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Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Reviews

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David Jenkins
Time Out
December 30, 2006
Clearly intended to be viewed through a haze of marijuana smoke, it'd be against the law for us to recommend this film.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 27, 2006
[The Pick of Destiny] tries to make up in enthusiasm what it lacks in creative inspiration.
| Original Score: B-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 27, 2006
I found it mildly amusing. I didn't hate it.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 24, 2006
Begins with flatulence, ends with flatulence and is one big gaseous emission in between.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 24, 2006
Strictly for the tenaciously devoted.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 23, 2006
Even considering Black's prodigious talents, Pick gets tiresome way too quickly.
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
November 23, 2006
A daft, often uproarious rock opera that may become a cult favorite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 23, 2006
Black thrives in these grubby environs. His full-throttle bodily chaos makes more sense in movies done on the cheap than in blockbusters and polished comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
November 23, 2006
The bottom line: Jack Black rocks -- especially when he rocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 23, 2006
There's nothing heavy about this metal-loving comedy, and there's a lot that is good-hearted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 23, 2006
Once again, we have a movie that packs about 20 minutes of entertainment -- much of it involving the band's occasionally funny lyrics -- into a 90-minute package.
| Original Score: C-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 23, 2006
Manages to hold our attention for an entire 97 minutes, a feat that even metal bands with real Marshall amps are hard-pressed to accomplish.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 23, 2006
Nonbelievers need not apply. And that means you, Manilow fans.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
November 23, 2006
Fast and funny, and you can't beat the songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 23, 2006
Even if you're not a stoned adolescent, there's plenty to appreciate in Liam Lynch's loopy, cheerfully lowbrow comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 23, 2006
They were going for Crossroads. They settled for VH-1 Storytellers.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 23, 2006
Baked and half-baked.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
November 23, 2006
While fans of Black and Gass will be thrilled by their music and antics, you can walk in knowing nothing about the band and still be entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 23, 2006
If thou wouldst rock tonight, thou couldst rock mightily tonight at Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 23, 2006
Gass and Black should have been given a few more chances to go completely bonkers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 23, 2006
The movie feels giddy and eruptive, dopily enthralled with itself, and more or less made up on the spot, especially when it lapses into pure rock opera.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
November 23, 2006
It's pointless to nitpick a film this ostentatiously loose and loutish, but in the film's execution much of that spirit just comes off as lazy and careless.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 23, 2006
I can understand [Black] wanting to make King Kong, but Nacho Libre was a dismal affair and Tenacious D isn't much better.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
November 22, 2006
Too many slack moments and gratuitous chase sequences kill the momentum.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 21, 2006
The movie lags on occasion, but it also has quite a few laughs.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 21, 2006
This jolly rock n roll comedy, sprinkled with amusing one-liners and hilarious sight gags, is a spinoff from the short-lived HBO comedy series starring Jack Black and Kyle Gass.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
November 21, 2006
The script, written by Black, Gass and director Liam Lynch, packs in gag after gag (and cameo after cameo), but there's not enough dramatic impetus to keep it from becoming a drag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 21, 2006
The Pick of Destiny is often hard to resist because Gass and Black are playing such amiably clueless losers. But for the real-life performers, satirizing stupidity is a dubious achievement we'd like to see them outgrow.
| Original Score: B-
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
November 21, 2006
Jack Black's constant mugging and eyebrow wriggling reaches an obnoxious new low in the awkwardly titled Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny. He is brash and loud, as his pupils bounce around their sockets like pinballs.
| Original Score: 1/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 21, 2006
My advice: set aside the money you would have spent on a ticket toward buying the soundtrack. That way, you can get all that's moderately good about Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny without having to endure the substantial bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 21, 2006
Most of the movie farts along at the level of a Wayne's World sketch.
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Jim Harrington
San Jose Mercury News
November 21, 2006
Far from a hit, Tenacious D probably will do just fine on the midnight-movie circuit.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
November 21, 2006
Tenacious D is utterly harmless and totally pointless. Black and Gass have been at this so long their dirty little joke has all the punch of a Catskills routine.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 21, 2006
The plot pings along energetically, and if it rarely makes much sense, it usually finds the shortest distance between two jokes. Like a dumb but infectious rock song, you can't really justify loving the movie for any serious reason.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Daniel Gray Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 21, 2006
... the funniest movie musical since South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut ...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 21, 2006
Less rocking on and better jokes would have made Tenacious D seem more than just tenacious.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
November 21, 2006
Although some jokes and songs are recycled from the band's back catalog, the movie contains plenty of new material, a mix of killer tunes, monster laughs and savvy references.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 21, 2006
Even with Jack Black's eyebrows and a musical showdown with the devil, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny is kind of a whiff.
| Original Score: 2/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
November 17, 2006
A comedy sketch, painfully prolonged to movie length.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
November 3, 2006
In terms of comedies aimed at the dazed and confused, Tenacious D is hardly the pick of the litter, but it litters enough laughs in its wake to do more than just blow smoke.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
October 30, 2006
[It] isn't as fresh or weird as the short films that made Tenacious D cult heroes but does capture enough of their spirit to please fans.