Magic Mike Reviews

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John Semley
Slant Magazine
June 28, 2012
It's as if Soderbergh expects the film to mostly resolve itself, rounded out by the asses-in-the-seats appeal of the material, rote thematic underpinning, and ample charms of the cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal
June 28, 2012
While the ads are selling it as a romp (and crowds include Girls' Night Out groups), the movie turns in some grim but too obvious directions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
July 29, 2012
After its overly drawn out introduction (featuring far too much stripping), the movie rushes in its final stages.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 28, 2012
Soderbergh's creative shot composition and off-kilter pacing elevate some of the story's prosaic elements, but he doesn't take enough narrative or stylistic chances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 28, 2012
Riddled with show-biz clichés, stick-figure studs and re-heated ideas, Magic Mike thrusts its junk in your face despite having a very empty G-string.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
July 2, 2012
Shows some life onstage, but off is dull soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
July 5, 2012
While (director Soderbergh) does fine work with what he's given, it ultimately amounts to little of substance. You may be able to pad a stripper's pouch but not this film's barely mediocre script.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
September 4, 2012
A vanilla panorama of beefcake for rent
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
July 12, 2012
While watching "Magic Mike," which plunges into the false glamour of male strippers, you search in vain for a reason why you're there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
Alison Willmore
Movieline
June 27, 2012
[It feels] curiously rudderless, its off-stage journey pale and enervated in contrast with the cheesy, ebullient dance numbers it makes room for.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 30, 2012
Too long and dramatically flaccid. It's well-shot and initially compelling, but ultimately suffers from style over substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.69
Top Critic
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
June 26, 2012
The few moments wherein Magic Mike calls American institutions into question are undercut and overshadowed by the film's dated insistence on the dream of legitimacy.
Victoria Alexander
Film Festival Today
June 29, 2012
Horrible. No story, overt homoeroticism, and the death-knell for McConaughey. Is this the same director who did the fabulous HAYWIRE?
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 21, 2012
On the scale of chick flicks, Magic Mike is probably a 10, combining large quantities of male stripping action in a nightclub setting and a soppy romantic tale
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
June 29, 2012
This is destined to be either embraced as "real" and "authentic" or condemned as lacking a certain erotic quality, especially in the man meat department.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 29, 2012
Soderbergh pulls out every trick in the book to make Magic mean something beyond its parade of shaved backs and tanned buttocks, but it's a lost cause, endeavoring to bring meaning to material best appreciated for its surface appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Rebecca Murray
About.com
June 28, 2012
Target missed, opportunity lost.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 14, 2012
Steven Soderbergh's guilty-pleasure for sexually frustrated housewives fails to accomplish its modest thematic aspirations.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
June 29, 2012
This movie is so cheesy and beefy they ought to sell it at Taco Bell.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
June 27, 2012
For a movie about guys taking their clothes off, Magic Mike is rather tame, and rather dull. Magic it certainly ain't.
Leonard Maltin
ReelzChannel.com
July 7, 2012
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