The Men Who Stare at Goats
The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

Reporter Bob Wilton is in search of his next big story when he encounters Lyn Cassady, a shadowy figure who claims to be part of an experimental U.S. military unit. According to Cassady, the New Earth Army is changing the way wars are… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 6, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though The Men Who Stare at Goats is a mostly entertaining, farcical glimpse of men at war, some may find its satire and dark humor less than edgy.

Rafer Guzman

All in all, Goats would have been groaningly familiar, even back in the 1960s.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

The narrative flips and flops ruin the comedic flow.

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Justin Stewart
Stop Smiling

It's Heslov's sarcastic, assuming tone, not the actors, that makes Goats so intolerable, and it begins immediately with the opening credits.

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Michael Phillips
At the Movies

It's a disappointment.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

If this is what a Hollywood liberal conscience looks like, it's a glib and useless thing.

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Jeff Beck

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.

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A.O. Scott
At the Movies

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.

Tom Long
Detroit News

This is grizzled, wild-eyed Clooney, not the suave sophisticate, and it's a nice change of pace.

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Neil Pond
American Profile

The oddity of its subject matter can't quite find a suitable groove between weird believability and preposterous put-on.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
A very strange movie but with a cast of actors that I love. So I fought through it and well it wouldnt surprise me if OUR MILITARY DID do stupid things like… More
Mark Walker
Grant Heslov is mainly known for his producing and writing collaborations on some of George Clooney film's. However, on this occasion he takes the… More
Carlos Magalh„es
A mildly funny satire that seems to borrow from the Coen brothers' humor and has some very fine and vigorous performances, but after halfway through it… More
Directors Cat
The humour and plot aren't really on the same page throughout and there's no way of telling whether an act is supposed to be serious or comical. But… More
Stuart Brooks
Supposedly based on a true story, this is just a load of rubbish. Would have been better making something up that was actually good.
Kevin M. Williams
Sort of a modern take on Catch 22, wherein military aesthetics are lampooned as contradictory to life aesthetics, that falls flat from a lack of direction.… More