Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. They’re not all hideous, the men who sit for interviews with a graduate student (Nicholson) and unload their dirty laundry. Sometimes they’re just feckless, or crass; some are even pitiable.
  2. 50
    If we learn nothing else about Krasinski as a filmmaker, it’s that he thinks more is more.
  3. At times, the movie could have been called "Me and You and Every One of the Bastards We Know," but Krasinski preserves Wallace's whooshing roller coasters of words, powered by the fuel of confession.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    The film is intelligent, well crafted and often funny, but it may not sufficiently reward even the brief time it asks one to spend with such hideous men.
  5. In his directorial debut, Krasinski doesn't seem to believe in his hideous men so much as he appears intimidated by them.
  6. 50
    A blast from the 1980s, when the idea that men were essentially rapists and women rapees was a popular way to score chicks on campus.
  7. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Faced with the unenviable choice between honoring his daunting inspiration and telling his own story, the director shoots straight down the middle -- and misses both targets.
  8. What this arid and arty exercise offers is the opportunity for a bunch of actors, many of them tethered to TV series, to deliver theatrical monologues pulsing with misogyny and narcissism. It's like second-rate Neil Labute.
  9. 67
    Raises the question of whether Krasinski made this movie because he really loves Wallace’s work, or because just he wanted to show Hollywood that the loveable doof from The Office can actually act.
  10. One hell of a date movie. A surgical examination of the male psyche based on David Foster Wallace's book and written and directed by John Krasinski, there is plenty of food for thought and argument.
  11. Compacted into an 80-minute mishmash of interviews, confessions and sketches, melded into a shaky mosaic, the answers from a cross section of men are shallow, self-serving and ultimately unenlightening.
  12. 40
    The question is, could someone turn these full-frontal-dudity snapshots into a satisfying, cohesive movie? Answer: no, but not for lack of trying.
  13. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    An insightful, sharply written and unsettlingly amusing exploration of the darker elements of masculinity.
  14. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    It's a very academic movie about academics that belongs in academia, not movie theaters.
  15. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    As a film, Brief Interviews With Hideous Men is a disaster.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 8, 2013
    A script that drawls out and does not do the book justice. John Krasinski's character comes out of nowhere and his direction makes the movieA script that drawls out and does not do the book justice. John Krasinski's character comes out of nowhere and his direction makes the movie take an hour and a half longer than it hast to be, Full Review »