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
Could use a little more brain, and a little less spleen.
Robert Horton - Film.com
A snarky, wise-cracking spoof!
Sean Means - 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.
Dean Essner - Film4
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.
Dean Essner - 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
Everything about the movie is extreme, yet the overall pleasure it yields lies exactly in the middle of the current Hollywood scale.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
This is the kind of movie I would give my life for, if my life spared the world from seeing garbage like this.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
It's the details that make Mystery Men such a goofy good time!
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
This affectionate and astute mockery of the big-budget, star-studded, sci-fi/fantasy crime-thriller genre boasts genius, cameo-bursting casting and frequently hilarious writing.
Christine James - Boxoffice Magazine
Who would have thought that this pseudo-parody of comic book movies...would be better than most of the 'serious' comic book films to grace (or stain) the silver screen?
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
The sum doesn't quite add up to the potential of its parts.
Bill Pearis - Citysearch
A fluffy bit of summer camp.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
There isn't much to Mystery Men, but what there is will keep a smile on your face.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Greg Dean Schmitz - Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
Something of a hit-and-miss affair; but for me the hits clearly outnumbered the misses.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
It won't revive the flailing superhero genre, but it's a splendidly stupid indulgence that relentlessly raps at your funny bone.
Mary Kalin-Casey - Reel.com
Great concept, stale on dialogue; strong climax.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
A refreshing, oddball summer entertainment with a sharp sense of humor.
Kevin Maynard - Mr. Showbiz
Gleefully, goofily over-the-top.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
It often scarcely moves.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
This is a likable, enjoyable movie. The filmmakers, just like the main characters, just need a little more practice and then they'll truly be super.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Those in the mood for an offbeat satire with a gifted cast will have a surprisingly good time.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Usher ... can't quite focus the chaotic goings-on in Champion City, and a sharply satirical script gets buried under some over-the-top action sequences.
Chris Grunden - Film Journal International
Mystery Men winds up paying clever but vaguely sincere tribute to the idea of superheroes -- that marginal talents can come together for the greater good. Their actual talents being far greater, the filmmakers make it look easy.
Jesse Hassenger - Filmcritic.com
The idea behind Mystery Men is an inspired gag with enough energy to fuel a comic sketch but not a two-hour movie.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Mystery Men is a worthwhile diversion.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
An overlooked gem.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
[A] mostly enjoyable and colorful comic-book hero spoof.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Mystery Men takes forever to set things up and finish things off.
John Paul Powell - Jam! Movies
A loving parody!
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
First-time director Kinka Usher (the man behind the Taco Bell Chihuahua spots) drops the ball, allowing his riff on the Hollywood's most shameless commodity to become precisely what it set out to ridicule.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Wesley Morris - San Francisco Examiner
The comedy is blissfully perfect!
Scott Renshaw - Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
A surprisingly layered and well-crafted film!
Sandra Ramani - Citysearch
There are enough laughs to recommend Mystery Men.
Guy MacPherson - Apollo Guide
Nick Nunziata - CHUD
An absurd, if overpolished, gem of all-too-human proportions!
Barbara Lester - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The source material gets a richly deserved drubbing for its pretensions, but the resulting parody can't help but seem a bit glib and secondhand.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Excellently conceived and brought to fruition.
Douglas Konecky - culturevulture.net
This is a very satisfying movie.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
With a script as solid as Superman's grip and a cast funnier than the entire Justice League of America, it's no mystery why this send-up of some not - so - superheroes is so enjoyable!
Dean Essner - E! Online
For a movie that seems to be spoofing such comic-book based action films as Batman, etc., Mystery Men is a delightful change of pace.
Dean Essner - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Dean Essner - San Jose Mercury News
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
If there is a bright spot to be found beyond the unbearable filmmaking stench of desperation, it is Janeane Garofalo.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
How in the name of sweet Jesus did first-time director Kinka Usher get such a first-rate cast to act in this muck?
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The erratically funny film feels more like Stiller and his friends got together to get paid for messing around.
Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
Here it is, at last, something sharp and imaginative to save us from all those predictable summer blockbusters.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
A dream comic ensemble and an almost foolproof satiric concept gets Mystery Men through.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
It simply just isn't all that funny.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Mystery Men not only offers a funny and satirical look at such 'serious' comic book adaptions, but also fills the void left by such films' absence.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
The screenplay is packed with gags that hit.
Caroline Westbrook - Empire Magazine
Loaded with some witty lines, puns and visual gags!
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Mystery Men's greatest resource -- its terrific actors -- have goofy charm to spare and really know how to put the punch in punchlines.
Serena Donadoni - Orlando Weekly
Absolutely everybody onscreen is having a ball.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
It's a superhero sendup that snickers and deflates quickly.
Susan Granger - rec.arts.movies.reviews