The Amateurs (The Moguls) (Dirty Movie) Reviews

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Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 10, 2007
Do not waste your time with The Amateurs.
Jeff Otto
ReelzChannel.com
February 9, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Brian Orndorf
DVDTalk.com
January 30, 2008
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 | Original Score: C-
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
December 6, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 6, 2006
This film proves that a superb premise and a terrific ensemble cast aren't enough. Writer-director Traeger simply gets it completely wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 22, 2010
An uneven and unimaginative sex comedy about small-town losers.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Dennis Lim
Los Angeles Times
December 7, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 20, 2008
...ultimately finds itself unable to hold the viewer's interest for more than a few minutes at a time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine
May 6, 2006
An amiable enough micro-caper which offers savoury titters over out-and-out laughs without ever living up to the concept's comedic potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Leyland
BBC.com
May 6, 2006
A miscalculated mix of sleaze and schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ben Walters
Time Out
May 6, 2006
If there's something hypocritically coy about a sex comedy without sex (let alone a porn industry without victims), there's also something refreshing about the characters' unabashed good nature -- at least until the grievously saccharine finale.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 27, 2006
Never less than watchable, thanks to its superb cast, but it could and should have been so much better. A sadly wasted opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
January 29, 2008
The only burst of creativity is the number of euphemisms Traeger has for pussy ("fruit cup" was my favorite)
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Chad Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
December 7, 2007
Potential laughs are largely lost due to the one-note nature of the characters.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 6, 2006
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
December 6, 2007
As a writer, Traeger is consternatingly adolescent and glib.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
December 7, 2007
The Amateurs has been shelved for a number of years because -- just a ballpark guess here -- it's not funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 11, 2007
A strong ensemble cast spruces up a weak script in this trifle...the little picture that, ultimately, doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: C
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
December 13, 2007
A sleazy, uninspired, pathetically unfunny sex farce.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 13, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Robert Koehler
Variety
June 19, 2008
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