The Men Who Stare at Goats Synopsis
A reporter (Ewan McGregor) in Iraq meets a man who claims to be from a unit of psychic soldiers.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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The Men Who Stare at Goats. Grade: B-minus. (Based on advance VIP press preview - Thurs. 11/5)

Grant Heslov directed this 1.5hr comedy that was based on journalist/author Jon Ronson's 2004 book of the same title which chronicled Ronson's investigations into the U.S. Army's attempts to use...

The Men Who Stare At Goats

By hoodle
What a delightful and humorous movie. These great actors show such a wonderful, funny side of themselves. We loved it!...

G.I. Shamans

By GravityOfLight
The Brit reporter who wrote the book also accompanied ALEX JONES' highstakes infiltration of the notorious "BILLIONAIRES' SUMMER CAMP" of BOHEMIAN GROVE north of San Francisco a few years ago. Some...

An Insult to our Military

By Aweshucks
I went to this movie mistakenly believing that it was a comedy, and for the cast. I found this movie to be a Liberal Insult to our Military. Based on a "true" story? That may be - but only the...

Funny, Crazy and since I actually researched this for years....right on the money!

By pdxlad-mfp
I have read and researched so many accounts of the real Psy groups in the Military and much of the story was funny and eerily accurate. Ewen and George are really awesome and play the part in a...

Too far-fetched for even the biggest tongue in the biggest cheek to save

By dvc66
I really wanted to like this spoof on mental warfare by mental/psychic warriors but it never got there. The premise was pretty far out there to begin with: leftovers from a unit of psychic ("Jedi")...

Don't Eat the Eggs

By careful_watcher
This movie is based on a book that took some liberties with the sketchy facts known about army psych-out units. The first rate cast gets a chance to have some fun with outlandish locations and...

Liberal propaganda... not funny!

By Dog Musher
Maybe they should have concentrated on a comedy and not a thinly veiled attempt to to slam our troops and former president. What a waste of time and money not to mention the fosil fuel I burned...

The Men Who Stare at Goats-psyched out

By anniekapn
I am getting tired of 1/6th Schizophrenic Intelligence wedge citizenry in USA saying they are not an optional field of study. I wish Eretherals had never been mentioned to them, in Southern Louisiana...

Gotta Love The Cast!!!

By Karmuse
Inteligently funny, Ewan McGregor, George Clooney. This Film is just all the funny you can think of. The acting was great. I think this movie would be more enjoyed by people whom have followed the...

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Rated R | For for language, some drug content and brief nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Loopy war comedy's offbeat humor may appeal to teens.
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