Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. 100
    Who's going to love it? Anyone with a sense of humor: Team America: World Police is hands-down the funniest movie of the year.
  2. Reviewed by: Rory L. Aronsky
    100
    Laugh hard, laugh long, but just laugh at true greatness. Parker and Stone have done it again, multiplied millions of times.
  3. 100
    Wickedly funny and devilishly subversive. It is satire at its most fearless.
  4. Bottom line: It's hilarious, vicious, offensive, thoroughly profane and a joy to watch, just like you'd expect. Be sure to sit through the end credits for a bonus song from Kim Jong-il to Alec Baldwin.
  5. 88
    A ruthlessly clever musical, a punchy political parody and the hottest look ever at naked puppets -- the first film, porn included, in which a woody is actually made of wood.
  6. It turns out that puppets can tell us more about who we are as a nation than the most meticulous documentary. In Team America: World Police, the potty-mouthed, crazily brilliant musical from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the result is hilarious, shocking and bound to offend nearly everyone.
  7. Clever comedians that they are, they have also rigged Team America with an ingenious anti-critic device, which I find myself unable to defuse. Much as it may pretend otherwise, the movie has an argument, but if you try to argue back, the joke's on you.
  8. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    I laughed all the way through Team America: Scene by scene, it's uproarious.
  9. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    80
    This is all terrifically nasty and shocking stuff.
  10. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    When Team America works, it falls squarely into the category of guilty pleasure.
  11. I was amused more or less throughout by the ingeniously designed and executed stunt that is Team America.
  12. The first hour of the movie struck me as being truly inspired, and I haven't laughed so hard all year.
  13. There is no room for subtlety. Aiming a rude, foul-mouthed political satire everywhere -- left, right and center -- Trey Parker and Matt Stone blow up a good deal of the world, not to mention the egos of many Hollywood personalities
  14. 70
    Years from now, Team America will better convey the political character of 2004 than a stack of Time magazines. Staying funny helps even more.
  15. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    70
    The real kick, however, is in the grandeur and detail of the production design, by Jim Dultz and David Rockwell.
  16. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    Goes the extra mile to piss off everybody -- which includes gleefully destroying renowned Hollywood liberals, literally and figuratively.
  17. 67
    You're guaranteed never to have seen anything like it; objectively speaking, it's a wonder.
  18. Team America's strengths are in its musical numbers, especially Kim Jong Il's mournful "I'm So Ronery" (translation: "Lonely"), a heartfelt peek into the dictator's soul.
  19. 63
    Egregiously vulgar satire on terrorism, global politics and Hollywood action movies gets an immeasurable boost from its wonderfully designed, old-school string puppets.
  20. The puppets are anatomically correct and politically incorrect. They provide 45 of the funniest minutes I've spent at the movies this year.
  21. 63
    Stuck between point-blank ridicule and the obligations of a weary plot. Surprisingly, more than an hour of watching marionettes fight, curse, and fornicate turns out to be as dull as watching Michael Dudikoff do the same thing in one of his unremarkable soldier movies.
  22. 63
    This movie is more of a curiosity than a fully formed motion picture.
  23. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    63
    Wisely unbiased-but also unfocused, uneducated, and underachieving-which makes for an occasionally hilarious, frequently anemic parody that misses its opportunity to permanently document a scathing critique of current events.
  24. Give it an A for concept -- a bizarre marionette version of a Jerry Bruckheimer-style action movie; B for its occasional moments of convulsively funny comedy; and D for the politics, for pandering to exactly the kind of reactionary sentiments it purports to satirize.
  25. Bits can be extremely funny. I howled at the ranting, mustard-splotched, wiener-waving Michael Moore.
  26. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    60
    It makes for a patchy comedy that's stronger as a genre-mocker than a political satire.
  27. 60
    Accomplished yet uneven feature.
  28. Yes, it's inventive, yes, it's out-there and audacious, but no, it's not always as funny as those good things would lead you to hope.
  29. I know this sounds like great fun, and some of it is, but there's nowhere near enough good stuff to fill the 114-minute running time.
  30. The net effect is a barrage of jokes that strain to be outrageous - just as the marionette gimmick strives to be different - but wind up canceling each other out.
  31. Proves that marionettes can be as foul-mouthed and profane as their cartoon counterparts, but not nearly as clever.
  32. 50
    The result is undeniably offensive and occasionally very funny, but the gags fall flat as often as they hit their mark.
  33. 50
    Juvenile yet compellingly smart humor.
  34. 50
    Team America, for all its outrageousness, is the first work from Parker and Stone that I'd describe as a failure of nerve.
  35. 50
    Team America is at once grandiose and tacky, elaborate and deflationary.
  36. 50
    This is hysterically funny in parts, but most of the laughs are raunchy or scatological--always a sure bet when puppets are involved.
  37. 25
    Like a cocky teenager who's had a couple of drinks before the party, they don't have a plan for who they want to offend, only an intention to be as offensive as possible.
  38. Surprisingly, the results are embarrassing. As puppetry, Team America is stilted. As satire, it's gutless and lazy. And as comedy, it barely delivers laughs.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 238 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 141
  1. Oct 1, 2011
    7
    "Team America: World Police" is one hell of a funny puppet show that displays a surprising mix of several different genres.
  2. Feb 22, 2014
    7
    A movie that heavily relies on shock value, and is designed to be offensive. It is the type of film you should get at a Charity Shop or Car Boot Sale for £3 or under. However, the music is very memorable. Full Review »
  3. Dec 12, 2013
    8
    Delivers the laughs with Parker & Stone's usual antics, but what makes this comedy fresh is the hilarious use of puppets, catchy songs and making light of a serious situation. Full Review »