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½ February 22, 2017
what a stupid fuckin movie hah
February 1, 2017
It's good movie to watch
January 20, 2017
Strange "comedy" never turns into anything other than that. On Blu-Ray.
½ November 18, 2016
This film was adorable! "The silence of the goats." Jeff Bridges in his element.
½ November 14, 2016
I would've rather stared at real goats than watch this. The movie has no point to it, other than to say that at one point in recent American history, there might've been American soldiers who were trained to be lethal psychics. That concept never makes it as a legitimate movie.
½ September 29, 2016
A little better than I expected. A heartwarming story of some goofballs and their strange ideas and beliefs. Funny how Ewan McGregor gets to play a Jedi again in his acting career. I wonder how the Star Wars people felt about that. Some likeable characters in funny situations in warzone Iraq. Funny disclaimer at the end of credits: "...The filmmakers ask that no one attempt walking through walls, cloudbursting while driving, or staring for hours at goats with the intent of harming them...invisibility is fine."
½ September 5, 2016
Based on a true story? You decide. But quite amusing to watch while you think about it.
½ August 16, 2016
Reporter Bob Wilton is in search of his next big story when he encounters Lyn Cassady, a shadowy figure who claims to be part of an experimental U.S. military unit. According to Cassady, the New Earth Army is changing the way wars are fought. A legion of "Warrior Monks" with unparalleled psychic powers can read the enemy's thoughts, pass through solid walls, and even kill a goat simply by staring at it. Now, the program's founder, Bill Django, has gone missing and Cassady's mission is to find him.
½ June 23, 2016
Being a "Star Wars" fan, it's surprising that much of the allusion to the Jedi culture is used to explain a psychic spy branch in the United States Army, of all the strange things the military could ever do. It shines with such a premise that seems zany yet believable, and many cast members who run the gamut from serious to outrageous. The film sets itself apart from other out of this world experiences by separating itself from the usual war parody genre by providing a misunderstood alternative. This is why several scenes will lose its viewers, but it's a puzzling experience never meant to be solved.
June 18, 2016
Not for everyone. It takes a certain level of enlightenment to appreciate this movie.
May 29, 2016
One of those movies you wanted to see because of the trailer, and when it's not exactly how you wanted it to be, you're either really disappointed or like it more than you thought you would. My brain feels both ways.
April 20, 2016
Its not new in Hollywood to present bland silliness and satire packaged with utmost seriousness, 'The Men Who Stare at Goats' comes off initially as a potential winner from this genre. While it had the necessary humor and a stellar starcast capable of enacting that, the script neither reaches the edginess it should have nor pushes the boundry to make this movie memorable.

Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) is a journalist by profession and going through a professional and personal crisis that he is so desparate to get out of. When he meets Gus Lacey (Stephen Root) and hears about the US Army's 'New Earth Army' that deals with parapsychology and psychic capabilities trained by Bill Django (Jeff Bridges), he knows that he encountered the story he has been waiting for that could get him out of his crisis. He meets Lyn Cassady (George Clooney) by chance in Iraq and tags along with him into wilderness to cover a 'mission' in action.

George Clooney and Jeff Bridges have played goofy characters in the past - 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' and 'The Big Lebowski' respectively, a little disappointed that they don't share enough screen space. However it was more than compensated with some crackling chemistry and impeccable comic timing between McGregor and Clooney. While the writers, director and editors succeed in setting up an interesting plot taking cues from disjointed real events, the audience would be stuck in a never ending wait for the stakes to go up. Kevin Spacey does a character he has done a thousand times over and seems to have sleepwalked it. The production values are excellent all thanks to the big cast it boasts of, though the quality of humor is great, the jokes are a little too few and far to get wholesome entertainment. Though the director Grant Heslov is not new to Hollywood, it is still his debut of directing a major Hollywood feature and does a decent job.

Watch it for the satire, crackling chemistry and comic timing between Clooney and McGregor. Feels like a meal that finished with just the appetizers.
½ April 18, 2016
really good, funny, smart movie. watch it, it's really worth it.
March 10, 2016
I seriously can't believe how much people overlooked this movie. As a very judgmental film critic, when I say I really like a movie, I mean it. A news reporter (played by fake, but cool American accent McGregor) meets Clooney, and the laughs keep coming. But not laughs like side-splitting, more like constant giggles and snickers. Which this has so far been the only movie to do that for me. Hilariousness is portrayed in subtlety. Magnificent, and not only that, but seeing 4 of my favorite male actors play morons is just awesome. So if you like Clooney, Spacey, McGregor, and Bridges (a.k.a. The dude) not watching this movie would mean missing out on what I think was the funniest movie of 2009 (Sorry Hangover fans)
½ February 21, 2016
Exeptionally terrible, avoid at all costs
January 1, 2016
Saw this movie when it came out. I thought it was funny.
½ December 31, 2015
Very funny and assured throughout.
½ December 24, 2015
This is real government program
November 6, 2015
George was awesome and yeah
Super Reviewer
November 3, 2015
A mildly funny satire that seems to borrow from the Coen brothers' humor and has some very fine and vigorous performances, but after halfway through it starts to lose its comedic charm and ends with a disappointing, quick and easy wrap-up.
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