Even with its super cast, the slow-moving 'Mystery Men' falters in its attempt to spoof comic book heroes.
It is good that the film has charm, for after a certain point it doesn't necessarily have anything else.
| Original Score: 6/10
Witty comic-book story is edgy, with lots of potty humor.
| Original Score: 3/5
Hugely entertaining -- especially for those with a thing for superheroes.
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.
Fails to come up with worthy gags and one-liners for the able cast.
| Original Score: 2/4
An instant cult comedy that doesn't walk or talk like anything else out there.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
The Just-Us League of America
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.
So much time is spent in getting to know everyone, the jokes are few and far between when they should be fast and furious.
| Original Score: C+
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.
| Original Score: B-
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.
Director Usher should have spent a little more time in the editing room.
| Original Score: 2/5
...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
| Original Score: C
Stiller, Macy, and Garofalo are a joy to watch.
A desperately hit-and-miss affair.
As hip as this dud thinks it is, it's not fooling me.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The movie is so slow and so obsessed with its own jokes that it is ultimately disappointing.
This bunch achieves peaks of sublime nuttiness.
| Original Score: 4/4