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The Men Who Stare at Goats Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 30, 2011
The oddity of its subject matter can't quite find a suitable groove between weird believability and preposterous put-on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Edwards
What Culture
February 3, 2011
A genuinely funny film packed with acting talent (...) well worth 90 minutes of anyone's time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Larsen
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gavin Bond
Sunday Times (Australia)
March 2, 2010
Despite this offbeat film's shortcomings, one can't help but admire director Grant Heslov and his influential pal Clooney in bringing to the screen yet another timely reminder of war's ludicrousness and ultimate futility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Colin Newton
Courier Mail (Australia)
March 2, 2010
The film meanders in a nonsensical way and never reaches a satisfactory conclusion. It's got a Coen Brothers edge to it and will leave many viewers scratching their heads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
February 27, 2010
It's more like a series of amazing anecdotes and crazy adventures than a fully formed story
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
February 27, 2010
Like its intriguing title, this 'more of it is true than you would believe' satire about US intelligence, psychic spies, hippies and super soldiers is a trip to the wacky side
February 16, 2010
Dancing With Goats
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Louis Proyect
January 1, 2010
Not a perfect satire by any means, but it does capture the insanity of our military using ESP as a weapon. Just one step ahead of Ronald Reagan using an astrologist.
William Goss
December 17, 2009
A nearly apolitical farce where Clooney's combination of wide-eyed lunacy and steely-eyed conviction mesh nicely ... and where Bridges is quite Dude-like in his hippie-dippie demeanor.
December 15, 2009
Sometimes the movie cannot get past being merely smile-inducing, but it's a gently funny story of belief in one's inner potential and in the general goodness of most people. I may forget I ever saw it, but I had a pretty good time nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 12, 2009
This outlandish, bizarre film is funny enough to keep your attention diverted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark R. Leeper
November 30, 2009
Through the whole film one has the feeling that the real story is just about to begin, but like the original military project, we go nowhere and nothing ever comes of anything.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
November 26, 2009
Psychic spies. Jedi warriors. Clooney delivers big time, but the story could have been better.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 20, 2009
Begins with the subtitle: "More of this is true than you would believe." It's the perfect beginning to a film that deftly combines truth and fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: A
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
November 13, 2009
A quietly wacky military satire good for scattered chuckles and laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 13, 2009
Not the acerbic, Strangelovian satire one might expect but a pleasant, good-natured film that adopts the happy hippy vibe of Bridges' far-out Vietnam vet...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 13, 2009
This story is a myth, but it is pleasant, gentle and funny. Like all myths, it reveals certain truths.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 12, 2009
A likable little movie that feels more indie than most indies, isn't afraid to shamble along, and, sadly, seems oblivious to the fact that it's in need of a bigger ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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