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Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, and Gabriel Macht headline director/co-screenwriter George Gallo's fact-based period comedy detailing the rise of the internet porn business in the mid-'90s. Businessman Jack Harris (Wilson) made his living solving other people's problems. Wayne Beering (Ribisi) and Buck Dolby (Macht) were two technological innovators with a plan to make a mint by selling pornography online. When Jack met Wayne and Buck, it was a match made in money heaven. Before long the trio was making 200,000 dollars a day, but it wouldn't last. When a young porn star begins… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Is Jack, who is patterned on a real-life character, sociopathic or just plain clueless? Gallo doesn't seem to care. He cares about parading before us lowlifes living the high life."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Kind of a mess."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Inspired by the reputed experiences of the film's producer, Middle Men casts its protagonist in a suspiciously flattering light... Fortunately Wilson brings enough dark and disreputable shades to the character for the film to work."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"...a film that can't make up its mind what it wants to be: a comedy, a melodrama, a crime thriller, or a documentary."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"What could have been a complex portrait of a flawed man dealing with the perils of success ends up far less interesting."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"I never got the feeling Gallo and company figured out how to compress and focus their stories."
‑ Michael Phillips, At the Movies
"This very well-acted, often amusing and dirty-minded hard-R film still stands out in a sea of market-driven blandness."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Save yourself the trouble of watching it and just check out Goodfellas instead."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"Trust me when I say there is too much story here for a film that runs just over 100 minutes."
‑ Bob Westal, Bullz-Eye.com
"Sex, Lies And MasterCard. An irreverent, strictly behind the scenes tabloid peep show about those thankfully unsung guys who perpetrated the online porn revolution, without ever taking their clothes off."
‑ Prairie Miller, Purple Revolver
"Mr. Gallo, for his part, is content to decorate a fairly conventional, intermittently entertaining crime chronicle with a bit of skin and a soupçon of pop sociology. There must be other ways to learn about pornography on the Internet."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Middle Men is an anxious film, but not in a good way, in that it doesn't generate suspense so much as dread."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Considering the naughty subject matter, Middle Men is a shockingly dull affair."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"If it weren't for James Caan's shyster Las Vegas lawyer, the whole, um, pornucopia would be a complete waste of time. Best to think of this as Middling Men."
‑ Kimberly Gadette, Indie Movies Online
"Luke Wilson's terrific performance renders an uneasy hybrid of crime drama, comedy and ecommerce far more compelling than it otherwise would be."
‑ Pam Grady, Boxoffice Magazine
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