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Masterminds Reviews

October 5, 2016
It's just smart people acting like dumb people in a dumb movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
October 1, 2016
A tooth extraction without painkillers would have been far more enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 30, 2016
Hess dives deeply into the ass crack of suburban North Carolina, finding lowbrow caricature courtesy his two wonderfully shameless lead actors, Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 30, 2016
The movie has been on ice awaiting release for over a year, owing to the bankruptcy of its studio. But some of the jokes were moldy long before that happened. Masterminds owes us our two hours back.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 30, 2016
Masterminds finds plenty of targets for its satirical jabs and lets them all off the hook.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 30, 2016
What Masterminds lacks in sharp one-liners it more than makes up for in ridiculous slapstick.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 30, 2016
The subtext is all about class dispossession, but a movie in which a character is stupid enough to propose a big-time bank robbery so that his gang can make it into the news ("the big show") is pushing it.
September 30, 2016
If smart dumb comedies hold a place in your heart, you'll like Masterminds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 30, 2016
Masterminds often bears the choppy scars of postproduction tinkering, but it remains entertaining for those who like their deadpan with a healthy side of slapstick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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September 30, 2016
Hess has traded the deadpan shtick of his debut for the kind of insult-and-injury farce that wouldn't be out of place in a Kevin James production.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 30, 2016
Asides, glances, pauses, silences, double takes, and false starts-Hess catches an extraordinary range of wondrous humanity within the extravagant theatrics of his wildly self-presenting actors.
September 30, 2016
Masterminds is filled with the sort of idiotic bathroom humor that has become standard in big-screen comedies, but it is enlivened by the surreal slapstick touches that made Napoleon Dynamite so good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 29, 2016
Hess and his three scripters rely more on the improv skills of an impressive cast than on anything resembling jokes or a credible story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 29, 2016
There's a certain subset of the population that may find Zach Galifianakis in a ridiculous hairdo the height of comedy. If you are in that segment, welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 29, 2016
I cracked up here and there watching this broad heist comedy, but it wasn't laughter I felt great about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 29, 2016
The full-on goofiness is not reliably buoyant; this is an intermittently enjoyable but often choppy comic ride.
September 29, 2016
Weird-stupid more than good-stupid ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 29, 2016
Kinder to its characters than most comedies about the bumbling and under-educated, and that's Hess's strength.
September 29, 2016
There are some genuinely funny bits but, alas, far too few.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 29, 2016
This movie is not for you. This movie is not for anyone. Except maybe for Lorne Michaels. It must make him feel good that he can still get movies made after all these years.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 29, 2016
You might forget "Masterminds" five minutes after you see it, but you'll enjoy it in the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2016
Leads Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis bolster the hit-and-miss story with soulful goofiness.
September 29, 2016
It's often funny, but it never quite hangs together as a coherent movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 29, 2016
Zach Galifianakis succeeds in making an already ridiculous crime even funnier in this caper comedy from the director of 'Napoleon Dynamite.'
September 29, 2016
It's not just that the people who populate "Masterminds" are at the mercy of their own bad decisions and worse judgement, it's that they're trapped in a woefully unfunny movie that seems to actively despise them.
Full Review | Original Score: D