Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. While it's not a great movie, it's a revealing study of how long it often takes for businesspeople to realize they're being freaked out, not flattered.
  2. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    88
    These are some terrifically funny and gutsy guys who want to draw attention to what they see as the natural limit of WTO policy.
  3. When they're good, the Yes Men are astonishing, anarchic sights to behold.
  4. 80
    An uproarious and appalling piece of consciousness-raising.
  5. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    Breezy, brief, and often a howl.
  6. More good-natured than Michael Moore, these guys score by raising the issue of just how much their amateur antics exaggerate the neocon principles of the WTO.
  7. 75
    Subversive and diabolically funny.
  8. 75
    Amazing in what it shows, but underwhelming in what it does with it.
  9. A sobering documentary done in a whimsical style.
  10. 75
    An amusing side dish to the sober political documentaries flooding the art houses, The Yes Men effectively uses high farce to mock the status quo as a way of questioning it.
  11. Thought-provoking, insightful and entertaining.
  12. 75
    This movie could have been a nagging, preachy headache had either man exhibited a tendency for self-righteousness. But both are friendly, almost humble about their mischief.
  13. Packs a wickedly satiric punch.
  14. A sobering yet hysterically funny documentary.
  15. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Not to be missed.
  16. Reviewed by: Brad Slager
    70
    While the antics of the group provide hilarity the documentary suffers only because there is large amounts of padding.
  17. 70
    The Yes Men's brilliant lies unlock explosive satirical truths, but the film runs out of steam a bit toward the end.
  18. Reviewed by: Kevin Crust
    70
    Smart and amusing.
  19. Yes, The Yes Men is funny, but it's humor that hurts.
  20. Inspiring and shows just how far a couple of guys, a few computers, and a good sense of humor can go.
  21. Reviewed by: Ed Halter
    60
    Though at times the film is snortingly funny, too much of the humor here rests on presupposed opinion about globalization.
  22. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    60
    It never attempts to know more than they do, or to encourage them to look deeply into themselves. As a result, the film is a little flat.
  23. Diverting if heavily padded, this is the newest addition to an increasingly crowded field of political nonfiction films and certainly the easiest viewing.
  24. Fascinates by its very premise: the fact that, on the basis of a Web site logo, these two bozos could so easily pass themselves off as important officials.
  25. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    Sometimes feels like an extended pilot for a smarty-pants broadcast series in the tradition of Michael Moore's "Awful Truth" and "TV Nation" skeins.
  26. A few minutes of inspired lunacy aside, The Yes Men is largely a case of the same old preachers preaching to the same old choir.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 25, 2011
    5
    There are definately some laugh-out-loud moments here. All in all though, it's just a bit too budget gonzo documentary to satisfy. Maybe it would have made a better short film. Warning to those with sensitive embarrasment glands: Uncomfortable scenes of crowds of earnest types being duped and not realising it. Full Review »
  2. Penny
    Jan 8, 2006
    10
    I love this movie. These men and their team are my heroes! Bravo! Bravo! The most brilliant coup I've ever imagined, let alone been privileged to witness. Encore! Encore! (And I say this post Bhopal-20 - more kudos due there!) Full Review »