The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)



Critic Consensus: Though The Men Who Stare at Goats is a mostly entertaining, farcical glimpse of men at war, some may find its satire and dark humor less than edgy.

Movie Info

Reporter Bob Wilton is in search of his next big story when he encounters Lyn Cassady, a shadowy figure who claims to be part of an experimental U.S. military unit. According to Cassady, the New Earth Army is changing the way wars are fought. A legion of "Warrior Monks" with unparalleled psychic powers can read the enemy's thoughts, pass through solid walls, and even kill a goat simply by staring at it. Now, the program's founder, Bill Django, has gone missing and Cassady's mission is to find him.more
Rating: R (for language, some drug content and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 23, 2010
Box Office: $32.4M
Overture Films - Official Site


George Clooney
as Lyn Cassady
Ewan McGregor
as Bob Wilton
Jeff Bridges
as Bill Django
Kevin Spacey
as Larry Hooper
Stephen Lang
as Brigadier General De...
Stephen Root
as Gus Lacey
Robert Patrick
as Todd Nixon
Waleed F. Zuaiter
as Mahmud Daash
Glenn Morshower
as Major Jim Holtz
Nick Offerman
as Scotty Mercer
Tim Griffin
as Tim Kootz
Rebecca Mader
as Deborah Wilton
Jacob Browne
as Lieutenant Boone
Elsa Villafane
as Gus' Mother
Samuel Ray Gates
as Journalist #1
McCaleb Burnett
as Journalist #2
Sean Phillips
as Vietnam Soldier
Matt Newton
as Vietnam Private Chri...
Minh Tu Van
as VC Woman
Robert Curtis-Brown
as General Brown
Robert Curtis Brown
as General Brown
Hrach Titizian
as Kidnapper #1
Shafik N. Bahou
as Kidnapper #2
Christopher Maher
as Iraqi Driver
Drew Seltzer
as Technician
Donn Lamkin
as Lyn's Father
Sean Curley
as Lyn (12 years old)
Michael Aragon
as Insurgent
Morse Bicknell
as Ben Echmeyer
Terry Serpico
as Krom - Phil Driver
Wiley M. Pickett
as Krom - Texan
Wiley Pickett
as Krom - Texan
Diego Serrano
as Krom - Chilean
Regi Huc
as Krom - 3rd Security ...
Kevin Geer
as CIA Agent
Kevin Wiggins
as Major General Jack G...
J.J. Raschel
as Clifford Hickox
Aaron Shiver
as Norm Pendleton
Arron Shiver
as Norm Pendleton
Jaime Margarida
as Major General Pendle...
Steve Witting
as PSIC Worker #1
Hunter Bell
as PSIC Worker #2
Edward Holley
as Army Soldier
Christopher Robinson
as Stryker Soldier
William Sterchi
as Bob's Editor
Samuel Gates
as Journalist #1
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Critic Reviews for The Men Who Stare at Goats

All Critics (205) | Top Critics (45)

All in all, Goats would have been groaningly familiar, even back in the 1960s.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

It's Heslov's sarcastic, assuming tone, not the actors, that makes Goats so intolerable, and it begins immediately with the opening credits.

Full Review… | March 5, 2014
Stop Smiling

Even at a brief running time of 87 minutes, the film feels stretched, leaving you as "the person who blankly stares at the screen"...until it's finally over.

Full Review… | September 24, 2012

The oddity of its subject matter can't quite find a suitable groove between weird believability and preposterous put-on.

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
American Profile

A genuinely funny film packed with acting talent (...) well worth 90 minutes of anyone's time.

Full Review… | February 3, 2011
What Culture

although Clooney's charm factor helps Cassady rise above the caricatures created by the rest of the cast. ... it won't necessarily elevate a mediocre film into one worth watching.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011

Audience Reviews for The Men Who Stare at Goats

A very strange movie but with a cast of actors that I love. So I fought through it and well it wouldnt surprise me if OUR MILITARY DID do stupid things like this.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

A mildly funny satire that seems to borrow from the Coen brothers' humor and has some very fine and vigorous performances, but after halfway through it starts to lose its comedic charm and ends with a disappointing, quick and easy wrap-up.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Supposedly based on a true story, this is just a load of rubbish. Would have been better making something up that was actually good.

Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

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