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Mystery Men Reviews

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
July 15, 2010
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.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 21, 2004
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.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
This bunch achieves peaks of sublime nuttiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Simon Houpt
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Surprisingly, this spoof's heart is genuinely warm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
A funny, funky superhero spoof with an amusing premise, a lot of clever gags and a super-hip cast.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
A kiddie-level clunker!
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Could use a little more brain, and a little less spleen.
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Rod Dreher
New York Post
January 1, 2000
This year's The Avengers.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Stretched far too thin for its meager plot, broad characters and lame running jokes.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
An overproduced summer bombast.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
This droopy action comedy saps Hollywood's best comic actors of their superpowers.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Once the team is assembled, Mystery Men kicks into high gear, with a steady blast of sophomoric humor that rarely lets up.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Call Mystery Men a sketchbook in search of a movie; it's still a super idea in a summer of flackery.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
All of the technical credits are first-rate!
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San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
Tremendous fun!
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Crafty, witty.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A long, shapeless, undisciplined mess!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Formulaic but fun!
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
A loud, frenetic, fitfully witty spoof of super-hero sagas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Mystery Men begins terrifically, then dwindles away to overextended ordinariness in its action sequences.
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Gary Dauphin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Sharp, imaginative.
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January 1, 2000
Hip and consistently funny!
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
A good example of what happens when a movie becomes what it should be jabbing.
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Sean Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A snarky, wise-cracking spoof!
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
It's the details that make Mystery Men such a goofy good time!
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
An effort you end up admiring more than completely loving.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
A refreshing, oddball summer entertainment with a sharp sense of humor.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Mystery Men isn't just clever - it's genuinely funny, as well!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4