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Magic Mike (2012)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 192
Fresh: 154 | Rotten: 38

Magic Mike's sensitive direction, smart screenplay, and strong performances allow audiences to have their beefcake and eat it too.


Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 5

Magic Mike's sensitive direction, smart screenplay, and strong performances allow audiences to have their beefcake and eat it too.



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Set in the world of male strippers, Magic Mike is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Channing Tatum in a story inspired by his real life. The film follows Mike (Tatum) as he takes a young dancer called The Kid (Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money. -- (C) Warner Bros.


Drama, Comedy

Reid Carolin

Oct 23, 2012


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All Critics (193) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (154) | Rotten (38) | DVD (3)

Soderbergh has created a spicy yet lucid, surgingly high-energy yet smartly modernistic musical.

July 2, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comment (1)
New Yorker
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Tatum, whose talents have been the subject of debate, also makes Mike genuinely affecting, not to mention articulate within the bounds of a sketchy script.

June 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal | Comments (2)
Wall Street Journal
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Does a better job of mixing Chippendales-style guilty pleasures with reality-based cautionary tales than you might expect.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source:
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The dance numbers, choreographed by Allison Faulk, are inventive and athletic, but not really erotic; Soderbergh never lets you forget that, for these men, dancing is above all a job.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
Chicago Reader
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Magic Mike has a conventional structure, yet a teasing question percolates beneath: If selling yourself is as much fun as this movie makes it look, what could be wrong with it?

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (6)
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If you're looking for a romance with 100 percent prime beefcake? Get your singles out and ready, ladies. "Magic Mike" is in the house.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Once you get past the thongs, the uniforms, and the sleek choreographed stripping dance routines -- admittedly, the main attraction of Magic Mike for most audiences -- it's just another day at the office for Steven Soderbergh

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass

The sexy mischief and the darkness and the earnest character beats all fit together in one terrifically entertaining, perfectly pitched success.

April 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Badass Digest

Raucous, funny and disgracefully entertaining.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

Musings on the nature of capitalism wrapped in a very pretty package ... Magic Mike is a film for adventurous audiences of all persuasions.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

Some wildly entertaining dancing (and stripping) underscores several impressive performances.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Steven Soderbergh has made a movie that works as both intimate character study and party film.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Magic Mike takes a familiar story and transforms it into something modern, unique and beautiful to look at (and I'm not just talking beefcakes, here).

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

Engaging and sensitive

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

I never imagined that I would see The Full Monty re-envisioned by the Oscar winning director of Erin Brokovich and Traffic. But yup, here you have it: Steven Soderberg has created his stripping opus.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

Magic Mike is far from perfect, but that's the fun. Whether you think Soderbergh is winking at the audience or the movie is "so bad it's good," Magic Mike is one heck of a good time at the movies.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

It's good to have another Soderbergh movie, and one that's completely different from anything he's done before. But beneath the magic, "Mike" is ultimately meh.

September 5, 2012 Full Review Source:

A vanilla panorama of beefcake for rent

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Soderbergh lets scenes develop in a raw, natural way that makes the stripping scenes hilariously entertaining to watch

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source:

It's "Showgirls" for girls, but with its camp knob tuned to a much more tolerable and skilled frequency... It's pretty awesome

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

Magic Mike is just fun, and it's fun because it's good.

August 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

I was gunning for Showgirls only as Show Boys. Instead director Steven Soderbergh did something normal and classy, which are two words I associate with his other films and did not want to describe this film.

August 7, 2012 Full Review Source:

Reigning men on a physical, philosophical and psychological level, Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike also completes the transformation of Channing Tatum from mumbling toy-boy to thinking man's beefcake.

August 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

As Mike, Tatum is a pillar of integrity, a hard-working stud with his eyes on the end game.

August 1, 2012 Full Review Source:

... the director, the unpredictable Steven Soderbergh, gives the clichés a surface gloss of credibility.

July 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

What works in the movie are its cast, locale, and unique milieu. We're shown the behind-the-scenes workings ... the same way we become privy to the workings of wrestling in The Wrestler, although it's obviously much, much more fun being a stripper.

July 30, 2012 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Magic Mike

Except the bravery concept of making this movie and having such a wonderful cast, 'Magic Mike' for me is just a decent entertainment movie that quickly be forgotten from your mind after you finished watching it.. Maybe while the strippers show the audiences their performances, we'll be dazzled for awhile but there is no special move that will mark in the audiences minds.. One good thing is Matthew McConaughey's performance who we always underrated before because his movie always stereotypical which is comedy romance.. Overall, it was a decent watch..
September 6, 2013
Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

Classic Sodebergh dialog. The pacing is a bit odd, but so is reality, and I think that's basically the point. Despite Mathhew Moconaghey(sp.) having a large role in the film, I enjoyed it.
September 1, 2013

Super Reviewer

It is all that could be expected by a film like this! Just like the subject matter - cheesy and questionable! lol
April 8, 2013

Super Reviewer

After all the hype and the derision from my friends, I finally saw Steven Soderbergh's male stripper opus Magic Mike, and it does not pain me to say, as a red-blooded heterosexual male, that I found it mostly enjoyable. I understand the detractors, many of whom were let down by the relentless, frothing hype generating the film's box-office success. The characters are fairly shallow, and almost all of the supporting players are one-dimensional; many of the male strippers only have their abs and a name to work with as far as characterization. There's also the general absurd nature of the world of male stripping, where women are whipped into a frenzy and men almost comically gyrate atop them, or in some instances, literally pick them in the air to swing their junk into. The last act also rushes all sorts of storylines: the rookie's fall from grace, Mike (Channing Tatum) coming to the realization to leave the business, a hastily thrown together romance. With all that said, I was always interested in just watching the ins and outs of this profession put on screen. And when the plot falters, there are always the impossible charms of Tatum to bring me back. Matthew McConaughey is also fascinating to watch as a mixture of showman, zen artist, and sexual being. I even found the dance/stripping sequences to be worthwhile as few insights into the various characters. While being less than magical, Magic Mike's shortcomings don't take away from what it has to offer. That may be the most unintended inuenduous statement I've ever written for a film review.

Nate's Grade: B-
March 29, 2013
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

    1. Magic Mike: Oh, you don't wanna know what I have to do for twenties.
    – Submitted by Rona K (18 months ago)
    1. Dallas: The law says you cannot touch, but I see a lot of lawbreakers up in this house.
    – Submitted by Anggela M (21 months ago)
    1. Magic Mike: Are we fighting? Is this our first fight?
    – Submitted by Stoney L (21 months ago)
    1. Paige: Entrepreneur/stripper? Stripper/entrepreneur?
    2. Magic Mike: Either one.
    3. Paige: I was hoping this was all a joke.
    4. Magic Mike: It is pretty funny.
    – Submitted by Neal B (22 months ago)
    1. Magic Mike: Distressed? [slams huge wad of cash on bank clerk's desk] Does THIS look like distressed?
    – Submitted by C S (22 months ago)
    1. Dallas: You are the husband they've never had, you are the dream guy they've never came along.
    – Submitted by Arian B (22 months ago)
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