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
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Critic Score: 31% 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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Sarah Ward

Amiable but average.

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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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James Marsh
South China Morning Post

Galifianakis and McKinnon are genuinely entertaining, especially together, but when taken as a whole, Masterminds squanders its potential all too frivolously.

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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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Benjamín Harguindey

A trial and error comedy in which there are more errors than anything. [Full review in Spanish]

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
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
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
Jacob Smith
Jason Cenzano
Masterminds sat on the shelf for over a year waiting for a release date. While it's a forgettable, unoriginal, basic film based extremely loosely on the… 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