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Postal (2007)

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Average Rating: 3.1/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 38

An attempt at political satire that lacks any wit or relevance, Postal is nonetheless one of Uwe Boll's more successful films -- for what it's worth.

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Average Rating: 2.2/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 12

An attempt at political satire that lacks any wit or relevance, Postal is nonetheless one of Uwe Boll's more successful films -- for what it's worth.

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Notorious, critic-boxing director Uwe Boll takes the helm for this adaptation of the controversial video game that ignited controversy across the globe and is actually illegal to own in Australia and New Zealand. Dude (Zack Ward) is an unemployed slacker currently subsisting on Social Security until he lands his next job. Dude's uncle Dave (Dave Foley) is a cult leader currently in dire financial straits. When Uncle Dave hatches a plan to rip off a local amusement park, Dude sees the heist as

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Uwe Boll

Aug 26, 2008

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Convinced that Arab terrorists are inherently hilarious, and that shooting fish in the leaky barrel of American pop culture takes marksmanship, Boll is a boor, and a symptom of something sad and dehumanizing.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsday
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If this movie had been made by an unknown young director, a lot of critics would still be panning the movie for its inconsistencies -- but many others would be praising his courage.

May 30, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comment (1)
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Postal strikes me as marginally superior to Morgan Spurlock's merely boneheaded Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? But that's like saying Moe is smarter than Curly.

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comment (1)
New York Post
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It's hard to imagine a worse movie will come out this year, and yet Boll's growing notoriety has already earned the trailer millions of hits on YouTube. Ed Wood never had it so good.

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Postal is largely just a byproduct of Boll's self-promotion, rendering the film itself, in essence, beside the point.

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Infantile, irreverent and boorish to the max, Postal explodes with bad attitude and lousy filmmaking.

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The end result is a film that feels as though it's been conceived and executed by a third grader...

October 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Boll mistakes shock for satire and crudity for cleverness in this desperately unfunny, hopelessly clueless catalogue of the ills of America... that ends up rejoicing in what it believes it is sending up.

August 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

The second half of the movie is a mess with only light humor and some audacious bits to liven up the mood.

June 12, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

I guess you could call it a "satire," but it doesn't particularly care to take the time or energy to spin the satire in any meaningful way; it merely thunders over all its ideas like a rabid elephant.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Boll's self-inflicted dose of Schadenfreude is the only sure shot in this miserable misfire of a satire, which aims for "campy," but hits "crappy" instead.

May 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Is it funny? Not really, but it has isolated flashes of inspiration. Elsewhere, the film is a jumbled, needlessly violent mess, sloppily edited and feckless in its attempts at political satire.

May 29, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Almost worth watching because it's so unbelievably abysmal that you can't believe any filmmaker, let alone one as hated as Dr. Boll, would deliberately make light of such subjects in order to shock and offend.

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Fearlessness isn't inherently funny: Postal's touches of wit are lost in the flying body parts, gross-out gags, and the full frontal spectacle of Foley's no-longer-private parts.

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

In short, we have a trainwreck of a comedy that goes on far longer than you'd care to watch an actual trainwreck, trying too hard to be offensive the entire time and delivering its jokes with the timing of a 2-year-old with a mixing spoon and a soup-pot.

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Indeed, Postal is THAT kind of movie, one that substitutes rancor for real wit, that utilizes splatter when a few script rewrites would have worked much better.

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

What's wrong with Postal can be summed up pretty easily - it's a comedy that's never once funny.

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: The Deadbolt
The Deadbolt

Twice as violent and half as funny as anything resembling a good movie, it's still a hell of a ride

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

Imagine what "Catch-22" might have been like if it had been written by that creepy grade-school classmate of yours who was always talking about how cool it would be to stick a cherry bomb under that dead squirrel he found on the side of the road

May 22, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for Postal

I can imagine this is a highly controversial film in the US haha its laden with very dark black humour and is possibly more filled with satire than Robocop, at least satire thats strong for this time. Black comedy is an understatement, this is down right pitch and pretty strange too.

Much like a real computer game or the actual game (which I have never played by the way) there isn't really any story for this film, just a couple of guys who need to steal a ton of cuddly dolls to make money, one to escape his shit hometown the other to pay of a huge tax bill. At the same time the Taliban wants the dolls too, and of course to blow up the western world. Its very weird and doesn't make any sense really, its just a long gun battle with many many deaths and typical cliched characters, but that doesn't mean this is a bad film.

The little sequences where Bin Laden chats with Bush are actually very good and quite genius :)
Boll has strong opinions here ;) much like a Michael Moore film there are so many references like this strewn throughout and the ending pretty much sums up the whole feel of the film and the real world to a degree...scary :( Whats more scary is the beginning of the film with a quite close to the bone sequence of an airliner being flown into a skyscraper hmmm :(
The cast are all unknown virtually and do an OK job, the main lead Ward is actually pretty good as a everyday guy who slowly becomes a gun totting 'Mad Max' style vigilante. There are plenty of sexy girls, Boll makes a cameo defending his films as himself, but ends up getting shot in the nuts haha numerous bizarre deaths with little or no consequences, and that includes babies and kids getting blown away or run over, cops with no morales etc...its just your everyday GTA style computer game on the big screen.

In that aspect Boll has made a very good film which could be the closest thing to a perfect computer game adaptation, its close to source material, its clearly made for the right age group and hasn't been watered down and it does actually look like a free roaming GTA style game.
The fact that it doesn't really make any sense and has no meaning doesn't really matter...its a film based on a violent computer game which has no real point to it accept to run around and kill people.
Depends how you look at it.
Very clever in places with strong yet clearly comicbook/computer game style violence and probably Bolls finest hour so far.
February 9, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

Postal is a better film by director Uwe Boll. Postal is based on the controversial video game of the same name, and the film is politically incorrect. The film is pretty funny and does a good job at entertaining. Uwe Boll manages to direct a competent film, and it's not dreadful like Alone In The Dark, Bloodrayne, House Of The Dead and In The Name Of The King. A decent enough comedy with politically incorrect laughs to be had, Postal is a live action version of South Park.
June 10, 2010
TheDudeLebowski65
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Congratulations Toilet Boll! Postal absolutely sucks! This is a shocker. Oh wait, no it isn't.This film may only be loosely based on the video game by the same name, but this monstrosity is so crappy that it still gives the game a bad name. This movie is not funny, not entertaining, and much too long. Seriously, the 1 hour 40 minutes feels like an eternity.The movie is supposed to be wacky and over the top, but this film still goes nowhere. Boll's attempt at humor is executed poorly in a story with plot holes, which shouldn't matter, but they do anyway. Boll just continues to find ways to disappoint.Zack Ward is unimpressive, Dave Foley has full frontal nudity, and J.K. Simmons lowers his reputation just by taking a role in this abomination. At least there are a handful of scantily clad women to look at. Their acting, on the other hand, is also "scantily clad." To top it all off, Toilet Boll actually appears as himself. As if this movie isn't bad enough, but now his face appears on the screen and his voice is heard.Postal is a picture that fails at every turn. Avoid it at all costs and move on.
February 7, 2010
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JY Skacto

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    1. Dude: I'll do anything to get money
    2. Uncle Dave: Ok take me up the ass
    3. Dude: What?
    4. Uncle Dave: I'm just fucking with you.
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