• R, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Michael Traeger
    In Theaters:
    Feb 6, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 12, 2008
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The Amateurs (The Moguls) (Dirty Movie) Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An uneven and unimaginative sex comedy about small-town losers.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

October 22, 2010
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

ultimately heartwarming and humorous enough to merit a recommendation

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 23, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...ultimately finds itself unable to hold the viewer's interest for more than a few minutes at a time.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

June 20, 2008
Brian Orndorf
DVDTalk.com

Amateurs had all the potential in the world to be a charming, oddball delight, but it's a mess. A horrible mess. Albeit a horrible mess with some big laughs and the evergreen presence of Jeff Bridges.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: C-

January 30, 2008
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

The only burst of creativity is the number of euphemisms Traeger has for pussy ("fruit cup" was my favorite)

Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: C+

January 29, 2008
Marc Mohan
Oregonian

All this star power goes for naught in Traeger's film, which tries to blend bucolic sweetness with juvenile let's-make-a-porno jokes.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

January 18, 2008
Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
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It ranges from awkward to excruciating.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1/4

December 14, 2007
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The chief virtue of Amateurs is that it gives many talented people (Valerie Perrine, Judy Greer, Lauren Graham, Tim Blake Nelson) a scene or two in which to shine.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This sort of thing was done much better by the British years ago in The Full Monty and Calendar Girls. There's really no call for an American rehash.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 13, 2007
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A sleazy, uninspired, pathetically unfunny sex farce.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: D

December 13, 2007
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A strong ensemble cast spruces up a weak script in this trifle...the little picture that, ultimately, doesn't.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C

December 11, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Do not waste your time with The Amateurs.

December 10, 2007
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

The Amateurs has been shelved for a number of years because -- just a ballpark guess here -- it's not funny.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 1/4

December 7, 2007
Chad Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

Potential laughs are largely lost due to the one-note nature of the characters.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

December 7, 2007
Dennis Lim
Los Angeles Times
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There are no laughs to be found in writer-director Michael Traeger's would-be comedy The Amateurs, but there is one big mystery: how actors of this caliber could have been convinced to take part.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

December 7, 2007
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com

It's just not much fun to watch first time director Michael Traeger aim for Capra-esque comedy and wind up closer to crap.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 3/5

December 6, 2007
Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
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As a writer, Traeger is consternatingly adolescent and glib.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 6, 2007
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com

The Amateurs turns out to be a mini-classic of sweet vulgarity, much in the vicinity if not the exact class of the recent spate of the Judd Apatow canon.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 5, 2007
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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You'll notice that the actors are way overqualified for this nonsense. But the kick they get out of one another is what pulls you in.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 7, 2006
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

How embarrassing to see an actor of Jeff Bridges's calibre giving his all in such a terrible film. It's a lame comedy which raises only a few facetious groans.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 1/5

May 6, 2006
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