New Magic Mike XXL Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Critics
Warner Bros. Pictures released their new comedy/drama film, “Magic Mike XXL,” into theaters this past Wednesday, July 1st, and all the top, major movie critics have submitted their reviews. It turns out that it got a pretty mixed bag with an overall score of 60 out of a possible 100 across 40 reviews at the Metacritic.com site.
The film stars: Channing Tatum, Amber Heard, Adam Rodriguez, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Gabriel Iglesias, Jada Pinkett Smith, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover and Michael Strahan. We’ve supplied blurbs from a couple of the critics,below.
A.O. Scott from The New York Times, gave it a great 80 score, stating: “Magic Mike XXL boldly flouts pop-cultural conventional wisdom. It’s often said that an explanation of a joke can’t be funny, and that the analysis of pornography is never sexy. But here is a coherent and rigorous theory of pleasure that is also an absolute blast.”
Joe Neumaier from the New York Daily News, gave it an 80 score as well, saying: “There are laughs in Magic Mike XXL…. But the real eye-openers are the moments of sex-positive, woman-positive and emotion-positive contemplation.”
Todd McCarthy over at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it an 80 score, stating: ” Magic Mike XXL is ridiculously entertaining.”
Matt Zoller Seitz from RogerEbert.com, gave it a 75 grade. He stated: “Does the movie work? Intermittently, sometimes brilliantly.”
Lou Lumenick from the New York Post, gave it a 75 grade, stating: “The dance routines are so hilariously spectacular — and the film is such good-naturedly inclusive fun — that you may not miss the absence of anything resembling dramatic conflict in what’s close to a feature-length concert film.”
Michael Phillips over at the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 75 grade, stating: “It retains the original’s sunny, democratic vibe and refreshing lack of meanness, as well as Soderbergh’s interest (if not his precision) in keeping several of the ensemble members in frame, interacting, without a lot of routine close-ups.”
Leah Greenblatt over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 67 score, stating: “Director Gregory Jacobs worked under original Magic Mike helmer Steven Soderberg for years, but sadly he has almost none of his former boss’s ability to elevate material that is essentially one lamé thong away from a TLC reality series.”
Alonso Duralde over at TheWrap, gave it a 66 grade. He said: “Revisiting this material to make a “let’s put on a show” musical is all well and good, but that musical would benefit from more energy and tighter editing.”
Peter Travers over at Rolling Stone, gave it a 63 score, saying: “We get bracing bro banter, pectoral flexing and the whole gang going wild on Molly. Good times.”
Peter Debruge at Variety, gave it a 60 score, stating: “Written raggedly enough for the actors to bring their own chemistry to what aspirationally feels like one of Robert Altman’s backstage dramas (a la “Nashville” or “Ready to Wear”), Magic Mike XXL is most fun when it isn’t trying to justify itself, but just kicking back with the guys — or better yet, giving them a fresh excuse to show off their creativity.”
Ann Hornaday from the Washington Post, gave it a 50 grade, claiming: “Magic Mike XXL tries mightily — if unsuccessfully — to match its predecessor’s stature as a camp classic, the epitome of trashy summer fun for the whole pansexual, polymorphously perverse, omni-libidinous family.”
Ty Burr from the Boston Globe, gave it a 50 score. He stated: “The first hour of Magic Mike XXL is deadly.”
Rebecca Keegan over at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 40 grade, stating: “Watching it was like opening the wrong gift —- that’s not my size, and I don’t like blue, but thank you, Warner Bros., for even bothering to shop for me. Most of the other studios forgot my birthday.”
Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it an awful 25 score, stating: “This sequel goes beyond disappointment into a sublime realm of embarrassment that’s beyond and yet better than merely bad, because it fascinates: What on Earth were they thinking?”
Lastly, Richard Roeper over at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it another bad 25 grade, claiming: “This movie is so excruciatingly dumb I felt as if someone had shaved 10 points off my I.Q. by the time I bolted for the exits.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.