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  • Summary: Private Joe Bowers (Wilson), the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program, set 545 years in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed-down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 91
    There's a good chance that Judge's smartly lowbrow Idiocracy will be mistaken for what it's satirizing, but good satire always runs the risk -- of being misunderestimated.
  2. 80
    It elicits so many laughs, in fact, that you have to wonder just what Judge did to piss off the suits at Fox so much that they would willingly torpedo one of the only genuinely hilarious movies to come out this year.
  3. The plot, naturally, is silly and not exactly bound by logic. But it's Judge's gimlet-eyed knack for nightmarish extrapolation that makes Idiocracy a cathartic delight.
  4. The delivery in Idiocracy is frequently flat, but it's vision is dead-on.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    60
    A satire for its time. What Judge is less sure of here than in his previous, perfectly pitched live-action comedy "Office Space," is how to build a complete movie around his key ideas.
  6. 40
    Judge races through some of his most provocative ideas in the opening minutes and ignores his story's many logical inconsistencies; the movie is bracing for its bile but ultimately more frustrating than funny.
  7. 40
    If you crave a lively and funny trek through the farcical possibilities of unchecked dimwit power, Judge is still your guy. Just go rent "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America" instead.

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  1. Positive: 53 out of 70
  2. Negative: 7 out of 70
  1. MikeW
    Jan 16, 2009
    10
    I'll still be discussing this film with my buddies 50 years down the road - I've never had any other film provoke so much thought I'll still be discussing this film with my buddies 50 years down the road - I've never had any other film provoke so much thought about the direction of mankind and society as Idiocracy has. The irony of this film is amazingly well-hidden under a thick veil of fart jokes and anatomical references, intentionally hidden from the two audiences that it seeks to satirize: the snooty crowd that probably didn't make it through the first 30 minutes of the film (and likely rushed home to their computers so they could write some very negative reviews), and the mainstream crowd that was too busy laughing at "OW, my balls!" to notice that they're the heel of the humor. Mike Judge proves, once again, that he is the true spokesman for my generation. Expand
  2. JonK
    Jul 29, 2008
    10
    Definitely one of the funniest satires I've ever come across in my lifetime. The parallels are so dead on it's scary. Those of you Definitely one of the funniest satires I've ever come across in my lifetime. The parallels are so dead on it's scary. Those of you rating this movie 0 most likely missed the underlying message. This movie should be required viewing for every incoming highschool class. Expand
  3. Jan 26, 2013
    9
    in 2505, they'll watch this old movie and wonder how we predicted the future. Then, they'll look for the Time Masheen and wonder where theyin 2505, they'll watch this old movie and wonder how we predicted the future. Then, they'll look for the Time Masheen and wonder where they can find Brawndo. Upgrayedd! Expand
  4. MichaelS.
    Feb 8, 2007
    8
    The hits are worth it when compared to the misses; the opening 15 minutes that explain the basis of the movie are very funny, but terrifying. The hits are worth it when compared to the misses; the opening 15 minutes that explain the basis of the movie are very funny, but terrifying. There is a strange conflict derived from laughing at a movie that sometimes so accurately depicts stupidity - even more so when you laugh at the things that the stupid characters in the movie have established as society. That's make what makes it good satire - it is what it wishes it wasn't. Expand
  5. Jul 31, 2015
    8
    Possibly the most humorous movie I've ever seen. It's just too bad that what makes it so funny is the truth behind the story. It wasPossibly the most humorous movie I've ever seen. It's just too bad that what makes it so funny is the truth behind the story. It was reportedly turned down by nearly every studio to which it was presented because of a fear of insulting stupid people. Well, there ya go...STUPID PEOPLE NEED TO BE INSULTED!!! Expand
  6. JimboH.
    Feb 24, 2007
    7
    Has some funny moments, on par with Office Space. As with Office Space, there's probably a lot of jokes you don't fully get until Has some funny moments, on par with Office Space. As with Office Space, there's probably a lot of jokes you don't fully get until you meet someone who does. As a social commentary it does great. "How can you stand to live in a world where your trying to blow up the only person trying to help you?" Was pleasantly surprised considering I never heard of it until it came out on video. Expand
  7. O.P.
    Jan 20, 2007
    0
    Are you kidding me? Probably the worst movie I have ever seen. Even if the clever idea to use IDIOT humor is somehow magically funny I Are you kidding me? Probably the worst movie I have ever seen. Even if the clever idea to use IDIOT humor is somehow magically funny I didn't appreciate it. Expand

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