Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33

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  1. The funniest American comedy of the summer.
  2. 83
    Nobody is better at capturing the crushing banality of everyday life than Judge.
  3. 80
    The kind of smart, openhearted comedy that doesn't come along every day.
  4. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Extract seems destined to do minor business at the box office but achieve a kind of immortality as a cult DVD, to be quoted from at parties and passed around to friends. Which may be just fine by its creator--as Beavis and Butt-head have taught us, snickering with your friends in front of the television can is one of life's great joys.
  5. 75
    Judge is in the business of social satire, and his laughs can sting, but his movie is a comic salute to free enterprise. And, boy, do we need it now.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Affleck ought to do more quirky character roles rather than leading-man parts in action films. Bateman plays his low-key straight man/protagonist to perfection.
  7. 75
    Which leads to the question of whether Extract, clunky title aside, will finally give Judge a box-office hit. It looks and quacks like "Office Space," and previous satirical edges have been sanded down to something palatable to average filmgoers. On the other hand, it largely lacks the audacious elements that have given stuff like "The Hangover" an intense word-of-mouth following.
  8. Isn't an instant classic, but it bumps along agreeably.
  9. 75
    White trash meets white collar in Extract, Mike Judge's workplace comedy -- which contains more reality than the last five documentaries I've seen.
  10. 75
    Extract is an exuberant original...like no other and one of the best comedies of the year.
  11. Judge still comes up with enough laughs to deserve our attention. He is helped more than a little by hilarious work from supporting players Kristen Wiig, David Koechner, J.K. Simmons, and Dustin Milligan.
  12. 70
    The movie is characterized by its crisp, cutting, classical framing, and comic timing. The style and approach recall classic Albert Brooks. Indeed, the beleaguered, cuckolded Joel would have been a great role for the young Brooks--adding a certain self-aggrandizing je ne sais quoi or a neurotic zetz that the appealing, but bland, Bateman lacks.
  13. 70
    From "Beavis and Butt-Head" to "King of the Hill" to "Office Space," Mike Judge has become our most dogged examiner of middle-American foolishness; no other comedy filmmaker more skillfully exploits that nagging sense that you’re surrounded by idiots.
  14. It’s a vivid indictment of the way in which we all stumble along, yet the film never musters full-throated chagrin at our dull complacency.
  15. 63
    Extract is no masterpiece, but it's considerably better than many 2009 films that have received a more robust backing.
  16. Extract has some flavor, but the comedic kick is diluted by flat characters and a thin story.
  17. 63
    Sort of entertaining, but lacks the focus and comic energy of Judge's "Office Space" (1999), and to believe that Suzie would be attracted to the gigolo requires not merely the suspension of disbelief, but its demolition.
  18. 63
    Although never boring and almost continually amusing, Extract doesn't work as a movie because you don't buy a minute of it, even as silly satire.
  19. A mix of coolheaded cultural satire and anxiety-inducing workplace and marital shenanigans, Extract is an odd project. It's smarter than most of the comedies out there right now, but that doesn't necessarily make it funnier.
  20. With its immensely likable cast elevating the material, Judge extracts just enough ironic chuckles to rescue the movie from being written off as an assembly-line comedy.
  21. Extract, for all its surface reminders of Judge’s 1999 cult hit, "Office Space" (it’s set around a suburban bottling plant), shows its maker taking the smallest step toward lesser comic matters of infidelity and bong abuse. It feels slightly beneath him. That’s not to say you should skip it.
  22. The jokes in Extract play almost like afterthoughts, the last-second add-ons of a former animator who, until now, has always treated his flesh-and-blood characters a bit like cartoon caricatures and vice versa.
  23. The entire cast, in fact, seems to be having fun, with Affleck and Koechner cheerfully stealing each one of their scenes. And the jokes come often enough to leave us consistently amused and occasionally delighted.
  24. Couldn't Mike Judge, with his acid wit, have come up with a better title for a suburban-schlub comedy than ?Extract?
  25. 50
    All we have here are bits, so many, in fact, that Extract’ feels more like a collection of crumbs.
  26. A larger discomfort with Extract is an ambivalent attitude about comedy and social class. Mocking an officious middle-manager is always fair game; ridiculing blue-collar workers who resent their mindless jobs just feels mean.
  27. While Extract is mildly amusing and a slice of a mostly working-class world that doesn't make it into comedy that much anymore, it's not completely convincing as a movie.
  28. Not a single person in this ensemble comedy doesn't suffer from colossal stupidity.
  29. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    The picture's attempts at comic portraiture feel sketchy at best, more or less assigning each character a single, belabored trait.
  30. What’s most striking about Extract, beyond the scarcity of jokes and absence of actual filmmaking, is its deep well of sourness, which at times borders on misanthropy.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 89 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 39
  2. Negative: 15 out of 39
  1. katiey
    Jan 18, 2010
    What's with all the hate? I thought it was a really funny movie! Jason Bateman is great!
  2. Apr 28, 2016
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  3. Sep 1, 2014
    An unusual film subject which ultimately ends up working and being quite humorous. Jason Bateman is in top-form in this not-your-averageAn unusual film subject which ultimately ends up working and being quite humorous. Jason Bateman is in top-form in this not-your-average comedy. Not bad! Full Review »