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90
The A.V. Club
One of the funniest movies of the year, but you may need to shower afterwards.
88
USA Today
A gut-busting blast of tasteless tomfoolery.
88
New York Daily News
A shocking and hilarious triumph.
80
The Farrellys here show a gift not just for finding humor where others have feared to look but for presenting it in a way that is surprisingly close to irresistible.
80
Chicago Reader
Their gross-out humor is basically sweet tempered, for all its tweaking of PC attitudes, and though this film looks slapdash, its script (by the Farrellys, Ed Decter, and John J. Strauss) is surprisingly well put together.
63
A supremely silly movie, which means that it has moments of boring idiocy mixed with moments of inspired hilarity.
60
The laughs are low -- very low -- and the comedy often flags. But two elaborate sequences involving a bad-tempered little ankle-biter are standouts.
50
The Farrellys may well be the new kingpins of adolescent slob comedy, but There's Something About Mary doesn't approach the witty anarchy of movies like "Animal House," "The Naked Gun," or "Hairspray."
30
New York Magazine (Vulture)
The general insensitivity of the atmosphere gets one down after a while. None of these people go together: Friends don't seem like friends, lovers don't seem like lovers. In brief, it's not enough just to have bad taste. You have to have talent, too.
10
Film.com
This reprehensible and deeply unfunny film is obviously critic-proof.

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