The Men Who Stare at Goats

The Men Who Stare at Goats

The Men Who Stare at Goats

In this black comedy, inspired by a real life story, reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) is in search of his next big story when he encounters Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), 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 fought. A legion of 'Warrior Monks' with unparalleled psychic powers can read the enemy’s thoughts, pass through solid walls, and even kill a goat simply by staring at it.

Now, the program’s founder, Bill Django (Jeff Bridges), has gone missing and Cassady’s mission is to find him. Intrigued by his new acquaintance’s far-fetched stories, Bob impulsively decides to accompany him on the search. When the pair tracks Django to a clandestine training camp run by renegade psychic Larry Hooper (Kevin Spacey), the reporter is trapped in the middle of a grudge match between the forces of Django’s New Earth Army and Hooper’s personal militia of super soldiers.

2009Rating: M, contains violence, offensive language & drug use93 minsUSA
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bizarre

lots of big named actors, not funny like the trailer, huge disappointment

2.0
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100 word review

A top secret unit of men in the US military have been trained in the non-lethal arts of paranormal hoopla. A reporter meets one of these retired men and- uhh- they both go to Iraq for some reason. They free some goats, Jeff Bridges plays a hippie again and there’s LSD use at some point, a sizable hint of how to get any enjoyment out of this movie. The...

2.0
0

awesome

i will fight anyone who doesn't think this film is awesome

5.0
0

really funny!!!

very very funny.

5.0
0

Good

Not quite sure of its aim, but some very funny scenes. I suspect that those who hated it missed a lot of the satirical points.

4.0
0

Not quite what I expected...

Might need a second viewing to really appreciate this film, but I don't wanna spend any more money on it... Story had amazing potential to be hilarious, but ends up a really big flop, kinda thinking 'how did I sit through all that?' Kinda starts as a flop and stays there. Trailer looked great, watch that instead, maybe? Maybe one or two genuine laughs,...

2.0
0

Boring

How did so many great actors get tricked into downsizing their paycheck?! Even the great cast didn't manage to make this movie interesting. There just is no story and not much point to it. I don't remember laughing, hardly smiled a couple of times.

1.0
0

Crazy

Such a crazy film but a greats cast

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A superbly written loony-tunes satire, played by a tony cast at the top of its game.

0
TVNZ

TVNZ

press

Based on a book by Jon Ronson (and an apparently true investigation) comes the film adaptation of The Men Who Stare At Goats.

4.0
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Total Film

Total Film

press

The Men Who Stare At Goats, Jon Ronson’s exposé of how insane fringe experiments into the paranormal paved the way for Abu Ghraib, had potential to become cinema’s defining comedic assault on the War On Terror. Alas, after the laser-sighted precision of In The Loop, Grant Heslov’s film seems all the more scattershot.

3.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Likable, lightweight, absurdist comedy.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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All of the actors play without winks and spins, unless you consider Lebowskism itself a wink and spin.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Still worth watching because it provides a showcase for a group of actors who really appreciate this kind of farcical comedy.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Even if The Men Who Stare at Goats is not worth comparing to "Dr. Strangelove," it should satisfy audiences with its great cast and patent absurdities, coated in quaint nostalgia for the happy hippie days of yore.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

George Clooney dazzles and Jeff Bridges shines in a scattershot but often hilarious military farce.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A superbly written loony-tunes satire, played by a tony cast at the top of its game.

0
TVNZ

TVNZ

press

Based on a book by Jon Ronson (and an apparently true investigation) comes the film adaptation of The Men Who Stare At Goats.

4.0
0
Total Film

Total Film

press

The Men Who Stare At Goats, Jon Ronson’s exposé of how insane fringe experiments into the paranormal paved the way for Abu Ghraib, had potential to become cinema’s defining comedic assault on the War On Terror. Alas, after the laser-sighted precision of In The Loop, Grant Heslov’s film seems all the more scattershot.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Likable, lightweight, absurdist comedy.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

All of the actors play without winks and spins, unless you consider Lebowskism itself a wink and spin.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Still worth watching because it provides a showcase for a group of actors who really appreciate this kind of farcical comedy.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Even if The Men Who Stare at Goats is not worth comparing to "Dr. Strangelove," it should satisfy audiences with its great cast and patent absurdities, coated in quaint nostalgia for the happy hippie days of yore.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

George Clooney dazzles and Jeff Bridges shines in a scattershot but often hilarious military farce.

4.0
0

bizarre

lots of big named actors, not funny like the trailer, huge disappointment

2.0
0

100 word review

A top secret unit of men in the US military have been trained in the non-lethal arts of paranormal hoopla. A reporter meets one of these retired men and- uhh- they both go to Iraq for some reason. They free some goats, Jeff Bridges plays a hippie again and there’s LSD use at some point, a sizable hint of how to get any enjoyment out of this movie. The...

2.0
0

awesome

i will fight anyone who doesn't think this film is awesome

5.0
0

really funny!!!

very very funny.

5.0
0

Good

Not quite sure of its aim, but some very funny scenes. I suspect that those who hated it missed a lot of the satirical points.

4.0
0

Not quite what I expected...

Might need a second viewing to really appreciate this film, but I don't wanna spend any more money on it... Story had amazing potential to be hilarious, but ends up a really big flop, kinda thinking 'how did I sit through all that?' Kinda starts as a flop and stays there. Trailer looked great, watch that instead, maybe? Maybe one or two genuine...

2.0
0

Boring

How did so many great actors get tricked into downsizing their paycheck?! Even the great cast didn't manage to make this movie interesting. There just is no story and not much point to it. I don't remember laughing, hardly smiled a couple of times.

1.0
0

Crazy

Such a crazy film but a greats cast

4.0
0