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Masterminds Reviews

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April 28, 2020
The long-delayed new film from director Jared Hess turns out to be a surprisingly moving love story couched in a bizarre heist film that had me laughing at some truly dark and twisted behavior.
March 31, 2020
The gags are there, they are all good ideas on paper, and all are executed with aplomb by an incredible cast. Yet somehow they just don't work, even when they do. Which they don't. Unless you want them to, in which case they might. Ya know?
December 10, 2019
...a watchable yet awfully forgettable comedy...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 14, 2019
Masterminds isn't a total dud. Yes, it has its share of warts, but some of its faults are concealed nicely by a fun premise and a talented cast led by Zach Galifinakis, Kristin Wiig and Owen Wilson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 12, 2018
If you love dumb movies about nothing then you will enjoy this film. If you expect comedies to have some sort of substance and actual funny actors, then you will not want to spend your money on this.
October 31, 2018
It's a surprising piece of comedy filmmaking featuring a talented cast working at the top of their game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 30, 2018
Painfully unfunny comedy that lacks every sense of wit, charm, and most of all competent filmmaking that should've stayed unreleased.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
August 23, 2018
Where it fails is the characters. Attempting to strike a balance between warmth and the grotesque, I am here to tell you that the scales tip very, very far into the grotesque.
January 23, 2018
While Nacho Libre and Napoleon Dynamite have a certain charm and were made with a passion for filmmaking, Masterminds seems more like a movie that was made with a passion for making money.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 4, 2017
Zach Galifianakis turns a public swimming pool brown after eating a Super Taco somewhere from a local stand in Mexico. With jokes like that, how can this movie possibly be a failure?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 6, 2017
If you're in a mood for some weekend cheer, Masterminds could do it for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 30, 2017
It doesn't have great dialogue or memorable set pieces, but within the confines of its setup it comes up with enough madness to please the average idiot-comedy buff
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 21, 2017
At its best, the movie feels like an extended skit, but the script feels witless and is far too focused on moving along the convoluted plot.
August 14, 2017
This is a film made for a specific audience whose members delighted in the anachronistic eccentricities of Hess' past films. If you found those tedious or too outrageous, this isn't for you.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 21, 2017
Not every gag lands, but those that do make this broad yet lovable schlub of a comedy worth a $3.99 online stream.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 24, 2017
As a throwaway Friday night pizza time killer, this redneck comedy is a funny enough caper lark. Apparently based on a true story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 17, 2017
A comedy that is entertaining thanks to its interpreters, but it ends up being more effective in its social analysis between white aristocracy and the new rich. [Full review in Spanish]
January 1, 2017
There's some punchy play with comic timing and scattershot laughs, but the movie's too skittish, misfires in a hitman-subplot, and can't make us treasure its Most Wanted Dopes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 31, 2016
All of these actors and filmmakers will do better work in the future, but Masterminds won't be on the top of anyone's résumé.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
December 9, 2016
A comedy with a fairly linear structure in its plot and that entertains with good gags. [Full review in Spanish]
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