over and over. It's much stupider (and smarter) than that.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Bereft of any kind of laughs or remote giggles when not blatantly ripping off the Austin Powers mold...

February 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

My advice? Wear gloves, a surgical mask, and get the proper inoculations before entering the theatre. It's the first sexually transmitted comedy of the year.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

This feature length version quickly outstays its welcome with uninspiring jokes and schoolboy humour.

October 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Comments (271)

Big-screen SNL skit explodes with crass humor, sex, blood.

September 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It achieves wit in a realm where stupidity is too often deemed sufficient.

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
MovieMartyr.com

It's further proof, as if any were needed, of SNL producer Lorne Michaels' contempt for the audience.

July 19, 2010 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Will Forte, director Jorma Taccone, and the sublime Kristen Wiig triumph with their own brand of unique, risky lunacy

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

An avalanche of scatalogical humour and lame jokes that make the Austin Powers films look like masterpieces by comparison.

June 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

If you're a fan of the SNL sketch, you'll like what you see here, though newcomers might be left asking why they bothered to adapt it for the big screen at all.

June 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Forte is likeable as the renegade good guy but the humour relies too heavily on blatantly telegraphed sight gags and villains with rude-sounding names.

June 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It's ridiculous, crude and, most importantly, jaw-achingly funny.

June 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

After a few promising opening gags, inspiration soon begins to fizzle out; the film ends up looking less smart than the material it's supposed to be parodying.

June 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Will Forte, who hasn't starred in a movie before and looks extremely unlikely to do so again, lacks the slightest vestige of credibility or charm as MacGruber. He also cowrote the script. Let's just say comedy is not Forte's forte.

June 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Comments (397)
Daily Mail [UK]

Throwaway but genuinely funny throughout, MacGruber plays like Hot Shots: Part Trois or a live-action Team America: World Police -- a summer six-pack movie that makes up for in laughs what it lacks in longevity.

June 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Despite the occasional laugh, strong performances from Phillippe and the ever-reliable Wiig and the most ridiculous sex scene since Team America: World Police, jokes that are funny within the first five minutes became stale at an alarming rate.

June 17, 2010
Little White Lies

MacGruber might be a wildly uneven ride, but it doesn't outstay its welcome and lined up against other Saturday Night Live productions it's hardly the worst of the bunch.

June 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Unexpectedly, this feature-length cash-in on a mildly popular American comedy sketch is more fun than most of this year's bum-awful blockbuster crop put together.

June 16, 2010 Full Review Source: News of the World
News of the World

Forte plays it commendably straight as a malfunctioning Chuck Norris while the cliches of the genre - obsession with manhood, a gurning megalomaniac and maverick methods - are soundly nailed.

June 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Audience Reviews for MacGruber

MacGruber isn't very funny but it does have a couple of laugh out loud moments. It's good that it doesn't milk these laugh out loud moments by repeating them but unfortunately it does with all the crap jokes. It's been done before and it has been done better (never brilliantly, but better). I think with tinkering it could have worked well but there were some big egos involved. It should have veered away from the smutty and crass stuff too and just concentrated on the action spoof idea.
April 25, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

It's one joke, stretched over 90 minutes... I don't know that anyone expected this to be good, or really, what the purpose of writing a review about it would be. What you see is what you get: a series of decent gags, the occasional one hilarious, strung together lazily with something resembling a plot, in which MacGruber has to overcome his baggage and his incompetence in order to take down the villain, Dieter Cunth - great name - played by Val Kilmer, who is still alive, I guess... and to his credit, can still act decently. Kristen Wiig is always funny, and Ryan Phillippe is quite good as the straight man, too, but as most would anticipate, there's not much here. A forgettable indulgence.
January 19, 2013
danperry17

Super Reviewer

I only own a film if I can watch it again and again and again and still enjoy it. Which I can do with this film. It's stupid and I think it's basicaly all the jokes Forte and Taccone couldn't get into SNL. But damnit it's funny. This was the first sign that Wiig was going to be the comdey Queen, even in movies.
June 29, 2012
Joshua Wilburn

Super Reviewer

    1. Vicki: Wait, I'm a virgin.
    2. MacGruber: Shhhhhh... not for long.
    – Submitted by Brendon H (20 months ago)
    1. MacGruber: Cause after I disarm this nuke, I'm gonna cut off your dick and...
    – Submitted by Michel D (21 months ago)
    1. MacGruber: Well I bet you wish your nose was a dick...so you could use it fuck butts!
    – Submitted by Caleb S (22 months ago)
    1. Cunth: I was talking to the missile.
    – Submitted by Michael B (23 months ago)
    1. MacGruber: Well, then, if you'll excuse me, it's time to go pound some Cunth.
    – Submitted by Shamus B (23 months ago)
    1. MacGruber: Well they were fucking great guys, and it's a fucking asshole of a day.
    – Submitted by Chris M (2 years ago)
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