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Metascore

Based on 17 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
78
Goofily funny, oddly tenderhearted mock-documentary.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Deadpan, dead-on parody of a schlockmeister at work and play.
60
L.A. Weekly
Kessler frames it all with an ironic eye (Stiller's misfit mogul holds court in cheap motels and burger joints) and with enough big-hearted tenderness to keep the humor from going sour.
60
Los Angeles Times
Unashamedly silly, inevitably erratic, it has so much fun sending up the world of exploitation filmmaking that even the most serious film student won't be able to suppress a laugh or two. Maybe even more.
58
Despite laughs, the movie only sporadically works. Its satire is too broad and silly to have much sting.
50
Everyone involved obviously had a blast, but in the end this is a one-joke movie, and the joke is stretched too thin.
50
Chicago Tribune
May be the only movie in recent memory unworthy of its own genuinely hilarious Web site, www.finemanfilms.com.
50
Really is just an excuse to string together some silly fake-movie clips.
40
Variety
Would have worked better with a few more ersatz coming-attraction trailers and considerably less filler. More than likely, it would have worked best of all as an hourlong special on Comedy Central.
38
Miami Herald
Excruciatingly unamusing.

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