There's a crumb of an idea to setting a movie at a mega-mart that makes the Office Space cubicles look like executive suites, but the results in Employee of the Month are toothless.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Directed by Greg Coolidge with the flair of a training video, Employee of the Month turns work into a game and love into a sporting event.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
Reasonably entertaining, though probably better as a DVD rental.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
You're bound to have more fun working overtime than watching Employee of the Month.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Rarely has an actress exuded such blank nothingness as Simpson, a one-woman vapid delivery system who sucks the energy and joy out of every scene she's in, like some freakishly well-endowed black hole.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
[Cook's] enthusiasm for speeding through a bulk-item megastore in a race to please his corporate masters might endear him, anecdotally, to Hollywood producers and executives, but it's sad and never very funny.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Just like a real job, Greg Coolidge's workplace comedy Employee of the Month offers long, slow stretches lightened by a few laughs and some oddball characters.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Lest anyone mistake this for a Marxist tract, there are additional riffs on Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, fat people and the developmentally disabled.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
There's a great Office Space-style satire to be made about big-box stores screwing their working-poor employees, but Hollywood studios covet DVD rack space at those same stores.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Employee of the Month is a comedy as vacuous and tacky as the discount big-lot stores it imagines it is spoofing.
David Hiltbrand - Philadelphia Inquirer
Mostly the film just rattles annoyingly along like a shopping cart with a jiggly wheel.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Employee of the Month had the opportunity to be a great satirical workplace comedy. Instead, it balked at the challenge and relegated itself to the romantic-comedy basement.
Annemarie Moody - Arizona Republic
Pic's midsection, with the increasingly likable Zack threatening to overcome Vince's early lead, is unexpectedly funny and involving.
Robert Koehler - Variety
Attention, comedy shoppers: The marked-down movie Employee of the Month has more laughs than most of the name-brand products.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Whatever that 'it' is that comic screen stars have, Cook doesn't have it. The timing isn't there, the sparkle, the Ryan Reynolds sneer. He's just bland.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
The aggrieved employee movie genre is one of the more puzzling fads of late, since it showcases every vile prejudice and low standard imaginable.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
it's simply too depressing that people sat in a boardroom, read this script and said, 'We're ready to go!'
David Gilmour - Globe and Mail
The wry, character-driven humor picks up enough momentum to carry it through to the checkout desk.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Jessica Simpson, Dane Cook, Dax Shepard and colleagues will not be in the running for Hollywood's employee of the month for their new comedy.
David Germain - Associated Press
There are people who think Cook is funny, but you won't find any evidence of that here.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
This may be a just-for-fun comedy, but that shouldn't mean that it must entirely disconnect from the world.
Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times
Quite frankly, it makes perfect sense that Employee Of The Month is a terrible comedy - there's no one funny involved.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Predictable, crude comedy aimed at teens.
Jane Boursaw - Common Sense Media
Brian Gibson - Film School Rejects
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
This vapid, laugh-lite romp won't satisfy anyone. Except die-hard Jessica Simpson fans.
Jamie Russell - Film4
...there's ultimately very little here to appeal to even the most die-hard Cook fanatic.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
So tossed-off and muddled it'll likely bore even the blue-collar male audience at which it's aimed.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
It's predictable and formulaic, with some slapstick, visual and toilet humour that may not have you falling in the aisles, but amuses in an undemanding way.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The latest in a long line of lowbrow slacker comedies of the Clerks persuasion, Employee Of The Month is funnier and smarter than most of its contemporaries.
Paul Arendt - BBC
saddest thing about this unpleasant, mirthless film is that it's photographed by Anthony Richmond.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Michael Dwyer - Irish Times
Basically, in the genre of workplace-based comedies, Employee of the Month is no Office Space, but it's nowhere near as bad as, say, Waiting, either. Watchable, but entirely forgettable.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A likeable cast is underused in this cut-price guy comedy with only the occasional laugh.
Anna Smith - Empire Magazine
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Amy is little more than a pretty face, undermining the film's female appeal and leading one to wonder if Dukes of Hazzard eye candy Simpson is becoming a trifle typecast.
Anna Smith - Time Out
Cook's creepy smirk is downright hypnotic. You keep staring at it, seeking to find the gears and flywheels beneath the flesh, but the harder you look, the less you see.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
refuses to go beyond shallow observations and silly slapstick, making for an ordinary outing when that should not be the case
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Keeps a smile on your face even though there are only a couple of actual laughs along the way.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Stocked with unfunny formula.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
By virtue of its title alone, is it too much to expect "Employee of the Month" to be something special, perhaps a cut above your everyday comedy? Shouldn't the jokes make that extra effort, as well as the cast?
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
The problem lies with the bland bombshell at the center and the overall sense that the filmmakers keep missing obvious comic opportunities.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
It's fun but a little too homogenized for its own good, beocming more likea very expensive sitcom pilot.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
Cook is the stand-up comic of the moment, although there's little in Employee of the Month to explain why he's currently one of the hottest names in comedy.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
It's a vanity project, and one that will be forgotten once the majority of MySpace users graduate high school.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
You have to hand it to filmmakers. They've recognized that not everybody who watches movies are millionaires.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
This may be a silly comedy, but the affable character playedby Dane Cook makes it worthwhile viewing.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Dax Shepard and Dane Cook elevate the relentlessly idiotic material that may mildly amuse only the most undemanding moviegoer.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
Carelessly moronic and dissolving. Overall, there doesn't seem to be much to the bargain-basement prices being brandied about in the staggeringly half-hearted Employee
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
The film's insipid, lazy humor sticks about as well as a wet, slippery noodle being tossed around for two hours.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Pink slip the Employee of the Month.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
For a movie about taking pride in your work, Employee of the Month is on a comedy coffee break.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
Even the title is not funny.
Tim Cogshell - Boxoffice Magazine
One can only imagine the smart, satirical spin that Mike Judge (Office Space) could have put on this run-of-the-mill comedy, which is surely destined for the 'reduced for quick sale' bin at Costco.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
Employee of the Month, which finds its comedic apex in watching cashiers scanning purchases, is disposable filmmaking, with its shelf life already up.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Coolidge knows he's making a slacker comedy, so he makes it as a slacker would: He doesn't try too hard for laughs, just enough to get by.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Head down, eye contact to a minimum, I repeated over and over to myself whenever Simpson was on screen: "Breasts, breasts, breasts, breasts..."
Brent Simon - FilmStew.com
Dumb, crude and surprisingly mean-spirited.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
First-time director Greg Coolidge packs his cast with quirky bit players, crisp physical humor that doesn't involve dented noggins and more than a few references that require you to think.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
You'll find 10-gallon drums of peanut butter and toilet paper by the case in the store. The only things that don't come in high volume are the laughs.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
I liked the movie thanks largely to Dane Cook and Dax Shepard. These are funny guys who really know how to (no pun intended) sell the material. And I bought it.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Stand-up sensation Dane Cook's shot at the big time is an uninspired comedy that works better as a vehicle for his costar, Punk'd's Dax Shepard.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
It's benign and flaccid, like a neutered dog's penis.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The battle has begun: let the best man with a scan-gun win. Okay, you know that it's a completely silly premise, but that doesn't mean it's a terrible movie (Okay, it's not a great movie, either).
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
It does have some good laughs and ought to be especially relatable to those who actually do pull pranks and tell dirty jokes to pass the time at minimum-effort, minimum-wage jobs.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
In one of the dumbest plot hooks I've ever seen, it's rumored that Amy always gets the hots for whoever wins employee of the month at the stores where she works. (Yes, it's sad, but true.)
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Cook serves up some tasty laughs but Employee of the Month feels processed.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
The essential comic premise is flawed. The idea that any woman, whether gorgeous or fugly, would give a d*** whether a prospective lover wins employee of the month is preposterous.
Fred Topel - Hollywood.com
Dave White - Movies.com
The question is will the old story work? If it's done well, sure, but not if it's too stupid or too full of cheap cliches, and fortunately, while it is close, it's not.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Employee of the Month is a stupid comedy. But it's not witless.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
We never love Zack or hate Vince enough to care about the outcome, and Amy is one-dimensional enough that a blow-up doll could've taken Simpson's place.
Peter Debruge - Miami Herald
At 103 interminable minutes, Employee Of The Month affords far too much time to contemplate the abundant plot holes and inconsistencies.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
This will never be the movie of the month, but you could do a lot worse at the multiplex.
Ruthe Stein - San Francisco Chronicle
The film is such humourless drivel it's depressing just to write about it.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
A surprisingly amusing -- albeit formulaic -- piece of fluff.
Stax - IGN Movies
There once was a time not too long ago when Dane Cook was a luminous comedic talent. With Employee of the Month, it looks like that era is over.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Employee of the Month knows it has a flimsy premise but it simply doesn't care. It's an agreeable comedy that makes its priorities clear: It wants to be funny at the expense of almost everything else.
Manny Lewis - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Before his transformation for the love of Amy, hero Zack's motto was 'Why bother trying?' That seems to have been the filmmakers' mantra, too...a bland, formulaic rehash.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Employee borrows Office Space's crushing-boredom-of-the-workplace vibe, but it's sunnier because these guys realize they don't hate their jobs as much as they thought.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A sort of blue-collar Office Space that sends up the dreary world of working at a discount store.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It doesn't take a lot to make me laugh, but Employee of the Month never got over my easy threshold.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
The only two onscreen items with any star quality belong to Simpson, and they're barely contained in shirts that seem to be holding on for dear life.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
I never thought I would have a kind word to say about Wal-Mart, but it deserves better.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
Simpson has the charisma and screen presence of a wet towel.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Cook's usual persona is annoying, but with his volume turned down here, he's even more of a zero.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Before Employee of the Month shoots itself in the foot with an immensely lame finale, the film does cash in with a few comedic bright spots.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Awful. If this doesn't kill Simpson and Cook's film careers, there is no God.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Frat boys and KKK members will surely love this.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Relentlessly unfunny; Cook and Simpson have a chemistry similar to the combination of bleach and ammonia.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy