The Men Who Stare at Goats Reviews

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January 23, 2020
Like a standup comic whose jokes keep falling flat, things are never quite as funny as screenwriter Peter Straughan may imagine.
October 25, 2019
Sufficed to say, the film seems to lose its way somewhat at the halfway stage, and despite the talent and genuinely out-there material, The Men Who Stare at Goats doesn't quite fulfill its promise.
October 11, 2019
Such a slight confection of a film that the efforts of an A-list cast are undercut by its meandering existence and pointless final act.
August 22, 2019
This is one of those you-had-to-be-there comedies, where you feel the actors end up having more fun than the audience.
August 22, 2019
The Men Who Stare At Goats is trying to be a smart, black, satirical comedy... Yet on the other hand, it's still trying to be a mainstream Hollywood movie. And whenever the two impulses come into conflict, Hollywood wins.
November 1, 2018
The madcap nature of the story turns into a lame commentary on corporate commercialism.
May 15, 2018
Given the source material and the endless possibilities, it's surprising that the movie has ended up with so few belly laughs.
April 10, 2018
While not a perfect film, one thing's for certain: We can expect a great future for Grant Heslov and George Clooney collaborations.
January 17, 2018
Save your money and, more important, your precious time.
March 5, 2014
It's Heslov's sarcastic, assuming tone, not the actors, that makes Goats so intolerable, and it begins immediately with the opening credits.
September 24, 2012
Even at a brief running time of 87 minutes, the film feels stretched, leaving you as "the person who blankly stares at the screen"...until it's finally over.
February 18, 2012
November 17, 2011
September 30, 2011
The oddity of its subject matter can't quite find a suitable groove between weird believability and preposterous put-on.
February 3, 2011
A genuinely funny film packed with acting talent (...) well worth 90 minutes of anyone's time.
January 31, 2011
although Clooney's charm factor helps Cassady rise above the caricatures created by the rest of the cast. ... it won't necessarily elevate a mediocre film into one worth watching.
October 21, 2010
The Men Who Stare at Goats makes [True Lies] seem like a sensitive and balanced take on American/Middle Eastern relations.
July 6, 2010
All in all, Goats would have been groaningly familiar, even back in the 1960s.
July 4, 2010
The film aspires to the kind of quirk the Coen Brothers do so well. It delivers quirk in droves. It just stops short of the big yucks.
May 12, 2010
The slapstick is broad and the jokes are scattershot, but the satirical digs at the self-delusion directing much of American foreign policy are well aimed.
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