Call Mystery Men a sketchbook in search of a movie; it's still a super idea in a summer of flackery.
Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly
Janet Maslin — New York Times
An overproduced summer bombast.
Susan Wloszczyna — USA Today
Once the team is assembled, Mystery Men kicks into high gear, with a steady blast of sophomoric humor that rarely lets up.
Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post
Mystery Men begins terrifically, then dwindles away to overextended ordinariness in its action sequences.
Jay Carr — Boston Globe
Gary Dauphin — Village Voice
Stretched far too thin for its meager plot, broad characters and lame running jokes.
Bruce Westbrook — Houston Chronicle
A kiddie-level clunker!
Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News
A good example of what happens when a movie becomes what it should be jabbing.
Steven Rosen — Denver Post
A long, shapeless, undisciplined mess!
Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times
Formulaic but fun!
Mark Caro — Chicago Tribune
The characters have been designed to make fun of themselves, disguising the craft of writer Neil Cuthbert and director Kinka Usher in getting us to laugh at them.
Lisa Alspector — Chicago Reader
A loud, frenetic, fitfully witty spoof of super-hero sagas.
Susan Stark — Detroit News
Hip and consistently funny!
Godfrey Cheshire — Variety
This year's The Avengers.
Rod Dreher — New York Post
A funny, funky superhero spoof with an amusing premise, a lot of clever gags and a super-hip cast.
Jay Boyar — Orlando Sentinel
A snarky, wise-cracking spoof!
Sean Means — Film.com
Could use a little more brain, and a little less spleen.
Robert Horton — Film.com
Surprisingly, this spoof's heart is genuinely warm.
Simon Houpt — Globe and Mail
This droopy action comedy saps Hollywood's best comic actors of their superpowers.
Stephanie Zacharek — Salon.com
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