05.21.10 by REELZ
We never believed a one-minute SNL skit could be made into a feature-length movie, which is why we wrote 6 Reasons the MacGruber Movie Might Just Be an Elaborate Hoax. While not screened for critics, it is in fact a real movie and here are some early reviews.
"How the hell can you take an SNL skit that runs 90 seconds and stretch it to a 90-minute feature? Sounds excruciating. But MacGruber breaks the jinx by putting the skit in the context of a 1980s action movie and creating its own brand of explosive lunacy."
— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"You may miss one joke while still laughing at the last one — I certainly did, at the film's premiere at SXSW."
— Karina Longworth, Village Voice
"Like many a contemporary lowbrow comedy, MacGruber's at its best when it's most vulgar, when its foul-mouthed and essentially insane hero is free to indulge in his signature bits of raunchy whimsy."
— Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"...a naughty throwaway in all senses of the word throwaway — 90 minutes of talented performers doing and saying dumb, crude stuff in pursuit of an elusive laugh, in a disposable action-comedy primarily geared to young men and the 11-year-old boys who will want to sneak into the R-rated screening."
— Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"How bad is this movie? So bad that critics weren't allowed to see it until four hours before it opened. So bad that to play the villain it was forced to hire the lumpy, inert remnants of what used to be Val Kilmer."
— Kyle Smith, New York Post