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Mystery Men (1999)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 103
Fresh: 62 | Rotten: 41

Absurd characters and quirky gags are brought to life by a talented cast, providing this superhero spoof with lots of laughs.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 10

Absurd characters and quirky gags are brought to life by a talented cast, providing this superhero spoof with lots of laughs.



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Movie Info

Based on the Dark Horse comic, Mystery Men. Seven lame superhero wannabes, who are called upon to use their dubious "powers" to save a bustling metropolis when Champion City's beloved real superhero-protector, Captain Amazing, is kidnapped. The wannabe heroes square off against the vile villain, Casanova Frankenstein, and his beautiful sidekick, Dr. Anabel Leek, as they try to stop Casanova's dastardly plot to take over the city.

Jan 11, 2000

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All Critics (104) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (41) | DVD (22)

The characters have been designed to make fun of themselves, disguising the craft of writer Neil Cuthbert and director Kinka Usher in getting us to laugh at them.

July 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Usher's amiable spoof of superhero movies takes a brave stab at rewriting the mythology from the inside out, with lots of witty, mildly subversive stuff.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Mystery Men is like its hapless heroes. It's a wannabe that has the best intentions -- including a pronounced anti-gun stance -- but none of the knack it takes to save the day, or itself.

February 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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This bunch achieves peaks of sublime nuttiness.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Surprisingly, this spoof's heart is genuinely warm.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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A long, shapeless, undisciplined mess!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (2)
Chicago Sun-Times
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Even with its super cast, the slow-moving 'Mystery Men' falters in its attempt to spoof comic book heroes.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

It is good that the film has charm, for after a certain point it doesn't necessarily have anything else.

May 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Witty comic-book story is edgy, with lots of potty humor.

December 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Hugely entertaining -- especially for those with a thing for superheroes.

July 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4

Fails to come up with worthy gags and one-liners for the able cast.

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source:

An instant cult comedy that doesn't walk or talk like anything else out there.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source:

How many laughs can you get out of a handful of one-joke characters? Well, if your ensemble contains the talents of Janeane Garofalo, William H. Macy, Hank Azaria and Ben Stiller, the answer is: a lot.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

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July 6, 2006 Full Review

So much time is spent in getting to know everyone, the jokes are few and far between when they should be fast and furious.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

If as a kid you ever put on a costume and imagined you were a superhero, you should have a perfectly good time with this movie.

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

Director Usher should have spent a little more time in the editing room.

February 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews

...better than sitting at home on a hot summer night watching the sitcoms. Or maybe it's exactly like sitting at home on a hot summer night watching the sitcoms

December 8, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Stiller, Macy, and Garofalo are a joy to watch.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A desperately hit-and-miss affair.

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

As hip as this dud thinks it is, it's not fooling me.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

The movie is so slow and so obsessed with its own jokes that it is ultimately disappointing.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Audience Reviews for Mystery Men

A wacky, silly occasionally hilarious tale of a group of unlikely superheroes who struggle to stay together after their leader, Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear) is taken, and a new villain (Geoffrey Rush) emerges as a legitimate threat to overrun their city with evil. The set designs perfectly match the acting, overdone and colorful, and even when the film veers all over the place, it still remains largely entertaining. However, the running time is much too long, there is no reason for a movie like this to surpass two hours. With that said, it is funny in spurts, and Ben Stiller's energetic performance is often enough to keep the movie watchable. Far from perfect, far from terrible, just an average little weird film.
August 30, 2013
Dan Schultz

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August 19, 2013
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Not the worst superhero movie ive ever watched however i wouldnt say its that great either! Its amusing in places but not enough for it to be honestly called a comedy! I don't like Ben Stiller as an actor and so he was the one i disliked most in this movie which isnt a surprise! Good cast in my opinion but not a great movie, watchable on a wet sunday afternoon whilst doing the ironing and catching glimpses of the actual movie!
June 11, 2012
Film Crazy

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A guild pleasure.
March 19, 2012
Lucas Martins

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    1. Spleen: [talks about his curse] I blamed it on an old gypsy woman who happened to be passing by. BIG! MISTAKE!
    – Submitted by Zach W (23 months ago)
    1. Mr. Furious: I don't need a compass to know which way the wind shines.
    – Submitted by Austin B (2 years ago)
    1. Shoveler: Don't start that again. Lance Hunt wears glasses, Captain amazing doesn't wear glasses.
    2. Mr. Furious: He takes them off when he transforms.
    3. Shoveler: That doesn't make any sense. he wouldn't be able to see.
    – Submitted by Racer L (2 years ago)
    1. Mr. Furious: [talking about Carmine the Bowler] Seems there was a little controversy there regarding your father's death.
    2. The Bowler: Yes, the police said he fell down an elevator shaft. Onto some bullets.
    3. Blue Raja: You know, I've always suspected a bit of foul play there.
    4. The Bowler: As have I.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Mr. Furious: Frack you later, Frankenpuss!
    – Submitted by Owen T (2 years ago)
    1. Shoveler: We've got a blind date with destiny, and it looks like she's ordered the lobster.
    – Submitted by Bryon S (3 years ago)
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