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The Yes Men (2004)

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 6

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A comedic documentary which follows The Yes Men, a small group of prankster activists, as they gain world-wide notoriety for impersonating the World Trade Organization on television and at business conferences around the world. The film begins when two members of The Yes Men, Andy and Mike, set up a website that mimics the World Trade Organization's--and it's mistaken for the real thing. They play along with the ruse and soon find themselves invited to important functions as WTO representatives.

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Feb 15, 2005

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A clumsy movie.

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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The Yes Men's political performance art is very funny and much care obviously goes into it.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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The Yes Men has its moments, but they're too few and far between to make us drop our Palm Pilots and dissolve into continuous laughter.

October 15, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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There are few things as satisfying as watching the wealthy, righteous, powerful or pompous get fully duped. As a result, there is a great deal of satisfaction in The Yes Men.

October 8, 2004
Detroit News
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The filmmakers include some good behind-the-scenes footage ... and have unfettered access, but the movie sometimes feels like one long college fraternity stunt.

October 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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The Yes Men feels padded at only 83 minutes, as if the footage had been stretched to fill the running time, but it gets the point across that humanity is sorely missing from the corporate world.

October 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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...the filmmakers don't have a solid plan for bringing the Yes Men's story to the big screen...

December 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

As activists, the Yes Men are about as effective as an article in the satirical weekly, The Onion, or any episode of Phil Hendry's radio show

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

Uproarious subversive documentary that targets the World Trade Organization.

October 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

As an activist art project, it works, but not as a film

April 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Chris Smith is the next great documentarian for mainstream American audiences to discover, and he richly merits a wide release.

May 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Low IQ Canadian

Bracingly engaging--simply because Bichlbaum and Bonanno are so likeable, hilarious, smart and provocative.

February 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

I wish the film had expanded its view... and yet what we get, while not much, is at least sufficient.

February 17, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

These guys are just plain good for our collective soul -- they're my new heroes.

January 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

There's definite entertainment value.

December 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Os atos dos Yes Men são hilários, inteligentes e ideologicamente admiráveis, mas o filme se revela desorganizado e pouco informativo no que diz respeito aos temas que critica.

December 7, 2004
Cinema em Cena

Jonathan Swift would be proud.

December 2, 2004 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A hilarious subversion of the World Trade Organisation - but better, perhaps, not to entrust such weighty issues to a couple of confidence tricksters.

November 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

The movie's humor, as these protesting pranksters make their points with deadpan delivery, hits its target more effectively than any bomb-thrower could.

November 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Think of a politicized version of the MTV show Punk'd and you're on your way to getting the idea of The Yes Men.

November 11, 2004
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

What we do see is unusually funny and sad.

October 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

While some scenes seem to have been re-created, any questionable authenticity is negated by the hilariousness of the film.

October 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

Apparently most people lose the urge to fight for justice somewhere between the frat house and the corporate cubicle.

October 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The film is amusing and at times informative, but it's also got an underlying self-importance that's a little condescending.

October 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Inspiring and shows just how far a couple of guys, a few computers, and a good sense of humor can go.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for The Yes Men

I quite like the idea of what the Yes Men did in this film but I'm not sure how successful it really was. I found their stunts to be a little bit too obvious, it is after all the final stunt that work the best, free of daft visuals and silly props. They are obviously clever guys, you can almost hear their mothers voices throughout saying 'They could have been anything they wanted'. No doubt they went to good schools and came from good backgrounds but I still like their style, it's all just a little too tragic to be funny. I did chuckle a few times at what they were saying but the complete lack of response from the people they were saying it to only added to the anti-climax. No wonder they called it a day after only a few stunts. Still, worth a look.
June 1, 2012
SirPant

Super Reviewer

The audacity of what The Yes Men were able to pull off is the saving grace of this film; a documentary that has way too many talking head moments with people on the fringes of the project.

The direction was rather slip-shod, as it appeared that moments of supposed humanity were interspersed into what would have been a rather tight narrative, and that said moments came across as flat and unnecessary.

Pare this film down to the first meeting with the costume designer, then a brief meeting with the creative team in Paris, before the first expose in Finland, and the focus becomes so much tighter.

I would recommend this film simply for the hilarious, and pointed satire of the WTO (that's world trade organization - and if you don't know what that is, then the film's point is already made, for it is the WTO, in large part, who dicate the policies that created the bank meltdown - that this film was done in 2003 shows how prescient the Yes Men were).

It's amazing to watch how much leeway and credence is given to someone speaking rhetoric out their ass, simply because they have some kind (and in this case totally bogus) of credential.
August 1, 2010
maxthesax
paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

Two self proclaimed activists impersonating representatives of the World Trade Organisation challenge accepted capitalist thinking in an attempt to set the world to rights. Or rather two smug middle class white American men stage a series of weak skits and juvenile parodies, claiming it "makes people think about the problems of the Third World" but in fact seems to be more about attention seeking and self-aggrandizement. Amongst their "hilarious" parodies are a lecture including a "management suit" which is a gold lame bodysuit with an enormous protuding phallus and a video showing a pipeline transporting the excrement of the west to create shit burgers for the Third World. Ho-de-ho. The main reason I can see for their audience not realizing that they're joking is because they display the level of wit of a ten year old and are just plain unfunny. They bother to produce some of the disturbing facts and figures of world capitalism at the very, very end but the rest of the film seems to concern itself solely with how "dangerous" and "heroic" THEY are. Whatever you think of Michael Moore's politics, his approach is invariably wittier, more insightful, more informative and most of all far more entertaining than this frat-style publicity seeking.
November 27, 2009
garyX
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Super Reviewer

Props to whomever wrote the summary for this and made it sound 100 times more interesting than it actually was. I have never seen pacing issues this bad in a documentary in my life, and the "payoffs" are horrible. Hope you like a ton of filler.
April 24, 2006
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