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Middle Men Reviews

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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
August 10, 2010
I never got the feeling Gallo and company figured out how to compress and focus their stories.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 6, 2010
There's too much Scorsese-izing, and all the characters with the exception of Wilson and Ramsey's illicit lovers look as if they were drawn by a fifteen-year-old.
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
September 16, 2010
If it weren't for James Caan's shyster Las Vegas lawyer, the whole, um, pornucopia would be a complete waste of time. Best to think of this as Middling Men.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/10
Adam Keleman
Slant Magazine
August 11, 2010
Pretty much proffers everything you can want in a film based on the upstart company that brought porn to a computer screen near you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
August 5, 2010
A squandered opportunity to tell what may have been an interesting story.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
August 3, 2010
Packed with more voice-over narration than a docent's tour of the Metropolitan Museum, "Middle Men" is formulaic to a fault.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
August 5, 2010
The rise of online porn is simply the hook for a thoroughly rote mixed-up-with-the-mob drama that overdoes all the obvious cliches
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
August 6, 2010
Middle Men would be lucky to rise to the median of a list of the films released in 2010. It's actually pretty far below "middle."
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
August 5, 2010
So pushy and distracted it may as well have pop-up ads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brent Simon
Screen International
August 12, 2010
Hampered mightily by Luke Wilson's casting, Middle Men has energy and some sleazy fun around its edges, but critically fails to locate a sincere lasting feeling, be it titillation or trepidation.
| Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 6, 2010
[S]poradically satisfying... If this tale of rags to riches to major felonies has a familiar feel to it, it's that it feels Scorsese-lite...
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 29, 2011
...a film that can't make up its mind what it wants to be: a comedy, a melodrama, a crime thriller, or a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 4, 2010
Perhaps it's inevitable that this cranked-up drama wants it both ways.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 6, 2010
Middle Men is an anxious film, but not in a good way, in that it doesn't generate suspense so much as dread.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 6, 2010
Kind of a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 6, 2010
Mr. Gallo, for his part, is content to decorate a fairly conventional, intermittently entertaining crime chronicle with a bit of skin and a soupçon of pop sociology. There must be other ways to learn about pornography on the Internet.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
August 4, 2010
[Wilson's] phenomenal performance as a family man undone by sexual and financial temptation is more than this movie deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 6, 2010
Gallo's self-consciously overstated direction feeds the impression that he's trying to remake Goodfellas...can we all agree by now that the use of "Sympathy for the Devil" in crime pictures ought to be outlawed?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
February 10, 2011
Considering the naughty subject matter, Middle Men is a shockingly dull affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Bob Westal
Bullz-Eye.com
September 25, 2010
Trust me when I say there is too much story here for a film that runs just over 100 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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