MacGruber Reviews

  • A naughty throwaway in all senses of the word throwaway -- 90 minutes of talented performers doing and saying dumb, crude stuff in pursuit of an elusive laugh, in a disposable action-comedy...

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • A film that poses a philosophical question fundamental to our inquiry here, namely: "Why does this exist?"

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • You need a great character to make a bad thing good, and the action comedy MacGruber is sadly short on great characters.

    Ruth McCann — Washington Post

  • All thing considered, MacGruber is a lot better than it should be. That still doesn't mean it's all that great.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • To call MacGruber a total bomb is a bit much, but this comedy-action flick sure feels like it was put together with gum, shoelaces and a couple of sticky Twizzlers.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • MacGruber manages to move beyond sketch comedy dimensions, but at 99 minutes, it's still a reach.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • ... [succeeds] as a laser-sharp parody of all stripes of cliche-laden action blockbusters [and] as a consistently hilarious bad taste farce.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • The movie scores a few laughs with its startling use of bloody R-rated violence, and there are enjoyable turns by Kristen Wiig (as MacGruber's sidekick), Val Kilmer (as the international bad guy), and Powers Boothe (as the good guys' commanding officer)

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • MacGruber is by no means a work of genius, or a piece of art, or even very good. But Forte and company have managed to make crude and lewd dunderheadedness laugh-out-loud funny here and there, and that, I guess, is something of an achievement.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • How much mileage can a comedy get from a single joke? Quite a bit, judging from the guffaws-to-groaners ratio in MacGruber...

    Joe Leydon — Variety

  • There's a reason you've never seen the words "Will Forte" topping the billing of a major motion picture. After the throbbing flameball of unfunny that is MacGruber, you never will again.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • It's really funny for about 15 minutes, mildly amusing for 30 more and a bit of a bore for its other half.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Another one of those flicks where anything worth laughing at is contained in the commercials.

    Rob Salem — Toronto Star

  • The bibs and bobs are all in place, but the life-saving device never quite works as planned.

    Sam Adams — Salon.com

  • There's a conceptual flaw at this movie's heart: By the very nature of the sketch, MacGruber can't succeed on the big screen.

    Dana Stevens — Slate

  • While it would be unfair to saddle MacGruber with the "worst SNL movie of all-time" moniker (I can think of at least two that are more painful to endure), its place on the vaunted 2010 Worst 10 list is assured.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • A jerry-rigged contraption whose rubber-bands-and-baking-soda construction is lucky to work once and then fall apart.

    John DeFore — Hollywood Reporter

  • MacGruber breaks the jinx by putting the skit in the context of a 1980s action movie and creating its own brand of explosive lunacy.

    Peter Travers — Rolling Stone

  • While this jury-rigged exercise may not be an explosion of laughs, it's no dud, either.

    Robert Abele — Los Angeles Times

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