Idiocracy (2006)

In 2005, average in every way private Joe Bowers (Luke Wilson) is selected to take part in a secret military experiment to put him in hibernation for a year along with a woman named Rita (Maya Rudolph). The slumbering duo is forgotten when… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 1, 2006
DVD Release Date: January 9, 2007
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Idiocracy delivers the hilarity and biting satire that could only come from Mike Judge.

Bilge Ebiri
Village Voice

The whole film has a drab, somnambulant rhythm. Intentional or not, this is part of its genius.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Working on a sprawling canvas, Judge fills the screen with visual jokes, throwaway gags, and incisive commentary on the ubiquity of advertising.

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J. Olson

The film is completely unique and its sci-fi bent is fully realized in a way that some sci-fi films fail to capture.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

If the world is going to hell in any number of handbaskets -- as Judge so acutely demonstrates that it is -- you might as well hitch a ride in his.

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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times

Judge has a gift for delivering brutal satire in the trappings of low comedy and for making heroes out of ordinary people whose humanity makes them suspect in a world where every inch of space, including mental, is mediated.

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Nick Rogers

This demented look at destructive mass consumption barely approaches feature length. Still, Mike Judge dots each appealingly cheap scene with spastic sight gags and offers fiendishly hilarious, frighteningly plausible examples of cultural decay.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The movie is bracing for its bile but ultimately more frustrating than funny.

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Robert Abele
L.A. Weekly

It's a low-boil affair from the Office Space auteur that wears out its dumb-and-dumbest playbook early on.

Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

Even if some of the gags about dumb people start becoming tiresome, it's linked to a sensation of discomfort that should make us legitimately worry about the direction we're headed in.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Though director Judge was given very little money to make this film and was deterred from getting a proper release from 20th Century Fox, there's plenty to… More
Kevin M. Williams
Commentary on today's dumbed down society nearly goes for the throat, but decides to lie down and have a beer instead. And so its nearly funny. This though… More
Red Lats
Perhaps it is just me, but I didn't find it intelligent, just idiotic.
Alice Shen
Clever concept of an average modern-day man waking up in the future to be the smartest person in a sea of moronic masses. If only most of the movie didn't… More
Dean King
Heard good things about this, but didn't laugh much. Not one for me I'm afraid.