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You Don't Mess With the Zohan Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 18, 2008
The ideas and some of the individual bits in Zohan work, but the crudeness of the execution undermines the results.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 15, 2008
The worst thing about the film is not that but the constant, feeble sexual innuendos with which Sandler saddles himself.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
August 15, 2008
This is a silly, crass comedy about a badass Israeli commando who secretly longs to be a hairdresser specialising in 1980s stylings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 15, 2008
You Don't Mess With the Zohan is a rude and routine Adam Sandler farce with some exceedingly sharp lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 15, 2008
Another sloppily concocted and naggingly non-controversial pretext for Sandler to pelvic thrust his way though a succession of increasingly wacky fish-out-of-water situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
July 18, 2008
Zohan is both exponentially stranger than Larry and about twice as amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 20, 2008
Things work out, of course, to everyone's satisfaction: there are a few political gags that have a veneer of audacity, but in essence, the movie takes risks only with its audience's gag reflex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 16, 2008
This moviegoer has no trouble with lowbrow comedy. The problem with Zohan, however, is that it's like a kid who tells you a silly joke, gets a laugh, and immediately tells the same joke again.
June 16, 2008
I'm all for politically incorrect humor, but there has to be humor in the political incorrectness, and I didn't get it here.
June 9, 2008
Director Dennis Dugan knows his way around shin-whacking slapstick, and Sandler is mesmerizing.
June 6, 2008
It's a difficult feat to manage irony without antecedent, so rather than opt for knowing caricature -- like, say, Adam Goldberg's The Hebrew Hammer -- Zohan mostly opts for empty farce: topical humor for people unfamiliar with the topic.
June 6, 2008
This is one of those movie ideas that leaves you wondering what other ideas, exactly, were rejected in favor of this one, on the grounds of being too lame.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
June 6, 2008
Zohan's a shallow character even by Sandler's standards, a bunch of crotch thrusts in search of a laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 6, 2008
You Don't Mess With the Zohan is as messy as comedies come. Much of it, though, is an inspired, hilarious mess.
June 6, 2008
If one-note jokes that drag on too long or are worked into the ground aren't enough to trigger comic nausea, then perhaps the myriad uses of hummus will do the trick in You Don't Mess With the Zohan.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 6, 2008
There's a lot to be said for consumerism as a salve for historic wounds. Of course, there's also a drawback to our free market ways -- we get shoes made in China and movies like You Don't Mess with the Zohan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 6, 2008
It is simultaneously a little bit vulgar and a little bit sentimental and comes out as a virtually bullet-proof blend for the mass, summertime audience.
June 6, 2008
What might have been an ambitious effort becomes another lousy Sandler movie, endless and tiresome with a handful of funny moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 6, 2008
You can tsk-tsk Sandler's penchant for dumb, crass humor all you want, but there's some meaning behind his madness. Is there nothing more human, more humbling, than the idea of smelly feet?
June 6, 2008
The result is another flabby comedy that gets its biggest laughs from thinly-covered penises and bare buttocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 6, 2008
Sandler and his crew -- Judd Apatow was a credited writer -- can't take this movie marriage of ambition and apathy down the aisle.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 6, 2008
The direction by Dennis Dugan is flabby and dull -- like most of the hacks-for-hire who end up bringing a Sandler opus to the screen, and whose chief qualification seems to be the ability to shout 'Great, Adam! Great!'
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 6, 2008
How much you like this will depend upon your appreciation for repeated jokes about hummus, gays, Zohan's crotch and his fondness for older women.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 6, 2008
His humor works best when it's throw-away, but Zohan throws everything up to get a yuck. It's a shock to see how many 'yuck!' moments Sandler settles for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 6, 2008
Essentially, You Don't Mess With the Zohan isn't all that different in tone and sensibility from Sandler's previous films, but he's really trying in this one, and the effort pays off.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 6, 2008
Not that You Don't Mess with the Zohan is meant to be taken seriously, nor is it meant to be an intelligent discussion of world politics. But even as a zany comedy whose backdrop kinda-sorta happens to have some heft to it, it falters.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 6, 2008
Evidently there's something even harder to pull off than Middle Eastern peace: a steady run of jokes that deserve our laughter -- if You Don't Mess With the Zohan is an indicator.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 6, 2008
You mess with the Zohan at the risk of your own IQ. But anyone who realizes or cares about such hazards has likely crossed the movie off the to-see list already.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 6, 2008
Zohan coasts on its premise far more often than it fulfills it. But these days, you take your laughs where you find them. It's a pretty good scattershot comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 6, 2008
Sandler works so hard at this, and so shamelessly, that he battered down my resistance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 6, 2008
Though a bunch of the jokes are milked too thin, there are some absurdly goofy sight gags, and a lineup of fun, silly cameos by guests from Chris Rock to Mariah Carey.
June 6, 2008
If You Don't Mess With the Zohan isn't the bravest movie ever made about current Arab-Israeli relations, it's at least the bravest movie ever made about current Arab-Israeli relations featuring a former Mossad agent who shags Lainie Kazan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 6, 2008
Unless you find words like 'baba ghannouj' inherently hilarious, the nearly two-hour running time proves to be a punishing length.
June 6, 2008
Mess with The Zohan if you like, but be prepared for the consequences. This picture is to comedy what carpet bombing is to aerial warfare: The onslaught is so relentless that occasional direct hits on the funny bone are a statistical guarantee.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 6, 2008
Given the missed opportunities for sharpening silliness with satire, it's impossible not to mess with the Zohan.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 5, 2008
If silliness equaled greatness, You Don't Mess With The Zohan would instantly join Citizen Kane and It's A Wonderful Life high atop the pantheon of great American films.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 5, 2008
Let me be blunt: You Don't Mess With the Zohan is the finest post-Zionist action-hairdressing sex comedy I have ever seen.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 5, 2008
More annoying than the crassness, really, is the directorial sloppiness — which results in a virtually mirthless first half-hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
June 5, 2008
While Zohan purveys the familiar Sandler mix of Jewvenile humor and geriatric love, it's less about a manic manchild than it is a raunchily wholesome message movie that deploys stereotypes in order to smash them.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 5, 2008
Crude, idiotic, ridiculous -- in other words, flat-out hilarious, and Sandler's funniest film in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 5, 2008
In the end, the movie feels as if it exists only to display the Sandler's biceps.
June 5, 2008
It says something generally about the acting when Mariah Carey, playing herself, is as good or better than just about everyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 4, 2008
A genial, hit-and-miss return to the ridiculous for Adam Sandler.
June 4, 2008
Zohan is a mess and then some.
June 4, 2008
Forget Monty Python, You Don't Mess With the Zohan is a circus that never really flies.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 4, 2008
For all its perceived shock value, all the concern that a comedy about conflict in the Middle East would offend just about everyone imaginable, You Don't Mess With the Zohan is really rather conventional and familiar.