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Tusk is pleasantly ridiculous and charmingly self-deprecating, but that isn't enough to compensate for its thin, overstretched story. Read critic reviews

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A U.S. podcaster (Justin Long) ventures into the Canadian wilderness to interview an old man (Michael Parks) who has an extraordinary past, and the American learns the man has a dark secret involving a walrus.

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Michael Parks
Howard Howe
Guy Lapointe
Guy LaPointe
Douglas Banks
Kill Bill Kid
Kevin Smith
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Jennifer Schwalbach
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Nate Bolotin
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Nick Spicer
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James Laxton
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Critic Reviews for Tusk

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (59) | Rotten (73)

  • 'Tusk' opens with the sound of two men laughing at their own jokes, so I guess a doff of the cap is due to the filmmaker for encapsulating his movie so efficiently, right from the jump.

    June 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Justin Long and Johnny Depp join the "Clerks" director for a weird, unpredictable movie that still feels like only Smith could have made it.

    October 28, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Parts of it are funny, parts are suspenseful and parts of it - to put it mildly - are hideously awful. Horrible may be a better word than horrific.

    October 16, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Nice as it would be to herald Tusk as a return to Smith's bold early period, the movie has a lurching tone and an airless atmosphere.

    October 16, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Smith has always had a weakness for protracted dialogue, and in Parks he has a fitting muse.

    October 10, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • I thought this was a really pointless exercise.

    October 10, 2014 | Rating: 1/5

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  • Jan 09, 2016
    I've been somewhat ambivalent about most of Smith's career but I love the fact that he's going down this increasingly bizarre and unexpected road. This movie obviously isn't going to work for everyone, but I honestly knew I wouldn't care how bad it was, I just had to see it. And really, it's not that bad. It's too comically bizarre to be bad.
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  • Jul 29, 2015
    It's a good idea but handled shoddily, then Johnny Depp turns up and manages to make everything even worse.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • May 19, 2015
    If this film accomplished anything, it's allowing me to gain the self control I never had to not punch the screen (mostly Justin Long's face). Tusk is a disastrous film that bears nothing worth while for the duration of the entire film. It has one of the corniest stories I've ever seen, all the characters are unredeemably repulsive, the dialogues were likely written by a 5 year old, the acting was even worse to begin with, I don't know how Smith even allowed this film to be released at all. Smith never fails to disgust me as a self proclaimed film director.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2015
    "Is man, indeed, a walrus at heart?" Though it's not a good movie, Tusk proves to be the best film Kevin Smith has made in years. It's insanely bizarre and horrific, but oddly captivating in a strange sort of way. The story follows a podcaster named Wallace who answers an ad by an elderly man wishing to trade stories of his exotic travels, but he turns out to be a serial killer who captures Wallace and begins to surgically transform him into a walrus. Both Michael Parks and Justin Long give incredible performances and really commit to their roles. The problem is with Smith's storytelling and directing, which is inconsistent. And the ending doesn't really work. Yet despite its weaknesses, Tusk is a fascinating horror-comedy that's perversely entertaining.
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