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Middle Men (2010)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 50
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 30

Middle Men benefits from a solid cast, particularly Luke Wilson, but its muddled script lets them down.


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 9

Middle Men benefits from a solid cast, particularly Luke Wilson, but its muddled script lets them down.



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Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, and Gabriel Macht headline director/co-screenwriter George Gallo's fact-based period comedy detailing the rise of the internet porn business in the mid-'90s. Businessman Jack Harris (Wilson) made his living solving other people's problems. Wayne Beering (Ribisi) and Buck Dolby (Macht) were two technological innovators with a plan to make a mint by selling pornography online. When Jack met Wayne and Buck, it was a match made in money heaven. Before long the trio was


Drama, Comedy

George Gallo, Andy Weiss

Feb 8, 2011


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Is Jack, who is patterned on a real-life character, sociopathic or just plain clueless? Gallo doesn't seem to care. He cares about parading before us lowlifes living the high life.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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I never got the feeling Gallo and company figured out how to compress and focus their stories.

August 10, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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Mr. Gallo, for his part, is content to decorate a fairly conventional, intermittently entertaining crime chronicle with a bit of skin and a soupçon of pop sociology. There must be other ways to learn about pornography on the Internet.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Kind of a mess.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comment (1)
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This very well-acted, often amusing and dirty-minded hard-R film still stands out in a sea of market-driven blandness.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Middle Men is an anxious film, but not in a good way, in that it doesn't generate suspense so much as dread.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Inspired by the reputed experiences of the film's producer, Middle Men casts its protagonist in a suspiciously flattering light... Fortunately Wilson brings enough dark and disreputable shades to the character for the film to work.

July 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Save yourself the trouble of watching it and just check out Goodfellas instead.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

Considering the naughty subject matter, Middle Men is a shockingly dull affair.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

...a film that can't make up its mind what it wants to be: a comedy, a melodrama, a crime thriller, or a documentary.

January 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (2)
Movie Metropolis

Trust me when I say there is too much story here for a film that runs just over 100 minutes.

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source:

If it weren't for James Caan's shyster Las Vegas lawyer, the whole, um, pornucopia would be a complete waste of time. Best to think of this as Middling Men.

September 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Indie Movies Online | Comment (1)
Indie Movies Online

What could have been a complex portrait of a flawed man dealing with the perils of success ends up far less interesting.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Sex, Lies And MasterCard. An irreverent, strictly behind the scenes tabloid peep show about those thankfully unsung guys who perpetrated the online porn revolution, without ever taking their clothes off.

August 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Purple Revolver

Luke Wilson's terrific performance renders an uneasy hybrid of crime drama, comedy and ecommerce far more compelling than it otherwise would be.

August 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Hampered mightily by Luke Wilson's casting, Middle Men has energy and some sleazy fun around its edges, but critically fails to locate a sincere lasting feeling, be it titillation or trepidation.

August 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Pretty much proffers everything you can want in a film based on the upstart company that brought porn to a computer screen near you.

August 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

With outstanding performances from a brilliant ensemble cast, Middle Men turns out to be wickedly entertaining with some of the best acting you will see all year.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Back Stage | Comment (1)
Back Stage

Far from a classic and won't tug at your heartstrings, but it manages to be captivating from top to bottom with a refreshingly sharp and funny screenplay, a great ensemble cast and a lively soundtrack.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Middle Men spins one heck of a yarn, so crazy it must be true.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

There's too much Scorsese-izing, and all the characters with the exception of Wilson and Ramsey's illicit lovers look as if they were drawn by a fifteen-year-old.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Zealously nasty fun which, surprisingly, ends on something of a note of upbeat grace and familial redemption...

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Middle Men

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December 28, 2012

Super Reviewer

Money. Sex. Murder. Greed. Corruption.

A good movie based on a true story. The movie plot is quite interesting and the director picked some good decent actors to play the parts. Ribisi and Wilson were great. Ending was excellent!

In 1995, everyone had a VCR, music was sold in record stores, and the world-wide-web was a new found discovery. Businessman Jack Harris (Luke Wilson) had the perfect life a beautiful family and a successful career fixing problem companies. Then he met Wayne Beering (Giovanni Ribisi) and Buck Dolby (Gabriel Macht), two genius but troubled men, who had invented the way adult entertainment is sold over the internet. When Jack agrees to help steer their business, he soon finds himself caught between a 23 year-old porn star and the FBI all the while becoming one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs of his time. Witness a story so outrageous, you won't believe it's true. A story that proves business is a lot like sex getting in is easy, pulling out is hard.
May 26, 2011
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Very well made independent film that is equal parts comedy, drama, and true to life's actually Boogie Nights and Social Network all wrapped up in one really good film. Great performances by Luke Wilson and Giovanni Ribisi (my fave). Even though it's about the porn industry, and there is lots of nudity throughout (be warned), it really has little to do with sex. Good movie!
May 21, 2011

Super Reviewer

Cast: Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, Gabriel Macht, James Caan, Jacinda Barrett, Kevin Pollak, Laura Ramsey, Rade Serbedzija, Terry Crews, Kelsey Grammer

Director: George Gallo

Summary: After spotting a big financial opportunity in the future of Internet pornography, straightlaced entrepreneur Jack Harris (Luke Wilson) enlists his pals Buck (Gabriel Macht) and Wayne (Giovanni Ribisi) to help him develop an online billing company specializing in adult entertainment. But as the firm takes off, Jack finds some unexpected kinks in the business of kink -- including mobsters, the FBI, con men and terrorists.

My Thoughts: "This is one of those films I went into without knowing nothing about it, just that it had a couple of my fav. actor's in it, that being Giovanni Ribisi and Luke Wilson. If they were not in this film and I had known what the film was about, I would have passed on it. I really could care less how porn came to be on the internet. But in the end it was a pretty good business flick. I was surprised at how well written and directed it was. Great performances from Luke and Giovanni. Like most great independent flicks, this one too got an unfortunate small screening. Which is a shame since so much crap gets shown in so many more theaters then independent films do. Great movie with comedy, drama, and I believe is a bit of a true story. Definitely recommended."
March 23, 2011

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    1. Wayne Beering: If I've learned one thing, it's that business is a lot like sex. Getting in is easy, pulling out is hard.
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