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The Men Who Stare at Goats
Loosely adapted from a nonfiction book by Jon Ronson, Grant Heslov's directorial debut The Men Who Stare at Goats begins as heartbroken reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) heads off to imbed himself with troops as the Iraq War starts, but Wilton can't get himself into the country until he chances upon Lyn Cassady (George Clooney). It turns out Lyn spent decades as part of the New Earth Army -- a platoon of men, led by Bill Django (Jeff Bridges), who lived a new-age lifestyle in an attempt to cultivate extrasensory perception that would allow the U.S. army to win wars nonviolently. Bill… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

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"All in all, Goats would have been groaningly familiar, even back in the 1960s."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"The narrative flips and flops ruin the comedic flow."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"It's Heslov's sarcastic, assuming tone, not the actors, that makes Goats so intolerable, and it begins immediately with the opening credits."
‑ Justin Stewart, Stop Smiling
"A genuinely funny film packed with acting talent (...) well worth 90 minutes of anyone's time."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"The film aspires to the kind of quirk the Coen Brothers do so well. It delivers quirk in droves. It just stops short of the big yucks."
‑ Cris Kennedy, Screenwize
"It's a disappointment."
‑ Michael Phillips, At the Movies
"If this is what a Hollywood liberal conscience looks like, it's a glib and useless thing."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Even at a brief running time of 87 minutes, the film feels stretched, leaving you as "the person who blankly stares at the screen"...until it's finally over."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"although Clooney's charm factor helps Cassady rise above the caricatures created by the rest of the cast. ... it won't necessarily elevate a mediocre film into one worth watching."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"The slapstick is broad and the jokes are scattershot, but the satirical digs at the self-delusion directing much of American foreign policy are well aimed."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Everyone involved seems to have had a pretty good time, but this one looks like it was more fun to make than it is to watch."
‑ A.O. Scott, At the Movies
"This is grizzled, wild-eyed Clooney, not the suave sophisticate, and it's a nice change of pace."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The oddity of its subject matter can't quite find a suitable groove between weird believability and preposterous put-on."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"The Men Who Stare at Goats makes [True Lies] seem like a sensitive and balanced take on American/Middle Eastern relations."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Una comedia satírica y anti militarista mucho menos graciosa de lo que prometía."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
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