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The Men Who Stare at Goats Reviews

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Justin Stewart
Stop Smiling
March 5, 2014
It's Heslov's sarcastic, assuming tone, not the actors, that makes Goats so intolerable, and it begins immediately with the opening credits.
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 24, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2010
The Men Who Stare at Goats makes [True Lies] seem like a sensitive and balanced take on American/Middle Eastern relations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
November 7, 2009
If I could make a mix tape of scenes from this film I'd watch them repeatedly. But as a whole, it was a missed opportunity. And the ending . . . even Obi-Wan would roll his eyes. Definitely not the droids I was looking for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
November 5, 2009
The juxtaposition of Bridges' tripped-out troops and Iran-Contra-era skullduggery makes for a few easy laughs, but the movie's satire never grows teeth; its depiction of the military as obsessive goofballs makes their excesses seem more trivial than dange
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 26, 2010
...an odd movie that falls in between the cracks of dramedy and military satire. While it has a fine cast and some terrific moments, this story of an experimental U.S. military unit with allegedly psychic powers never really gets off the ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 6, 2009
It seems too much a privilege to be chuckling in the theater about psychic warfare while the unfunny business of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan continues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 3, 2009
There are a handful of funny moments -- most of which appear in the trailer -- but overall, this is a film that would have benefited from someone staring at some rewrites.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
November 9, 2009
It's a disappointment.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 5, 2009
You may wonder if this screen version of the book of the same name is as unfunny and strangely mushy as it seems, but trust your instincts.
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 5, 2009
Neither absurdist enough as a comedy nor trenchant enough as a war satire, this effort elicits a few chuckles but little else.
Adam Lippe
Examiner.com
November 9, 2009
Heslov thinks he's making a Coen Brothers movie, so Clooney and especially Bridges continuously play up how "off" they are, but the source material didn't need any help.
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Anthony Venutolo
Newark Star-Ledger
November 5, 2009
What had been a slightly quirky satire becomes first a wild comedy, then an impassioned exposť. Taking itself too seriously (and treating the military as a joke), it quickly begins to unravel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
November 6, 2009
What a waste of a great premise.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 11, 2009
Whatever George Clooney and his friends are smoking, could they please pass some of it around? We're confused and we need it.
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
November 8, 2009
The Men Who Stare at Goats meanders aimlessly without ever reaching a satisfying conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 5, 2009
No doubt is aiming for a Catch-22 or Dr. Strangelove. . .it feels more like the Mel Gibson/Robert Downey Jr. vehicle Air America.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
January 7, 2010
Baaaaaddddd. What a disappointment with Clooney no less. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
December 8, 2009
The most watered-down episode of M*A*S*H* looks like a Joseph Heller classic by comparison
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
November 6, 2009
Stare at the goat all you want, but he's not going to come up with a script. He might eat one, but write one? Naaaaaa.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
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