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
Mystery Men isn't just clever - it's genuinely funny, as well!
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
All of the technical credits are first-rate!
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
An effort you end up admiring more than completely loving.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Even with its super cast, the slow-moving 'Mystery Men' falters in its attempt to spoof comic book heroes.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
It is good that the film has charm, for after a certain point it doesn't necessarily have anything else.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Decent depiction of post-modern comic-book story.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Hugely entertaining -- especially for those with a thing for superheroes.
Fails to come up with worthy gags and one-liners for the able cast.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
An instant cult comedy that doesn't walk or talk like anything else out there.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
How many laughs can you get out of a handful of one-joke characters? Well, if your ensemble contains the talents of Janeane Garofalo, William H. Macy, Hank Azaria and Ben Stiller, the answer is: a lot.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
The Just-Us League of America
Shane Burridge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Usher's amiable spoof of superhero movies takes a brave stab at rewriting the mythology from the inside out, with lots of witty, mildly subversive stuff.
Derek Adams - Time Out
So much time is spent in getting to know everyone, the jokes are few and far between when they should be fast and furious.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
If as a kid you ever put on a costume and imagined you were a superhero, you should have a perfectly good time with this movie.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Mystery Men is like its hapless heroes. It's a wannabe that has the best intentions -- including a pronounced anti-gun stance -- but none of the knack it takes to save the day, or itself.
Steve Murray - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kate Manning - Palo Alto Weekly
Director Usher should have spent a little more time in the editing room.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Stiller, Macy, and Garofalo are a joy to watch.
Ron Wells - Film Threat
...better than sitting at home on a hot summer night watching the sitcoms. Or maybe it's exactly like sitting at home on a hot summer night watching the sitcoms
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
A desperately hit-and-miss affair.
Jonathan Romney - Sight and Sound
As hip as this dud thinks it is, it's not fooling me.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
The movie is so slow and so obsessed with its own jokes that it is ultimately disappointing.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
This bunch achieves peaks of sublime nuttiness.
Bob Graham - San Francisco Chronicle
Estes super-herois conseguiriam arrancar boas gargalhadas - caso nao tivessem enfrentado um roteirista mediocre que provoca mais estragos que a kriptonita.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
For all the name actors and elaborate scenery, Kinka Usher's film is amateurish.
- Boston Phoenix
A zany and hilarious comedy about a wannabe band of superheroes.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
An exuberant, hugely enjoyable romp.
Andrew Howe - Film Written Magazine
There should be no mystery as to why this movie is so funny.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
It isn't quite a good movie, but I do admire the effort, and the spirit, that went into it.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope