MacGruber Reviews

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March 30, 2019
An action-comedy-thriller (although the term "dud" is better), MacGruber is based on a recurring American Saturday Night Live sketch -- a joke funny for 20 seconds, but not 99 minutes.
December 5, 2018
Any fans of satire who haven't checked out MacGruber yet, prepare to be converted into believers like the man himself when he finally uses a gun for the first time.
July 6, 2010
The whole thing is utterly tone deaf.
June 17, 2010
After a few promising opening gags, inspiration soon begins to fizzle out; the film ends up looking less smart than the material it's supposed to be parodying.
June 17, 2010
Despite the occasional laugh, strong performances from Phillippe and the ever-reliable Wiig and the most ridiculous sex scene since Team America: World Police, jokes that are funny within the first five minutes became stale at an alarming rate.
June 1, 2010
A film that poses a philosophical question fundamental to our inquiry here, namely: "Why does this exist?"
June 1, 2010
Some of these two minute sketches look a little thin at 87 to 92 minutes.
May 24, 2010
You need a great character to make a bad thing good, and the action comedy MacGruber is sadly short on great characters.
May 24, 2010
While it would be unfair to saddle MacGruber with the "worst SNL movie of all-time" moniker (I can think of at least two that are more painful to endure), its place on the vaunted 2010 Worst 10 list is assured.
May 24, 2010
MacGruber is by no means a work of genius, or a piece of art, or even very good. But Forte and company have managed to make crude and lewd dunderheadedness laugh-out-loud funny here and there, and that, I guess, is something of an achievement.
May 24, 2010
There's a conceptual flaw at this movie's heart: By the very nature of the sketch, MacGruber can't succeed on the big screen.
May 24, 2010
MacGruber alternates quick bursts of laugh-out-loud funniness with long dry stretches. It isn't exactly good, but for audiences in search of nothing more than a few silly chuckles, it should prove good enough.
May 24, 2010
Cut loose from the skit structure, screenwriters Forte, John Solomon and director Jorma Taccone seize upon a richer template, that of the ridiculous big-screen action-comedy refined by the Beverly Hills Cop movies.
May 24, 2010
The movie scores a few laughs with its startling use of bloody R-rated violence, and there are enjoyable turns by Kristen Wiig (as MacGruber's sidekick), Val Kilmer (as the international bad guy), and Powers Boothe (as the good guys' commanding officer)
May 23, 2010
... [succeeds] as a laser-sharp parody of all stripes of cliché-laden action blockbusters [and] as a consistently hilarious bad taste farce.
May 21, 2010
Today we dig anti-comedy, thinking that we discovered the joke, and director Jorma Taccone understands that odd tone of straight-faced, almost surrealist bluster.
May 21, 2010
While this jury-rigged exercise may not be an explosion of laughs, it's no dud, either.
May 21, 2010
The bibs and bobs are all in place, but the life-saving device never quite works as planned.
May 21, 2010
All thing considered, MacGruber is a lot better than it should be. That still doesn't mean it's all that great.
May 21, 2010
A naughty throwaway in all senses of the word throwaway -- 90 minutes of talented performers doing and saying dumb, crude stuff in pursuit of an elusive laugh, in a disposable action-comedy...
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