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  • Summary: Reporter Bob Wilton is in search of his next big story when he encounters Lyn Cassady, a shadowy figure who claims to be part of an experimental U.S. military unit. According to Cassady, the New Earth Army is changing the way wars are fought. A legion of "Warrior Monks" with unparalleledReporter Bob Wilton is in search of his next big story when he encounters Lyn Cassady, a shadowy figure who claims to be part of an experimental U.S. military unit. According to Cassady, the New Earth Army is changing the way wars are fought. A legion of "Warrior Monks" with unparalleled psychic powers can read the enemy's thoughts, pass through solid walls, and even kill a goat simply by staring at it. Now, the program's founder, Bill Django, has gone missing and Cassady's mission is to find him. (Overture Films)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    90
    A superbly written loony-tunes satire, played by a tony cast at the top of its game.
  2. 75
    The go-for-broke performances help make all this paranormal activity too much fun to care.
  3. 75
    The film is more than a little odd but it has fun with its offbeat premise and moves along breezily until it gets bogged down in the third act.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    This is the anti-"Hurt Locker" experience: Where that Iraq War film was absorbing and deadly serious, The Men Who Stare at Goats is irreverent and lighthearted. One only wishes it were a more consistently funny film.
  5. By bringing the story into Iraq, Grant Heslov courts tastelessness. Gooniness and Gitmo don't mix.
  6. What's impressive about Clooney in The Men Who Stare at Goats is how he marries his goofy, comic side with his dramatic side.
  7. A magical-realist sitcom war farce that ends up being about nothing but its own slovenly smugness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 42
  2. Negative: 14 out of 42
  1. RonM
    Nov 14, 2009
    10
    This was a great film. You WILL laugh.
  2. UriG
    Mar 7, 2010
    9
    First of all, I must say I was nearly forced to go inside the cinema to watch the movie. But after watching it, I accept that it was a really First of all, I must say I was nearly forced to go inside the cinema to watch the movie. But after watching it, I accept that it was a really nice film: fresh, not slow(but not as fast as I would have liked), really funny, and with a few moments that everybody in the cinema laughed really loud. It is worth watching it, so I recommend it to everybody. A must-see film if you wanna enjoy a really nice time! Expand
  3. SanderS
    Jan 3, 2010
    8
    Seeing Doctor Parnassas(hope it was right), I left from cinema thinking that the movie had everything right - acting, story and the purpose Seeing Doctor Parnassas(hope it was right), I left from cinema thinking that the movie had everything right - acting, story and the purpose but it failed with very important thing - entertainment. This movie dosen`t have great story or some other things but it doesn't fail with entertainment. You get great emotional feeling and can always enjoy film with your friends. For me it had great message and wasn't disappointed. Expand
  4. ChadS.
    Nov 10, 2009
    5
    The New Earth Army manual is all theory; it's never put into practice. If it did, then maybe this anti-war satire would get out of first The New Earth Army manual is all theory; it's never put into practice. If it did, then maybe this anti-war satire would get out of first gear. "The Men Who Stare At Goats" wastes a golden opportunity to expound on the famous "Dr. Strangelove" line: "Gentleman, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room," which was delivered by Peter Sellers(as the president) in the 1964 Stanley Kubrick classic. There's no payoff to Bill Django's conceit that such countercultural ideals of his could accomodate the millitary's predilection for sanctioned violence. In the hands of a more daring filmmaker, one who was willing to rewrite war history(ala Quentin Tarantino), all that "hippie crap"(what Larry Hooper, played by Kevin Spacey, Django's teachings) would be a lot more potent as satire if the special unit's peace and love played a part(positive or negative) in the outcome of our country's skirmishes. The New Ageism that defines the psy-ops program is funny, but one-note in its presentation, because the New Earth Army soldiers never use their special training in a real world situation. The movie is much too preoccupied with the power struggle between Django and Hooper. Lyn Cassady(George Clooney) needs a more dynamic mission than the one the film gives him. "The Men Who Stare at Goats" could have explored the idea of a peace movement as being more than symbolic. For example, a soldier, not some hippie chick at an anti-war demonstration, could stick a flower in the barrel of a gun. But Cassady and Bob(Ewan McGregor) are nowhere near the war. The film needs a second gear. Django needs a venue for his "hippie crap". Expand
  5. ChaseP
    Nov 23, 2009
    4
    Boring, Painful, and about as funny as a Jerry Bruckheimer action movie. I felt as if the movie would never end. The only funny part of the Boring, Painful, and about as funny as a Jerry Bruckheimer action movie. I felt as if the movie would never end. The only funny part of the whole movie was the LSD dosing, and it could have been a lot more funny. I would have rather seen Twilight, which my girlfriend was begging me to do, at least I would have gotten pussy for seeing her movie instead of mine. Expand
  6. NerijusD
    Feb 23, 2010
    2
    Incredibly bad, stupid and... boring film.
  7. JudyG
    Nov 7, 2009
    0
    Did not get this movie at all. Totally boring! Waste of money and time.

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