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Based on the Dark Horse comic, Mystery Men. Seven lame superhero wannabes, who are called upon to use their dubious "powers" to save a bustling metropolis when Champion City's beloved real superhero-protector, Captain Amazing, is kidnapped. The wannabe heroes square off against the vile villain, Casanova Frankenstein, and his beautiful sidekick, Dr. Anabel Leek, as they try to stop Casanova's dastardly plot to take over the city.
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© Universal Pictures

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The characters have been designed to make fun of themselves, disguising the craft of writer Neil Cuthbert and director Kinka Usher in getting us to laugh at them."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"This bunch achieves peaks of sublime nuttiness."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"Even with its super cast, the slow-moving 'Mystery Men' falters in its attempt to spoof comic book heroes."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Hugely entertaining -- especially for those with a thing for superheroes."
‑ , Film4
"How many laughs can you get out of a handful of one-joke characters? Well, if your ensemble contains the talents of Janeane Garofalo, William H. Macy, Hank Azaria and Ben Stiller, the answer is: a lot."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Usher's amiable spoof of superhero movies takes a brave stab at rewriting the mythology from the inside out, with lots of witty, mildly subversive stuff."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Surprisingly, this spoof's heart is genuinely warm."
‑ Simon Houpt, Globe and Mail
"It is good that the film has charm, for after a certain point it doesn't necessarily have anything else."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Fails to come up with worthy gags and one-liners for the able cast."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The Just-Us League of America"
‑ Shane Burridge,
"Mystery Men is like its hapless heroes. It's a wannabe that has the best intentions -- including a pronounced anti-gun stance -- but none of the knack it takes to save the day, or itself."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A long, shapeless, undisciplined mess!"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Witty comic-book story is edgy, with lots of potty humor."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"An instant cult comedy that doesn't walk or talk like anything else out there."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"So much time is spent in getting to know everyone, the jokes are few and far between when they should be fast and furious."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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