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Extract Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
September 8, 2009
There are so many good jokes packed in there.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 4, 2009
The entire cast, in fact, seems to be having fun, with Affleck and Koechner cheerfully stealing each one of their scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 4, 2009
There are some priceless character turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 4, 2009
It has all the ingredients for cult immortality and will likely live on long after this year's Oscar winners are forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 4, 2009
These days, it appears to be a rare gift to do comedy in a way that comes across as smart, but never superior or willfully crass. Bateman has that talent to spare.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 4, 2009
Mike Judge's Extract -- modest, no big deal but very savvy -- is the funniest American comedy of the summer.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 4, 2009
The result doesn't seem as fresh as Office Space, but Judge still comes up with enough laughs to deserve our attention.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
September 4, 2009
[Extract] resembles its titular foodstuffs: less a fully realized comedy than the distillation of one. The ingredients are there, and the recipe as well, but Judge evidently forgot that the whole dish still needed cooking.
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
September 4, 2009
A "sympathy for the boss" comedy could conceivably work, but Judge has neglected to supply the laughs this time around.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 4, 2009
This isn't a misanthropic picture; its true subject is the way love for our fellow human beings is so often thwarted by their actual behavior -- and still, stupidly perhaps, we just won't give up on them.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 4, 2009
Right in time for the economic downturn comes Extract, a smart and potently funny workplace comedy about running a small business just as small businesses get routinely run into the ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 4, 2009
Mocking an officious middle-manager is always fair game; ridiculing blue-collar workers who resent their mindless jobs just feels mean.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
September 4, 2009
Extract isn't an instant classic, but it bumps along agreeably, its humor culled from serial bad decisions, mock-romantic discontent and lots of spirited overacting ripe with good intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
September 4, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 3, 2009
Like Judge's first two live-action films, Extract seems destined to do minor business at the box office but achieve a kind of immortality as a cult DVD.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
September 3, 2009
Judge's gifts parallel those of his leading man. His plotting is full of funny, unpredictable moments but lacks the grating hysteria of the comic genre.
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
September 3, 2009
Mr. Judge has done better, more pointed work before, notably in the cult-favorite workplace comedy Office Space.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
September 3, 2009
A little morally perverse under the surface, as Bateman learns that one of the keys to happiness is an attitude of "Let them eat cherry-flavored cake."
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
September 3, 2009
While Extract is mildly amusing and a slice of a mostly working-class world that doesn't make it into comedy that much anymore, it's not completely convincing as a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 3, 2009
Bateman suffers under an ever-mounting pile of indignities with strained patience. Most viewers will probably view the fitfully amusing movie the same way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 3, 2009
Fitfully funny with a low joke-to-minute ratio, Extract plays like two irreconcilable and unfinished sketches, neither particularly fertile comedic terrain.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 3, 2009
Extract has its moments, but not enough of them. Think I'll go ahead and watch Office Space again.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 3, 2009
Judge may not have the workplace comedy down as smoothly as, say, Judd Apatow does with relationship comedies, but he has an ear for comical dialogue and an eye for a top-notch ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dan Zak
Washington Post
September 3, 2009
Extract may be the most disappointing American comedy of the decade, partly because it's jokeless and joyless but mostly because it squanders an all-star cast of superb comic talent.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 3, 2009
Mike Judge has become our most dogged examiner of middle-American foolishness; no other comedy filmmaker more skillfully exploits that nagging sense that you're surrounded by idiots.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 3, 2009
A mix of coolheaded cultural satire and anxiety-inducing workplace and marital shenanigans, Extract is an odd project. It's smarter than most of the comedies out there right now, but that doesn't necessarily make it funnier.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 3, 2009
There's classic screwball comedy lurking in this material, a cynic's recognition that the world runs crookedly. But the movie is logy and repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 3, 2009
Ten years after Office Space flopped in theaters, only to find the passionate following it deserved down the line, Extract finds Judge returning triumphantly to the workplace comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
September 3, 2009
Some will find Judge's politics liberal; some will suggest they're conservative; I would simply say that they're American, in the best possible sense of the word, and Frank Capra might have found a lot to admire in "Extract," even with the d--- jokes.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 3, 2009
That has the makings of a deliciously dark comedy, but Judge lets the premise simply drift away like a pothead's train of thought.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 3, 2009
Mike Judge's Extract has some huge belly laughs, a terrific ensemble cast and more than a few instances of inspired comic brilliance. So why doesn't the movie ever really take off?
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 3, 2009
A comedy need not be believable. But it needs to seem as if it's believable at least to itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 2, 2009
The problem with the film is that, as satires go, this one has blunt teeth. It's funny, but not as funny as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 2, 2009
Didn't Judge realize that Extract, with its plastic setups and one-dimensional harpies, plays like Kevin Smith remaking a bad George Segal comedy from 1978?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 2, 2009
A curious combination of workplace comedy and midlife crisis, it's not as good as [Judge's] best work -- the characters are too one-dimensional -- but the laughs are generous and genuine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 2, 2009
Extract is a real tour de force for Bateman, who finally has a big-screen role that plays to his Arrested Development strength -- a guy dismayed at how moronic those around him can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 1, 2009
Judge's characters are so one-note and their misadventures so ridiculous that it's hard to get attached to them or care about how they turn out.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
September 1, 2009
Here for Labor Day -- a comedy about the hilarity and heartbreak of running a small business.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 19, 2009
Not for a single moment does anyone in this film make a good decision. Consequently, you quickly catch on and easily anticipate the bad decisions before they happen.
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Justin Chang
Variety
August 19, 2009
The pic's attempts at comic portraiture feel sketchy at best, more or less assigning each character a single, belabored trait.