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MacGruber [2010]

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Based on the SNL skit about former Special Agent MacGruber (Will Forte) who, at the request of the US Army, reunites with a member of his old Special Ops team (Kristen Wiig) and a new companion (Ryan Phillippe) to combat his archenemy, Dieter von Cunth (Val Kilmer), who is planning on firing a nuclear warhead at the White House and sending the USA into a nuclear winter. Also with Maya Rudolph. Directed by Jorma Taccone. [1:38 - R]

DUELING CRITICS

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"Luckily, MacGruber is a far better film that you would have had any right to expect after watching the sketches, and I'm happy to say, I had a ball watching it."

- Chris Bumbray

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"The law of diminishing returns is enforced so stringently that the movie succeeds not only in negating its own comedy, but its very being. Thus 'Why does this film exist?' turns out to be a trick question, because as we have conclusively demonstrated here, MacGruber does not, at least within the ontological parameters elaborated by this course, exist at all."

- A.O. Scott



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CRITICAL CONSENSUS

Chris Bumbray | JoBlo.com
Amy Nicholson | Boxoffice Magazine
Glenn Kenny | MSN
Peter Travers | Rolling Stone
John DeVore | Premiere
Bill Gibron | PopMatters
Stephanie Zacharek | Movieline
John Defore | Hollywood Reporter
Joshua Rothkopf | Time Out New York
Robert Abele | Los Angeles Times
Joe Leydon | Variety
Nathan Rabin | Onion AV Club
Jason Zingale | Bullz-Eye.com
Bill Clark | From The Balcony
Sam Adams | Salon.com
Steve Persall | St. Petersburg Times
Roger Moore | Orlando Sentinel
Ty Burr | Boston Globe
Lisa Schwarzbaum | Entertainment Weekly
Kurt Loder | MTV
Ruth McCann | Washington Post
Rossiter Drake | Screen Shots
Dana Stevens | Slate
Rick Groen | The Globe and Mail
James Berardinelli | ReelViews
Joe Neumaier | New York Daily News
Nell Minow | Beliefnet
Brandon Judell | CultureCatch
Susan Granger | SSG Syndicate
Kyle Smith | New York Post
A.O. Scott | The New York Times
































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