Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
All of the actors play without winks and spins, unless you consider Lebowskism itself a wink and spin.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The go-for-broke performances help make all this paranormal activity too much fun to care.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Has a glorious good time satirizing the extravagant lengths to which the military and intelligence establishments will go if they think there's a payoff at the other end.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Even if The Men Who Stare at Goats is not worth comparing to "Dr. Strangelove," it should satisfy audiences with its great cast and patent absurdities, coated in quaint nostalgia for the happy hippie days of yore.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This is the anti-"Hurt Locker" experience: Where that Iraq War film was absorbing and deadly serious, The Men Who Stare at Goats is irreverent and lighthearted. One only wishes it were a more consistently funny film.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
When the haze wears off and the movie grounds itself in reality, it's a bummer. Until then, though, what's weird here is gloriously weird.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
You can’t make this stuff up, but you can botch the telling of it, and that’s what sinks this satiric drama.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
What's impressive about Clooney in The Men Who Stare at Goats is how he marries his goofy, comic side with his dramatic side.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
You may wonder if this screen version of the book of the same name is as unfunny and strangely mushy as it seems, but trust your instincts.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A magical-realist sitcom war farce that ends up being about nothing but its own slovenly smugness.
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54 out of 100
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