An uneven and unimaginative sex comedy about small-town losers.
| Original Score: C
ultimately heartwarming and humorous enough to merit a recommendation
| Original Score: 3.5/5
...ultimately finds itself unable to hold the viewer's interest for more than a few minutes at a time.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: C-
The only burst of creativity is the number of euphemisms Traeger has for pussy ("fruit cup" was my favorite)
| Original Score: C+
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.
It ranges from awkward to excruciating.
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
A sleazy, uninspired, pathetically unfunny sex farce.
| Original Score: D
A strong ensemble cast spruces up a weak script in this trifle...the little picture that, ultimately, doesn't.
Do not waste your time with The Amateurs.
The Amateurs has been shelved for a number of years because -- just a ballpark guess here -- it's not funny.
Potential laughs are largely lost due to the one-note nature of the characters.
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
It's just not much fun to watch first time director Michael Traeger aim for Capra-esque comedy and wind up closer to crap.
| Original Score: 3/5
As a writer, Traeger is consternatingly adolescent and glib.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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.