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  • Summary: Chronicles Jack Harris, one of the pioneers of internet commerce, as he wrestles with his morals and struggles not to drown in a sea of conmen, mobsters, drug addicts, and pornstars.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
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  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    Think "Boogie Nights" meets "Casino," though it's not likely to make the lasting impression of either seminal film.
  2. 75
    Ribisi and Macht are sleaze incarnate. James Caan, as a conniving lawyer, and Rade Sherbedgia, as a Russian crime boss, are even more cootified. Best of all is Wilson, digging into his juiciest role in years and putting a human face on this mesmerizing morality tale, a journey into the toxic heart of the American dream.
  3. 70
    Originally intended as a cable television series, Middle Men bears some telltale scars of hasty, clumsy truncation. Still, there is a raffish vigor that makes the movie watchable despite all-over-the-map storytelling and a fuzzy, superficial grasp of the salient themes.
  4. 65
    Wilson's unflappable, deeply sympathetic affect and aging golden-boy visage have a very Jack-like smoothing effect on the story's rough patches.
  5. This cranked-up drama wants it both ways.
  6. Who would have believed a film with this much skin and reckless, life-threatening excess could end up a rather dull muddle?
  7. This highly fictionalized look at the Wild West early days of Internet porn is off-putting in almost every way, with sledgehammer stylistic flourishes (incessant shaky-cam; a Rolling Stones musical cue as ironic comment) and dialogue that sounds like it was written in a testosterone-fueled haze.

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 9, 2011
    10
    I had never heard of this movie, just saw it at Blockbuster and rented it, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie. This movie wasI had never heard of this movie, just saw it at Blockbuster and rented it, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie. This movie was engaging from the beginning to the end with good acting and a good story line. The fact that it was based on true events made it that much more interesting. Even though the story revolves around internet porn and its beginnings it is not a raunchy movie with a bunch of nudity (could be good or bad depending on your interests!). The plot was fascinating, seeing how easily it the idea evolved and how quickly dark elements took control. It was a very pleasant surprise, especially when you are taking a leap of faith at the video store on a movie you have never heard about! Expand
  2. JoeD
    Aug 7, 2010
    10
    Great movie of the summer not better than inception but still great hi coco.
  3. Feb 24, 2011
    10
    Well, its just on of THOSE movies, simply cannot find a bad thing in it. Cast is perfect, acting accordingly superb, story interesting andWell, its just on of THOSE movies, simply cannot find a bad thing in it. Cast is perfect, acting accordingly superb, story interesting and intriguing, so 10/10 points is pretty clear sign of what i am talking. Great, great movie. Expand
  4. Nov 15, 2011
    8
    An interesting movie that may or may not educate you about the early internet and porn industry. A movie that is satisfying and almostAn interesting movie that may or may not educate you about the early internet and porn industry. A movie that is satisfying and almost motivational as money is the main theme. Expand
  5. Mar 29, 2011
    8
    original story, memorable characters, some sex scenes and good humor.

    Lots of topics that might chance people away, yet if you stay till the
    original story, memorable characters, some sex scenes and good humor.

    Lots of topics that might chance people away, yet if you stay till the end you will leave with a grin.
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  6. Apr 7, 2011
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I was pleasantly surprised by this movie.Luke Wilson plays his part with all the coolness of a James Bond type.And Giovanni Ribisi plays a loser drug addict very very convincingly.This kind of reminds me of Casino wherein a few regular guys can make it to the top only to blow it with nobody to blame but themselves.Its a very entertaining movie from the first minute to the end.I can't believe how poorly it did at the box office,I think to date it hasn't even made $1,000,000 dollars yet and cost $20,000,00.I'd have to give this one an 8.5. Expand
  7. Aug 12, 2010
    5
    From the opening sequence, I knew I was in for a "Goodfellas"-styled drama with morals built into the plot and characters goin' down in orderFrom the opening sequence, I knew I was in for a "Goodfellas"-styled drama with morals built into the plot and characters goin' down in order to learn their lessons. The movie didn't really disappoint in this regard, but I did find the portrayal of the narrator, a "fixer" for dubious businesses, somewhat strangely represented. In other words, this guy (played with staged nonchalance by Luke Wilson) was too good to be true, given the circumstances of his predicament. When the lead character in a drama filled with slime balls comes off smelling like a rose, then you know you're not getting the full story. And that was the main problem with this film: it is an ultra-sanitized, glamorizing reenactment of some truly ugly moments in the underworld of mobsters and drug addicts and porn. Expand

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