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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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  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The delivery in Idiocracy is frequently flat, but it's vision is dead-on.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    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. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 67
  2. Negative: 7 out of 67
  1. EsF
    Jul 25, 2008
    Best movie ever!! I own it, It makes fun of all you and it's dead on true! I use my slang dictionary more then my regular dictionary, because people have forgotten to speak proper english!! When I hear a big word coming from a young person, it makes me gasp!! Now get off the damn couch and read a book, instead of tv and video games!! Expand
  2. MikeW
    Jan 16, 2009
    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
  3. Vito
    Sep 6, 2006
    Some reviewers don't get this movie, and some bad reviews aren't even real reviews at all, just lame synopses without any real editorial content. Watch this movie for yourself. If you already understand the sort of extremely dry satire that is Mike Judge's specialty, you'll probably like it. If you don't, you'll hate it. Expand
  4. Nov 15, 2010
    Not too many movies are so funny and so disturbing at the same time. I am still thinking about scenes from this movie weeks after seeing it, both the laughs and the social commentary. My wife and I refer to it almost daily, whenever we see Jersey Shore or hear that 20% of Americans think Obama is Muslim, etc. Expand
  5. MichaelS.
    Feb 8, 2007
    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
  6. JasonJ.
    Jan 17, 2007
    OK, you can trust my review. The first 45 minutes of Idiocracy gets a 10. I've never laughed so hard, especially at the beginning portions of the 2505 part. This movie, had the plot taken the right turn, would have been the cult classic of the decade. However, the plot goes south when the President and his cabinet become the focus. Watch the first half for the best comedy ride of your life, then watch the last 45 min as Judge takes you into formulaic comedy for the simple. Expand
  7. O.P.
    Jan 20, 2007
    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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