• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Grant Heslov
    In Theaters:
    Nov 6, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 23, 2010
  • Overture Films

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The Men Who Stare at Goats Reviews

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Justin Stewart
Stop Smiling

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 Source: Stop Smiling

March 5, 2014
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

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 Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 24, 2012
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

The Men Who Stare at Goats makes [True Lies] seem like a sensitive and balanced take on American/Middle Eastern relations.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2/5

October 21, 2010
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)

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 Source: Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine) | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 7, 2009
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper

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 Source: Philadelphia City Paper | Original Score: C+

November 5, 2009
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...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 Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 80/100

March 26, 2010
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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 Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 6, 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 Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 2/5

November 3, 2009
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
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It's a disappointment.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 9, 2009
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

November 5, 2009
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Neither absurdist enough as a comedy nor trenchant enough as a war satire, this effort elicits a few chuckles but little else.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

November 5, 2009
Adam Lippe
Examiner.com

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.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com

November 9, 2009
Anthony Venutolo
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

November 5, 2009
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

What a waste of a great premise.

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: C-

November 6, 2009
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Whatever George Clooney and his friends are smoking, could they please pass some of it around? We're confused and we need it.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

November 11, 2009
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

The Men Who Stare at Goats meanders aimlessly without ever reaching a satisfying conclusion.

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 2/4

November 8, 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 Source: UGO | Original Score: C-

November 5, 2009
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio

Baaaaaddddd. What a disappointment with Clooney no less. Paul Chambers, CNN.

Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Original Score: C-

January 7, 2010
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

The most watered-down episode of M*A*S*H* looks like a Joseph Heller classic by comparison

Full Review Source: CinePassion

December 8, 2009
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online

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 Source: Indie Movies Online | Original Score: 4.5/10

November 6, 2009
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