Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Maybe it's no mystery how they did it, considering the aggregate comic talent, but this bunch achieves peaks of sublime nuttiness.
  2. It's clever, amusing, clever, visually inventive, clever, well-cast .
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    One of those half-straight, half-spoof comic-book extravaganzas that don't ever work, and what's neat is that this one does--beautifully.
  4. Reviewed by: Hal Hinson
    80
    The movie seems almost loving toward its characters, so much so that we can't help but fall for this gang of losers.
  5. 78
    Gleefully, goofily over-the-top.
  6. 75
    They're a ragtag assembly for sure, and the results aren't pretty. But on a simple mission of entertainment, they get the job done.
  7. 75
    At long last, someone has crafted a worthwhile superhero spoof.
  8. Reviewed by: Simon Houpt
    75
    This spoof's heart is genuinely warm.
  9. 70
    Mystery Men gives proof that satire isn't dead.
  10. Reviewed by: Gary Dauphin
    70
    Mystery Men is wryly sentimental stuff, but it's also pretty sharp.
  11. A terrific offbeat cast operating on one shared, loony wavelength.
  12. Reviewed by: Laura Shin
    70
    A lightly entertaining, though not hilarious, film parody of comic book heroes.
  13. Reviewed by: Godfrey Chesire
    70
    Sharply written, with a lavish look and top-drawer effects adding to the appeal of its large and talented cast, pic achieves a nice balance of fondness and satiric snap, character laughs and goofy action.
  14. 70
    The characters have been designed to make fun of themselves, disguising the craft of writer Neil Cuthbert and director Kinka Usher in getting us to laugh at them.
  15. This hip send-up of the superhero lifestyle has a bunch of great comic bits from a group of great, eccentric talents, but not enough bourgeois discipline to see the story through.
  16. 60
    This loving parody is steeped in comic book trivia and lore: The more you know, the more heartfelt your response to the film is likely to be.
  17. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    60
    At least the studio hired enough likable scene-stealing actors and comedians to carry the bloated carcass of this film over the course of two hours.
  18. One half of a very funny movie, and half a funny movie is better than none.
  19. 60
    A live-action cartoon without dramatic focus, a solid structure or discernible theme.
  20. 50
    It's a long, shapeless, undisciplined mess, and every once in awhile it generates a big laugh.
  21. The movie will disappoint people expecting a genuine superhero epic or an over-the-top spoof. But those in the mood for an offbeat satire with a gifted cast will have a surprisingly good time.
  22. Mystery Men must have seemed magically goofy on storyboards, but has somehow turned into unappealing mush by the time it made it to the screen.
  23. 50
    Mystery Men is supposed to be an action comedy, but there isn't nearly enough of either.
  24. 50
    The characters are funny and the cast's characterizations right on, but the movie repeatedly lets them down.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Mar 25, 2011
    4
    A movie with an interesting premise with a boring result. The jokes can hardly be called "funny" because half the time they're too dumb orA movie with an interesting premise with a boring result. The jokes can hardly be called "funny" because half the time they're too dumb or light-hearted to make you laugh. The effects are nice, but they're wasted on a movie that simply doesn't deliver in the end. Full Review »
  2. Oct 4, 2014
    0
    This movie great if your high and you've sold your soul to the devil to act for just the sake of art that has no redeeming qualities, save aThis movie great if your high and you've sold your soul to the devil to act for just the sake of art that has no redeeming qualities, save a great stoner film. There is something seriously wrong with this film, it make me want to cry when I think of 68 million dollar budget. It sickens me and it should sicken all civilized people of the world. It is NOT surprising it made nothing at the box office. Darkness is here and those in the light aren't buying. Give me my medical marijuana. Full Review »
  3. Aug 8, 2013
    8
    Absolutely hysterical and exceptionally well cast, this parody of superhero movies delivers more than just laughs, it provides strikingAbsolutely hysterical and exceptionally well cast, this parody of superhero movies delivers more than just laughs, it provides striking special effects and characters that can only be described as lovable when it's all said and done. Full Review »