Magic Mike Reviews

  • Magic Mike has a conventional structure, yet a teasing question percolates beneath: If selling yourself is as much fun as this movie makes it look, what could be wrong with it?

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • A smoothly distilled collaboration that balances Mr. Tatum's heat and charm - and ambitions that are as transparent as Mike's - with Mr. Soderbergh's cool, cinematic intelligence and ongoing preoccupations.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • An entertaining workplace comedy with a dark (and well-oiled) underbelly and some predictable romance to leaven the raunch and swagger.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • It's a nicely balanced blend of comedy, drama and athletic dancing that plies its trade with winking, unforced self-assurance.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • "Magic Mike" is so much better than it needs to be that it's sick.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The few moments wherein Magic Mike calls American institutions into question are undercut and overshadowed by the film's dated insistence on the dream of legitimacy.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • Director Steven Soderbergh makes sure his movie about male strippers is packed with pecs. But there's plenty more beneath its well-oiled surface.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Tatum, whose talents have been the subject of debate, also makes Mike genuinely affecting, not to mention articulate within the bounds of a sketchy script.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Steven Soderbergh's funny, exhilarating, down-and-dirty celebration of a different breed of costumed superstud...

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • Soderbergh has created a spicy yet lucid, surgingly high-energy yet smartly modernistic musical.

    Richard Brody — New Yorker

  • "Magic Mike" starts as fun and grows steadily darker; Soderbergh and cast tell a realistic, vivid story.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Purest corn, "Magic Mike" nonetheless has a human pulse and a sense of humor to go along with its willingness to entertain.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The dance numbers, choreographed by Allison Faulk, are inventive and athletic, but not really erotic; Soderbergh never lets you forget that, for these men, dancing is above all a job.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • A weirdly guilty pleasure.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • It's a lighthearted girls' night out movie and a funhouse mirror turned on American sexual attitudes and economic anxieties.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • What Soderbergh and producer/star Tatum are shooting for here is a portrait of a subculture, and that portrait crackles with energy.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Like any good strip tease, the film has a way of clouding your judgment. Though it may not have you throwing dollar bills at the screen, it is likely to leave a smile on your face.

    Barbara VanDenburgh — Arizona Republic

  • Tatum, Soderbergh and team appreciate the real reason audiences showed up, and the film provides just enough character and plot to validate the plentiful pecs and abundant buns that serve as its main attraction.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • Steven Soderbergh's breezy dramedy serves up something for every taste.

    Sara Stewart — New York Post

  • Magic Mike may carry a big shtick, but it speaks softly in unexpected ways.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

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