Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 24
  2. Negative: 8 out of 24
  1. What makes Forte so funny is that he stalks through the flick cocksure and utterly deadpan.
  2. 75
    How the hell can you take an SNL skit that runs 90 seconds and stretch it to a 90-minute feature? Sounds excruciating. But MacGruber breaks the jinx by putting the skit in the context of a 1980s action movie and creating its own brand of explosive lunacy.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeVore
    75
    MacGruber is crude. It’s obscene. The dialogue is puerile and the jokes adolescent. And for the most part, it's hilarious: a bawdy riot drunk on impropriety, which is why the movie works.
  4. 65
    MacGruber never gathers any momentum. Once in a while a funny line or absurd sight gag will amble into the foreground, only to recede immediately in the rear-view mirror of memory.
  5. Forte and company have managed to make crude and lewd dunderheadedness laugh-out-loud funny here and there, and that, I guess, is something of an achievement.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    60
    Utterly disposable but diverting, MacGruber manages to spin feature-length product out of an idea that few would try expanding beyond a "Saturday Night Live" skit.
  7. The meal here is mainly nostalgia, larded with a thick sauce of irony.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    60
    While this jury-rigged exercise may not be an explosion of laughs, it's no dud, either.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    60
    How much mileage can a comedy get from a single joke? Quite a bit, judging from the guffaws-to-groaners ratio in MacGruber.
  10. 58
    It isn’t exactly good, but for audiences in search of nothing more than a few silly chuckles, it should prove good enough.
  11. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    All thing considered, MacGruber’ is a lot better than it should be. That still doesn’t mean it’s all that great.
  12. 50
    Kilmer makes a worthy, if somewhat underscripted villain. And some of the bits -- MacGruber idiotically setting traps that the bad guys never fall for -- tickle. But this still feels instantly dated, a "Hot Rod in a Role Models" era.
  13. 50
    Will Forte plays his pitifully deluded creation to the hilt in a penknife movie. There's a lot of material here that only occasionally succeeds on Forte's insanely focused performance.
  14. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    50
    MacGruber dutifully rehearses the genre's standbys -- so dutifully, at times, that the joke disappears altogether.
  15. The result is a naughty throwaway in all senses of the word.
  16. Reviewed by: Nick de Semlyen
    40
    More Pistachio Disguisey than Austin Powers, this cheapjack comedy is nowhere near as ingenious as the man it sends up.
  17. Reviewed by: Ruth McCann
    38
    For all the wacky, taboo, parodic situations that MacGruber plunges into, the film seems content to simply point at its hero, yell "What a schmuck!" and leave it at that.
  18. The film goes by in a wash of uninspired action and unmemorable comedy.
  19. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    30
    The SNL skits get laughs from combining the grandiose scope of an action movie with the cramped, bare-bones stage of a live late-night comedy show. It's funny because it looks dinky, cheap, and fake. By showing real buildings really exploding, and real throats—or a believable simulacrum thereof--ripped open by real bare hands, MacGruber commits the deeply MacGruber-esque mistake of shooting itself in the foot.
  20. 25
    Watching this movie, I wished I knew how to use dental floss, a paper clip, and a crumpled movie ticket to break the projector.
  21. Think of a really bad, uncensored Saturday Night Live comedy sketch. Then make it worse – make it longer.
  22. To call MacGruber"a total bomb is a bit much, but this comedy-action flick sure feels like it was put together with gum, shoelaces and a couple of sticky Twizzlers.
  23. 12
    There's a reason you've never seen the words "Will Forte" topping the billing of a major motion picture. After the throbbing flameball of unfunny that is MacGruber, you never will again.
  24. The law of diminishing returns is enforced so stringently that the movie succeeds not only in negating its own comedy, but its very being.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 104 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 42
  2. Negative: 10 out of 42
  1. [Anonymous]
    May 31, 2010
    8
    At first it's slow, cliched, and even tasteless, but the movie eventually gets REALLY funny. Will Forte really freaks me out when his eyes and mouth are all the way open, but MacGruber is the most badass protagonist so far this year. Full Review »
  2. Sep 18, 2010
    10
    Haters wanna hate. Lovers wanna love. I dont even want, none of the above. I want to piss on you. Yes I do. Ill piss on you. Ill pee on you. Drip-drip-drip. Full Review »
  3. Sep 26, 2010
    9
    I didn't expect it but it was a hilarious movie. A lot of very funny jokes and situations, funny and well played characters. Good cast and acting. Overall, a very good comedy. Full Review »