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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Brooke Corso
The Monitor (McAllen, TX)

This is a film made for a specific audience whose members delighted in the anachronistic eccentricities of Hess' past films. If you found those tedious or too outrageous, this isn't for you.

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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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David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

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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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 35% 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
Brendan Nicholls
The film has the moments but it's very scattered and lacking a lot clarity. The talent is vast and the direction is inventive but the story doesn't… 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
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Jesse Ortega
I've been on a pretty good run of movies lately, out of the last 13 movies I've reviewed (this one included), seven of them have been rated 3.5 stars… 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