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The Men Who Stare at Goats Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 6, 2010
All in all, Goats would have been groaningly familiar, even back in the 1960s.
November 9, 2009
It's a disappointment.
November 9, 2009
Everyone involved seems to have had a pretty good time, but this one looks like it was more fun to make than it is to watch.
November 6, 2009
The narrative flips and flops ruin the comedic flow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 6, 2009
If this is what a Hollywood liberal conscience looks like, it's a glib and useless thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 6, 2009
This is grizzled, wild-eyed Clooney, not the suave sophisticate, and it's a nice change of pace.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 6, 2009
Caution: Staring at 'The Men Who Stare at Goats' may result in your falling down laughing, courtesy of a devilishly smart script, subversive japery and a flawlessly funny cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 6, 2009
It seems too much a privilege to be chuckling in the theater about psychic warfare while the unfunny business of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan continues.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 6, 2009
Heslov directs for the first time in a career that, I pray, will consist of one movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 6, 2009
Clooney and Bridges model an assortment of wigs and facial hair as they labor to put across their outsize characters.
November 6, 2009
Feels less like a transcendental breakthrough than a bit of conjuring misdirection. Fun trick, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 6, 2009
At its best, Goats maintains a giddy Dr. Strangelove-via-the-Coen-Brothers vibe.
November 6, 2009
The sense of emotional detachment keeps things feeling smooth and low-key, but, as is clear in the film's last few scenes, the playful tone shades into the simply trivial, which in the setting doesn't quite play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 6, 2009
The picture lacks discipline and focus at times, but it's fun despite the chaos, although a wandering-in-the-desert scene goes on far too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 6, 2009
A likable, lightweight, absurdist comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 6, 2009
Definitely a film for those looking for something off the beaten path, though the lack of a more defined plot keeps this from being a must-see film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 6, 2009
It probably sounded funny on paper, and yes, onscreen, there are a few moments of deadpan wackiness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 5, 2009
There's no doubt we need more movies for grown-ups, with jokes that don't hit us over the head, but The Men Who Stare at Goats doesn't fit the bill. At best, it might hypnotize you into a stupor.
November 5, 2009
There's not much of a story here. All that energy, all that enthusiasm and all that self-generated propulsion are about one thing: distracting us from realizing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 5, 2009
You may wonder if this screen version of the book of the same name is as unfunny and strangely mushy as it seems, but trust your instincts.
November 5, 2009
If there doesn't seem to be enough story here to make a movie, seeing the film's practiced farceurs at work can't help but be amusing. A lot more fun, all things considered, than trying to will yourself through a wall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 5, 2009
The yarn unravels without ever identifying its satirical targets. Is it a lampoon of peace-and-love mysticism? A critique of militant war-for-profit privateers? Ultimately, it's a shapeless wad of goat cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 5, 2009
The Men Who Stare at Goats doesn't stay with you long, but it's good fun while it lasts.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 5, 2009
This is the anti-Hurt Locker experience: Where that Iraq War film was absorbing and deadly serious, The Men Who Stare at Goats is irreverent and lighthearted.
November 5, 2009
The Men Who Stare at Goats has a glorious good time satirizing the extravagant lengths to which the military and intelligence establishments will go if they think there's a payoff at the other end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 5, 2009
What had been a slightly quirky satire becomes first a wild comedy, then an impassioned exposť. Taking itself too seriously (and treating the military as a joke), it quickly begins to unravel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 5, 2009
You can't make this stuff up, but you can botch the telling of it, and that's what sinks this satiric drama based loosely on a 2004 nonfiction book by London-based journalist Jon Ronson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 5, 2009
It's ... two-thirds of the way to being awesome. Had Heslov eased back a bit, Goats might've made it the rest of the way.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 5, 2009
It's hard to resist a satire, even when it wobbles, that insists the most unbelievable parts are the most true.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 5, 2009
The closer you look at The Men Who Stare at Goats, the better you see that its shaggy coat is covering some pointed truths.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 5, 2009
Equal parts "Dr. Strangelove," "Three Kings" and a Hope/Crosby "Road" picture.
| Original Score: 3/5
November 5, 2009
The Men Who Stare at Goats is a premise in wait for a movie -- the pilot episode for a TV series that got canceled before it got cooking.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 5, 2009
It actually doesn't matter if the book is truthful. It doesn't claim the paranormal powers are real. Ronson simply says some officials thought they might be -- and that if they were, we had to get there first. The movie is funny either way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 5, 2009
For a movie that searches constantly for a consistent feel, sometimes within the same scene, The Men Who Stare at Goats is remarkably entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 5, 2009
It's broad and yet realistic, silly and yet never exhuberantly goofy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 4, 2009
The Men Who Stare at Goats is a magical-realist sitcom war farce that ends up being about nothing but its own slovenly smugness.
Full Review | Original Score: F
November 3, 2009
The Men Who Stare at Goats is a comedy, and I laughed quite a few times while watching it, but that sobering reality almost makes me want to cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 3, 2009
What's mildly exasperating is that there is an actual quest involved: The Men Who Stare at Goats goes out to the desert in search of its tone-and never finds it.
November 3, 2009
In fits and starts, director Heslov captures a lot of the drolly incredulous spirit of the book. It's just too bad the dots don't connect better.
November 2, 2009
Clooney gives it everything, but what does he get in return? A void where the story is meant to be.
September 16, 2009
Intended as a farcical antidote to big-screen bores about Afghanistan and Iraq, it's twice as pompous and endlessly tedious.
September 11, 2009
At once optimistic about what the military could do if it replaced its guns with flowers, and cynical about what the non-believers and opportunists can - and did - do to that dream
Read More | Original Score: A+
September 9, 2009
With material like this, one would have liked a more incisive comedy to materialize around the decline and fall of the New Age movement.
September 9, 2009
A serendipitous marriage of talent in which all hearts seem to beat as one.