Masterminds (2016)

In this action comedy based on true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: September 30, 2016
DVD Release Date: January 31, 2017
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Masterminds' great cast and stranger-than-fiction true story are largely wasted on a scattershot comedy with a handful of funny moments and far too much wackiness.

Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

It's just smart people acting like dumb people in a dumb movie.

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James Berardinelli

Masterminds finds plenty of targets for its satirical jabs and lets them all off the hook.

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David N. Butterworth

Not every gag lands, but those that do make this broad yet lovable schlub of a comedy worth a $3.99 online stream.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Hess dives deeply into the ass crack of suburban North Carolina, finding lowbrow caricature courtesy his two wonderfully shameless lead actors, Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig.

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Christian Holub
Entertainment Weekly

What Masterminds lacks in sharp one-liners it more than makes up for in ridiculous slapstick.

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Jim Schembri

As a throwaway Friday night pizza time killer, this redneck comedy is a funny enough caper lark. Apparently based on a true story.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The movie has been on ice awaiting release for over a year, owing to the bankruptcy of its studio. But some of the jokes were moldy long before that happened. Masterminds owes us our two hours back.

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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice

The subtext is all about class dispossession, but a movie in which a character is stupid enough to propose a big-time bank robbery so that his gang can make it into the news ("the big show") is pushing it.

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Javier Ocaņa
El Pais (Spain)

A comedy that is entertaining thanks to its interpreters, but it ends up being more effective in its social analysis between white aristocracy and the new rich. [Full review in Spanish]

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Honestly, once you get past the stupidity, this is s reasonably watchable comedy. I didn't think I would get through it as I can't stand Zach, but I… More
Valeri Ivanov
I really like the story and the ideas of the scenes. But I'm really disappointed. I expected something more exciting that keeps you steady excited. The… More
Kevin M. Williams
The gist of this in a nutshell is liberal, college bred, big city types laughing down their noses at the amusing antics of conservative, might not have… More
Philip Price
The best thing one can say about Masterminds is that it seemingly accomplishes what it sets out to do and be. Of course, that's a pretty solid compliment… More
Jacob Smith
EpicLadySponge the Adventurer
Masterminds doesn't play the minding part exactly the way it was supposed to. Instead, it's just not as funny as it is supposed to feel like. Like… More