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  • Summary: The Yes Men are anti-corporate pranksters who create phony Web sites to get themselves invited to high-level corporate conferences and media events - where they give hilarious, Swiftian analyses that unmask global injustice and satirize human rights abuses. They are the 21st century's answer to Timothy Leary's proselytizing for acid and Ken Kesey's busload of hipsters. The big difference is that they care less about changing minds than changing policy. But announcing, as spokespeople for Dow Chemical, that they will at last take full financial responsibility for the victims of Bhopal, they create a media sensation that embarrasses the real powers that be. And, outfitted in their wacky "SurvivaBall" getups, the Yes Men address a room full of straight-laced suits who don't think there's anything funny about going to insane lengths to assure one's personal safety in the event of any and all calamities. The Yes Men don't exactly speak truth to power. But their hearts are in the right place -- right next to their funny bones. (Shadow Distribution) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    80
    Entertainment that tickles the justice-for-all glands.
  2. 78
    The Yes Men’s bravery and unflagging sense of optimistically doomed humor – which comes across as a quixotic version of Monty Python by way of Upton Sinclair – is to be applauded and, wherever possible, acted upon.
  3. What have the Yes Men actually accomplished with their japery? Their film is an inadvertent reminder that activist antics are not the same thing as reform.
  4. It's provocative stuff, and The Yes Men approach it with a wicked sense of humor.
  5. If the Yes Men’s antics have a lot in common with the stunts of Sacha Baron Cohen and Michael Moore, they are executed more in the spirit of dry amusement than as showboating, gotcha moments.
  6. 50
    Given the duo’s withering take on capitalism, it’s ironic that their stumbling second feature feels throughout like an infomercial for a shtick whose expiration date is rapidly approaching.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. macl
    Oct 19, 2009
    10
    It's incredibly funny and clever, the most enjoyable movie I've seen this year.
  2. RandallM
    May 15, 2010
    10
    Funny, potent and very entertaining... a must-see!
  3. MatthewE.s
    Mar 31, 2010
    9
    Great! Watch it! And as far as the "Christian Science monitor"'s comment than antics are not reform. Go back to high school fella's, antics, satire, jokes and making fun has been a part of American politics and reform since well before we were even a nation. Expand
  4. BitBurn
    May 15, 2010
    9
    Awesome, just awesome entertainment. But then it's more then entertainment; it's smart and efficient.
  5. ChrisS
    Mar 30, 2010
    7
    Gets more and more ridiculous as it goes along. One thing remains odd throughout are the strange expressions on the faces of the protagonists. Corporate politics with boggle-eyed gurning it is then! Expand
  6. MikeyJ
    Oct 9, 2009
    5
    Although the actual prank footage is great, I found the way they decided to string it together very contrived and the narration in it very irritating (Michael Mooresque talking down to the audience). I would have rather watched the pranks alone without the labourious attempts at fitting them into a story, if that's what you call their constant self-justifications. Saw at Toronto's Hotdocs in May '09. Expand
  7. Apr 11, 2014
    5
    The Yes Men Fix the World documents a brilliant informative prank, but it ran on for too long. They had an hour of material, tops. Pillorying Dow Chemical was more than enough. Expand

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