Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
Watch On
  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. Idiocracy, is often stingingly funny -- and an undeserving resident of the summer's-end movie dumping ground.
  5. The delivery in Idiocracy is frequently flat, but it's vision is dead-on.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    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.
  8. 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.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 148 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 68
  2. Negative: 7 out of 68
  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. Full Review »
  2. TravisA.
    Jan 20, 2007
    5
    This is no Office Space!!! I think Mike Judge had a good idea for a movie here, but it never quite gets off the ground. Maybe with a little This is no Office Space!!! I think Mike Judge had a good idea for a movie here, but it never quite gets off the ground. Maybe with a little more effort all around, it could have been like a live action Beavis and Butthead, but instead the plot is really poor and even the little skits come off as tired and dated. Do most people even drink Gatorade any more? Judge's satire used to be so dead-on, and in this it's just so dead. Maya Rudolph's character made no sense at all. I couldn't think of any reason she was frozen, except that they needed a love interest for the main character so they could stretch the movie out to full length. There is enough of Judge's usual surreal stupidity to make it worth renting, but its really not very good. Full Review »
  3. CarletonB.
    Sep 8, 2006
    10
    Social satire at its best! Is it any wonder that Fox - the brethren of FOX NEWS - is dumping this so unceremoniously? It is a brutal Social satire at its best! Is it any wonder that Fox - the brethren of FOX NEWS - is dumping this so unceremoniously? It is a brutal political smack down in comedy clothing. Genius and really ambitious. Another cult classic like Office Space, with a dose of seriously cautionary tale-telling (veiled as broad comedy). Support this movie! Full Review »