“It's Raining Men”
“More Like Tragic Mike Than Magic. A Shame.”
“Awesome Movie...Something For Everyone...including The Guys.”
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
It's a well-handled, engaging, lightweight picture.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
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
Does a better job of mixing Chippendales-style guilty pleasures with reality-based cautionary tales than you might expect.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
"Magic Mike" has much in common with previous Soderbergh efforts in that it glides along at a terrifically entertaining pace.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
Soderbergh's direction - he's also the cinematographer - is largely loose-limbed, the film enlivened with bravura moments, including a decidedly spacey, eye-twisting orgy scene near the end.
James Adams - Globe and Mail
I think "Magic Mike" is a fascinating film, one of [Soderbergh's] best in recent years.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Half wish-fulfillment fantasy, half after-school special, Magic Mike is in many ways an unserious movie -- but like many of Soderbergh's slicker entertainments, it's not without its moments of substance.
Dana Stevens - Slate
Magic Mike is an allegory and its appeal lies in part in its message. You don't have to be a stripper to recognize what the filmmakers are saying.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Arguably the raunchiest, funniest and most enjoyably nonjudgmental American movie about selling sex since Boogie Nights, its obvious if considerably darker precursor.
David Rooney - Hollywood Reporter
[Tatum is] just mesmerizing: confident, creative, acrobatic and, above all, seductive. `Cause that's the whole point.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Though Tatum's moves will put butts in the seats, it's his blues that brings a surprisingly dramatic twist to all that sweaty flesh.
Steven Snyder - TIME Magazine
The first part of the film is raunchy fun, but Magic Mike slowly degenerates into a simplistic cautionary fable.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
If filmmaker Soderbergh had paid as much attention to relationship dynamics as he does to dance number mechanics, this film would have gotten closer to living up to the magic in its name.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
The sexy mischief and the darkness and the earnest character beats all fit together in one terrifically entertaining, perfectly pitched success.
Meredith Borders - Badass Digest
Raucous, funny and disgracefully entertaining.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
Some wildly entertaining dancing (and stripping) underscores several impressive performances.
Tom Glasson - Concrete Playground
Musings on the nature of capitalism wrapped in a very pretty package ... Magic Mike is a film for adventurous audiences of all persuasions.
Catherine Bray - Film4
Steven Soderbergh has made a movie that works as both intimate character study and party film.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Magic Mike takes a familiar story and transforms it into something modern, unique and beautiful to look at (and I'm not just talking beefcakes, here).
Kofi Outlaw - ScreenRant
Engaging and sensitive
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
I never imagined that I would see The Full Monty re-envisioned by the Oscar winning director of Erin Brokovich and Traffic. But yup, here you have it: Steven Soderberg has created his stripping opus.
Adam Ross - The Aristocrat
Magic Mike is far from perfect, but that's the fun. Whether you think Soderbergh is winking at the audience or the movie is "so bad it's good," Magic Mike is one heck of a good time at the movies.
Jonathan Lack - We Got This Covered
It's good to have another Soderbergh movie, and one that's completely different from anything he's done before. But beneath the magic, "Mike" is ultimately meh.
Justin Craig - FoxNews.com
A vanilla panorama of beefcake for rent
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Soderbergh lets scenes develop in a raw, natural way that makes the stripping scenes hilariously entertaining to watch
Rich Cline - Contactmusic.com
It's "Showgirls" for girls, but with its camp knob tuned to a much more tolerable and skilled frequency... It's pretty awesome
Witney Seibold - CraveOnline
Magic Mike is just fun, and it's fun because it's good.
Annlee Ellingson - Paste Magazine
I was gunning for Showgirls only as Show Boys. Instead director Steven Soderbergh did something normal and classy, which are two words I associate with his other films and did not want to describe this film.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
Reigning men on a physical, philosophical and psychological level, Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike also completes the transformation of Channing Tatum from mumbling toy-boy to thinking man's beefcake.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
As Mike, Tatum is a pillar of integrity, a hard-working stud with his eyes on the end game.
Fiona Williams - sbs.com.au
What works in the movie are its cast, locale, and unique milieu. We're shown the behind-the-scenes workings ... the same way we become privy to the workings of wrestling in The Wrestler, although it's obviously much, much more fun being a stripper.
CJ Johnson - ABC Radio (Australia)
... the director, the unpredictable Steven Soderbergh, gives the cliches a surface gloss of credibility.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
...the meandering atmosphere [is] eventually (and perhaps inevitably) exacerbated by a reliance on eye-rollingly hackneyed elements and plot developments.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
After its overly drawn out introduction (featuring far too much stripping), the movie rushes in its final stages.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
The crotch fireworks from the dance sequences are huge but once they settle the plot is as thin as a piece of material going up a male exotic dancer's backside.
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
You go to see seven spectacularly formed male bodies but the movie turns out to be all sculpted, too. Soderbergh's best film since Erin Brockovich
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
Come for the half-naked hunky guys, stay for the expertly crafted story and gorgeous direction. No, I said "direction", now get your mind out of the gutter.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
Thankfully, there's enough of a decent story shoe-horned in between all the gyrations and abdominal close-ups to keep Magic Mike from turning into an unofficial update of The Full Monty.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
Magic Mike is solid if slight, with some good laughs, interesting characters and career-best turns from Tatum and McConaughey.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Magic Mike isn't going for heart like The Fully Monty; it's going for titillation, with a small side of post-GFC commentary if you care to look.
Alice Tynan - The Vine
Magic Mike works with a Boogie Nights-esque structure, showcasing a glowing cash-strewn catwalk empire before eventually urinating all over it.
Luke Buckmaster - Crikey
Magic Mike features great performances from Tatum and McConaughey; it's well guided by the assured directorial eye of Soderbergh but the slavishly conventional resolution made me keep the larger bills in my pocket.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
The boy can move, and, in news that will be only barely significant to much of the audience, can act pretty well too.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
On the scale of chick flicks, Magic Mike is probably a 10, combining large quantities of male stripping action in a nightclub setting and a soppy romantic tale
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Plenty of entertainment value and some titillation especially for female audiences, even if it does not quite provide the orgasmic hit we crave
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Dropping dollar bills on a bank loan officer's desk is more humiliating than tucking them into a dancer's G-string in this wily crowd-pleaser...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Gah, bare flesh pecs on screen drool cup need quick!!
Eric Henderson - WCCO.com
Tatum elevates to star level with this performance. He gives his all (and his clothes) to the energetic stripper routines, but he adds a surprising emotional punch to the drama.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Steven Soderbergh follows the by the numbers Haywire with a flashily choreographed but ultimately, emotionally flat look at the world of male strippers.
Mark Clark - What Culture
Go in search of hen-party diversions and you will be disappointed. Venture out in search of blotched, stylish pseudo-realism and you should be modestly satisfied.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
Certainly delivers on its promise to titillate but doesn't offer anything much different than the 1981 TV movie For Ladies Only -- audiences apparently still craving the same old song and lapdance.
Richard Knight - Knight at the Movies
The film isn't especially original and takes few real risks.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Steven Soderbergh's guilty-pleasure for sexually frustrated housewives fails to accomplish its modest thematic aspirations.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Easily the best film ever made about male strippers.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
When you realise how anodyne and banal the plot is becoming, it's a disappointment - but the plot is hardly the point.
David Sexton - This is London
It's a good behind-the-scenes film that becomes a little ordinary in the end. Loved Matthew McConaughey, though I'm not convinced he knew the cameras were rolling.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
But after a raunchy ad campaign will director Steven Soderbergh's strip show prove to be an entertaining expose or a disappointing cover-up?
Brian Henry Martin - UTV
It finds its charm not so much in originality as in sly dialogue; cinematography as slinky and energetic as its dance routines; and two very effective lead turns.
Hannah McGill - The List
While watching "Magic Mike," which plunges into the false glamour of male strippers, you search in vain for a reason why you're there.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
Director Steven Soderbergh lays bare this tragically empty existence populated by lost souls. And a lot of toned male torsos.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Magic Mike is raucous, often ludicrously indecent and quite likely to send home women home thinking they've just had the cheapest hen night out in history.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
Like all Soderbergh's best films, from sex, lies, and videotape onwards, Magic Mike is a kind of interactive text.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
It represents a triumph of Hollywood marketing, which has successfully presented it as the ultimate girls'-night-out flick. But is it a triumph for the director?
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
The cast are terrific. McConaughey's a law unto himself as the semi-crazed ringmaster and he gets his own show-stopping moment on stage.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
A magnificent hybrid of clever and comical that very few directors could pull off.
Francesca Steele - Sky Movies
Boogie (nights) wonderland.
Andy Tweddle - Little White Lies
A mess of Soderberghian devices so dense that it must surely be considered his definitive work.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
Impressively directed and superbly edited, this is a hugely entertaining drama with a strong script and terrific performances from Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey...
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
There's a lot more than banana hammocks and vigorous thrusting ...
Adam Smith - Radio Times
...meanders on and on and on with no place to go, or even pass through, interspersed with enough male pelvic thrusts to last several lifetimes.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
This is terrific entertainment with a sideline in wry melancholia and testosterone-fuelled philosophy.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Leonard Maltin - ReelzChannel.com
Less of a Saturday Night Fever and more of a Friday evening shrug.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
For all the titillation the stripping scenes may have for the film's core audience, Magic Mike also has a well-told story worth telling.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
It's not a major Soderbergh project, on paper, but it transcends every possible expectation, and his wrangling of the cast is so impressive that just about everyone comes out smelling of roses. Well, roses and baby oil.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
While (director Soderbergh) does fine work with what he's given, it ultimately amounts to little of substance. You may be able to pad a stripper's pouch but not this film's barely mediocre script.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
A traditional love story, combined with raunchy male stripping routines, makes for a strange combination, but it works.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A raunchy R-rated beefcake feast
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Channing Tatum makes great eye candy for the ladies but the plot of the movie is a downer.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Despite the tawdry strip scenes, Soderbergh has actually returned to his roots when he rocked the independent film scene with sex, lies and videotape.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
The closest thing to a crowdpleaser that [Soderbergh] has put his name to in a great many years.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The promised goods are delivered within reason...and Tatum and McConaughey provide enough sexy charm for the ladies and self-satirical charm for the guys that most viewers should be entertained.
Luke Y. Thompson - Nerdist
A late turn for would-be weightiness is as unconvincing as it is abrupt.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Shows some life onstage, but off is dull soap opera.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
The best movie about dudes disrobing since Brokeback Mountain.
Neil Smith - Total Film
Soderbergh walks the line and comes up with a film that is surprisingly fun and entertaining. "Magic Mike" is the kind of chick flick that morphs well into a date flick.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Soderbergh's talent cannot elevate this woefully shallow drama about the rise and fall of a pair of male strippers, which serves merely as eye candy for a select audience that only goes skin deep.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
Soderbergh colors freely in the margins and delivers a movie that's a little darker and a little deeper than all the glittery thongs would suggest.
Mathew DeKinder - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Soderbergh titillates the demographic, and does little else
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
The eye candy is worth every penny of your ticket price.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Tatum nails his role.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Richard Roeper - ReelzChannel.com
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
- Austin Chronicle
Too long and dramatically flaccid. It's well-shot and initially compelling, but ultimately suffers from style over substance.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Soderbergh and Tatum concurrently knock us out with some highly impressive moves both behind and in front of the camera.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
Strippers R Us: Channing Tatum brings everyman charm to Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
A fun, ribald time that's also a a nuanced take on a man who is all-too aware of what his life is missing.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
This is destined to be either embraced as "real" and "authentic" or condemned as lacking a certain erotic quality, especially in the man meat department.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
if McConaughey got any better at playing himself he might cause some sort of paradox.
Matthew Razak - Flixist.com
Soderbergh's film clears a new space for the playing out of human dreams and desires.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
Soderbergh wisely directs the film in the same vein as some of the great dark dramas from the 70's, like SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and (especially) THE GAMBLER.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
I'm just surprised the film wasn't shot and presented in 3D to take full advantage of all those oiled-up six pack abs and bare bottoms. (Full Content Parental Review also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Channing Tatum impresses by taking the stage flipping and gyrating for the screaming women in the audience. Chicks will love it!
Jonathan W. Hickman - Daily Film Fix
It's one of the year's best surprises, and so is its frequently underrated star.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Despite all these old chestnuts, Soderbergh turns in a fresh film. He's less interested in hitting the plot points as he is exploring the spaces between.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Soderbergh pulls out every trick in the book to make Magic mean something beyond its parade of shaved backs and tanned buttocks, but it's a lost cause, endeavoring to bring meaning to material best appreciated for its surface appeal.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
The unease builds imperceptibly, until what seemed ecstatic and liberating early in the film becomes profoundly disquieting. The precision with which Soderbergh executes this shift is astounding.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
If you're looking for a romance with 100 percent prime beefcake? Get your singles out and ready, ladies. "Magic Mike" is in the house.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Horrible. No story, overt homoeroticism, and the death-knell for McConaughey. Is this the same director who did the fabulous HAYWIRE?
Victoria Alexander - Film Festival Today
Director Steven Soderbergh uses every trick in the book to keep the movie visually interesting; the editing is particularly dynamic. But it's difficult to care about these characters.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
This movie is so cheesy and beefy they ought to sell it at Taco Bell.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
(Tatum) builds on the comedic goodwill he earned with this year's "21 Jump Street" and also proves himself one hell of a dancer.
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
Unlike Showgirls, the men are in on the joke, making all the Village People-inspired numbers hella fun.
Peter Paras - E! Online
When the lights are up, you've got both Tatum and McConaughey burning up the screen and an engaging love story that is well crafted thanks to a very talented director.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Eventually, 'Magic Mike' just peters out.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
This update on the sordid world of male strippers doesn't offer much in the way of an earth-shattering revelation, but it sure does provide some very enticing eye candy for the ladies.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
I expected more from director Steven Soderbergh. Surely the world of male erotic dancing has darker sides to explore, but then, why ruin a good strip tease?
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Works half a movie. The other half has too much Mike and not close to enough magic.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
If you're expecting any frontal nudity, you'd be disappointed. Although there is a quick shocking moment of a fluffing device, it's not like the frontal nudity in the last of the "American Pie" movies, or other R-rated movies. It doesn't go that far.
Michael Szymanski - Sci-Fi Weekly
...a near-miss, with a few good performances and enough power to hold your interest for a while before finally running out of steam.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
See it with someone you might feel like dry humping later.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
It's as if Soderbergh expects the film to mostly resolve itself, rounded out by the asses-in-the-seats appeal of the material, rote thematic underpinning, and ample charms of the cast.
John Semley - Slant Magazine
Cheerful stripper comedy is too sexy, mature for kids.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
It's medium-strength Soderbergh, which is better than the full-strength stuff most filmmakers can manage but not exactly the brand that keeps you coming back for more.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
What sets "Magic Mike" apart is that the hotness is equaled - occasionally even surpassed - by the humor.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
Once you get past the idea that "Magic Mike" is not the breezy, bawdy comedy of its marketing campaign, there's lots to like.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Magic Mike is sure to be one of the guilty pleasures of the summer. To paraphrase the old Dorothy Arzner movie: Dance, boys, dance.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
... they've got something really charming and smart here, and it deserves to be one of Soderbergh's biggest hits in years.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Magic Mike looks great, and Soderbergh's offhand approach to composition cuts through some of the cliches.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
It's guilty of some sleight-of-hand hokum, but in pulling the rug from under the norm, "Magic Mike" turns a trick.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
You can almost see director Steven Soderbergh at odds with himself, torn between making a mainstream film or a gritty indie, and ultimately doing neither.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
those weren't magic wands that those guys were holding, though many of the women at the screening I attended seemed inclined to disagree.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
I wouldn't say "Magic Mike" has gravitas, but Soderbergh gives it enough grit to keep it from turning into "Showgirls."
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Fans of beefcake won't be disappointed- but for everyone else, it's expertly staged and absolutely hilarious
Stephen Silver - EntertainmentTell
Tatum easily holds the screen whether's he's showing off those old hip hop moves or flustering female customers and loan officers. He's a hustler with a heart.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Soderbergh, Tatum and McConaughey strip this world of glitter and body oils. They let us know that for all the supposed fringe benefits, these guys work hard for the money...
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Soderbergh brings a surprisingly light touch to a movie that boasts heart and affection for its characters.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Soderbergh's creative shot composition and off-kilter pacing elevate some of the story's prosaic elements, but he doesn't take enough narrative or stylistic chances.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Riddled with show-biz cliches, stick-figure studs and re-heated ideas, Magic Mike thrusts its junk in your face despite having a very empty G-string.
Alonso Duralde - The Wrap
At the very least, it is exceptional and one of the best and most original pictures to come along in 2012.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
The film's portrait of self-delusion and gradual awakening makes for compelling viewing, even if it's eventually somewhat undercut by a pop-romance ending that seems undeservedly tidy.
Ian Buckwalter - NPR
Females rejoice! Your Avengers is here!
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
A movie in which the most nuanced performance is given by a body part has real problems.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
I really enjoyed the movie. Solid cast, great performance by Tanning and Soderbergh's style makes you feel at ease when you shouldn't. If you have a problem watching a movie about male strippers, pretend they're comedians, pretend they're magicians.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
Softer than expected but more involving than some may be anticipating, "Magic Mike" squeaks by on its own low-key, sneakily perceptive accord.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
While the ads are selling it as a romp (and crowds include Girls' Night Out groups), the movie turns in some grim but too obvious directions.
Rich Heldenfels - Akron Beacon Journal
...most interesting for Channing Tatum's performance and the way director Steven Soderbergh emphasizes an overall air of economic desperation.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
What takes this out of the category of fluff is the way the story is unaffectedly located in the reality of the economic struggles of the area and our time.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
If the final act of Magic Mike does become more of a straightforward morality tale, it's not without having established the particulars of the characters' motives.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
The dramatic cop-out, like the incomplete finish of a strip-tease, is a little disappointing...But the movie has its compensations.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
I could barely hear the dialogue for the screams of the women. I think they were women.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Target missed, opportunity lost.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Strange as it may sound, Magic Mike's male stripper money shots are less a celebration of Tatum and company's impressive pecs and abs and more the jaded reflections of an artist who's lost faith in his career choices.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Unexpectedly revealing. A funny and often sad portrait of temporary living, featuring some of its cast members' best work.
Matt Pais - RedEye
To say this is a movie about male strippers is to say Boogie Nights is a movie about porn. Steven Soderberg has delivered a mostly thoughtful, funny, beautifully edited story.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
A breezy, slyly noncholant romp through the world of male strip revue. The bold men of Mike leave it on the floor ... and by "it" I mean "your panties".
Brian Juergens - AfterElton.com
For those who want to surrender to a good time, let these well-drawn fellas and Soderbergh's attention to detail entertain you.
Randy Myers - San Jose Mercury News
For a movie about guys taking their clothes off, Magic Mike is rather tame, and rather dull. Magic it certainly ain't.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Shoulda been big fun, but a deadly combination of no script and a strange lack of sexiness renders this male-stripper tale an aimless, although very commercially calculated, bore.
David Noh - Film Journal International
Come for the stripping, stay for the high-caliber filmmaking.
Matt Patches - Hollywood.com
It's hard to think of a movie in which Steven Soderbergh has loved his characters as much as he does in "Magic Mike." The affection is contagious.
Tim Grierson - Gawker
McConaughey goes for broke, rolling and writhing on the stage while women grab at him and throw cash. I would've handed over my credit card.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
'Magic Mike' might be an exploitation picture, sure, but in the way 'Two-Lane Blacktop' delights car enthusiasts or 'Fat City' is for boxing fans.
Jordan Hoffman - ScreenCrush
What's probably most impressive about the work Steven Soderbergh does, directing from Reid Carolin's script, is that it's got the glitz and the heavy character study, without sacrificing either.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
Even when Magic Mike is skimpier than a g-string it soars on daring, as if Soderbergh asked himself who could possibly make a good movie from such offbeat material, answered "I can," and did.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
[It feels] curiously rudderless, its off-stage journey pale and enervated in contrast with the cheesy, ebullient dance numbers it makes room for.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
If Magic Mike doesn't quite attain the hedonistic stature of twin cautionary tales Boogie Nights and the campy Showgirls, it can't be faulted for wanting to satisfy on a deeper level.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
Soderbergh's most enjoyable film in a decade offers the same kind of raunchy and visual pleasures we derived from iconic tales like Saturday Night Fever and Boogie Nights, which also depict distinctive subcultures.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
By way of remarkable sleight-of-hand, Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike both is and is not the freewheeling, fun-loving, male stripper extravaganza its trailers peddle.
Mark Olsen - Boxoffice Magazine
Soderbergh gives the film a distinctive look and an almost verite feel that produces some effective sequences over the story's early stages.
John Hazelton - Screen International
A compelling character study not to be missed, if only to witness the gutsy, career performance delivered by the ever-improving Channing Tatum.
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
I know, you don't just want to make the male stripping movie, but if you fill your story with banal cliches, you might as well just make the stripping movie.
Fred Topel - CraveOnline