The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) - Comedy, War

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A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions.

IMDB: 6.2
Director: Grant Heslov
Stars: Ewan McGregor, George Clooney
Length: 94 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 87 out of 286 found boring (30.41%)

One-line Reviews (223)

Serious waste of time.

I watched this movie with about 8 people and 5 of those people fell asleep within the first half of the movie.

All in all, very much worth watching.

goes from promising to oh so boring.

Unfortunately the attempts at drama only dragged down the story.

don't waste your time and money....

Gus believes that if he saves one goat, just one from the cruel experiments now, the dead animal would stop staring at him in his memory with the unbearable silence of the goats.

There is no story.

Ranks alongside Revolver, Artificial Intelligence, Finding Neverland, Welcome to the Sticks and My blueberry nights as one of the worst movies i have ever seen....

"Men Who Stare At Goats" is NOW the worst movie we've ever seen.

Entertaining in parts, but slow in others, just another so-so Hollywood fair.

One fell asleep.

Backed up by the fact that this is a (mostly) true story, it is therefore a film that manages to provoke huge laughs while at the same time cause reflections on the weird nature of America's participation in conflicts (the use of the Barney the Dinosaur theme song as a torture device was reportedly inspired by events depicted in the movie).

Great actors giving great performances, sure Kevin Spacy is a little under done and Ewan McGregor Scotsman pierces, but their having fun which makes the movie a lot more enjoyable.

Boring .

This movie will definitely be filed under the "not for everyone" tab and I can imagine people in the audience hurling obscenity as frequently as the protagonist, claiming waste of time and money.

You've seen it before: a quirky movie that tries (and often succeeds) to be different, funny in an unexpected way, using the power of an interesting plot and even more a cast of sacred movie monsters.

We almost walked out and wish now that we had.

Unique, interesting, enjoyable and entertaining .

George Clooney is so entertaining as the half-brilliant/half-mad Cassady that he makes the movie worth seeing for his performance alone.

Original and fun comedy with a slow, stumbling execution .

I have both, and greatly enjoyed it, despite being thoroughly bewildered.

I could have said much more about the plot, but heck, I knew nothing about it when I saw it and frankly, I think I enjoyed it more for that.

This film has absolutely no plot, no point or meaning to it and a terrible script directed, CLEARLY, by an idiot.

My interest gradually faded amidst the disjointed middle of the film, and the ending was so out of place and strangely executed that my interest never returned.

Featuring Ewan MacGregor, George Clooney and Kevin Spacey (who's been gone for far too long) I imagined a blend of "Big Fish," "Inglorious Basterds" and "Burn After Reading," all of which were slightly self-indulgent but more than made up for it with the multi-layered characters, production values, and engaging plot lines.

During the supposedly funny parts of the movie, all I could manage was a dull chuckle.

Be warned though that this may not be everyone's cup of tea, especially if you're adamant about having a structured narrative from beginning to end, or feel that a running joke (the Star Wars ones that is) cannot be carried out for far too long.

Boring movie about nothing .

More anti-American, anti-military, New Age, Libtard propaganda .

The structure and some of the more surreal passages reminded me of films like Being John Malkovich or Adaptation, but the performances by the leads in this film were so much more engaging that I felt a much greater emotional connection with the characters in this film than I have with characters in anything comparable I can think of.

There's a lot of heavy hitters on this one - Clooney, McGregor, Bridges, Spacey - but it might have been more entertaining as an independent film without so much weight that the big stars brought unnecessarily to it.

At times the film is very ridiculous and as far out there as you can possibly get, but like I said earlier, it is very interesting and makes for quite an entertaining watch.

There is essentially no plot.

Pleasantly surprised by quirky, confusing film .

But I can't recommend seeing it because it's so dull.

Also, a lot happens in the film and yet it manages to be one of the most boring and dull comedies of 2009.

Entertaining Nonsense .

I wanted to turn it off after the first 30 minutes.

Although the movie is fiction, many of the events have happened, or closely mirror events that have or could have happened, making it even more entertaining.

The problem with the loose plot development, in this case, is that Clooney's chemistry with McGregor feels forced and their connection in the film equally contrived Gregor is too mature for that role I guess while Clooney is perfect for such movies as always.

I will say that the plot seemed a bit disjointed to me.

If you leave the theater being able to answer the question, "What was the point of this movie?

, this flick has neither the superb music soundtrack, which made that 2000 movie such a hit, or a plot as compelling as Homer's epic "Odyssey.

The pacing is slow, the characters are mostly cardboard, and the story line is pretty boring.

But for different reasons, it was always funny and entertaining.

It is a waste of time and money

Still, I thought it was entertaining most of the time.

One of the worst movies I've ever seen .

It has a very interesting story and a very well developed plot, its first 45 minutes has a very fast paced that makes the movie entertaining and with some moments of good black humor.

Don't waste your time or money.

I watched most of this silly stupid boring film and finally turned it off.

While it was good for a chuckle or two, I found it boring for the most part, and am still not quite sure what the "mission" was that served as the motivation for the main characters.

Save your money and rent "O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Worst movie of all time.

Sometimes, they even give into insights and truly profound thoughts--glimpses of vision and genius--that all come into a stumbling, lost, paceless place, both fun and self-indulgent.

From beginning to end, I could only think about how stupid and pointless this movie was.

The fact that George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Ewan McGregor, and Jeff Bridges signed on for this ridiculous borefest, makes me rethink my opinion of each of these actors.

One of the worst movies of all time...

dull .

It's less an evisceration and more of a needling light-hearted love letter, and as a result, it's boring and borderline offensive in its laziness.

The scene does not drive up to care for the characters, feel for their safety, or even feel the natural confusion of that situation.

Unfortunately, there seemed to me to be a certain amount of confusion about the film - were the directors entirely sure what type of film they were making?

This isn't even light entertainment, it is just dreary and dull.

Great and different way to look at comedy, with a lot of cliché towards sci-fi and technology.

THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS has an intriguing premise - that there exist a group of men within the US Army who succeed in persuading their opponents to down their weapons through auto-suggestion, or better still, sheer power of will.

Meant to be funny but i could only manage a couple of wry smiles, a "plot" that jumps about, characters that you didn't care about, scenes that bear no relevance to anything thats gone before, a total, confusing, mess of a film.

I NEVER give up on a movie more than half way through, but this was a total waste of time and I decided to cut my losses after an hour and fifteen minutes.

Mostly all I can say is I am confused how a film with so much seemingly going on, could actually be so boring.

For the inchworms crawling along the status quo, it's probably a tiresome film full of references to which they cannot relate.

My mother couldn't watch the whole movie because she said it was boring.

Terrible attempts at humor and boring dialog; We couldn't wait for the movie to end.

A journalist with the bored life and a disinterested wife decides to take some thing adventurous in his life and attempts entering Iraq.

I may not include it amongst my most loved movies (as much as I wish I could), but it's still a decently entertaining 90 minutes that's good for a lazy afternoon viewing.

A mind-numbingly boring and dull movie full of sight gags that are not a bit funny and seem forced.

The end result of the film is a confusing and dull collection of scenes.

While the writers, director and editors succeed in setting up an interesting plot taking cues from disjointed real events, the audience would be stuck in a never ending wait for the stakes to go up.

This is an enjoyable film-the script is quite good, the acting is solid, and the very fact that something similar to the events that happened in this movie occurred is amazing.

The shot could hardly be said to spoil the film, which on the whole remains a fun, occasionally engaging diversion.

It is very strange and may too pointless, plot less, and/or slow paced for some.

Though the overall narrative might be a little on the weak side, I found it more than a little entertaining, definitely a hilarious portrayal of history.

Such a confused waste of our time...

The movie is insane, wacky, but has some very slow moments here and there.

It's not that its uneventful, there is just no plot aim or goal.

When a movie billed as a comedy isn't funny (despite having one or two laugh-out-loud moments, the film is on balance mundane at best), you've got a pretty obvious problem as far as I'm concerned!

I'm sorry but This movie had no plot, no comedy, no nothing that would make me sit through it again.

It matches new age drivel with teapot machismo and anyone who finds both extremes tiresome and dangerous can only laugh with recognition and delight.

I expected a lot more from this movie but it was slow and at times just boring.


The film is funny, intriguing, smart, witty, fast-paced, emotional, enjoyable and inspirational.

Waste of Time .

If you see it you sure will feel it's an somewhat enjoyable 90 min.

Three out of four of us thought it was a waste of time.

While doing his boring job as a reporter-journalist, one man stumbles upon the existence of an old military secret: a branch of soldiers trained in harnessing their mental superpowers.

Overall I had very low standards and I was pleasantly proved wrong by a quirky, confusing, well casted romp with some more dark moments you don't expect to find in a comedy.

A very good and entertaining movie, with a stellar cast.

The film tries too hard where it shouldn't and doesn't try enough where it should, which is why it ends up being boring and forgettable.

See it if you are bored and have seen everything else.

This film is way up there in the competition for "worst movie of all time" It can challenge "Ishtar" and "Gigli" in the competition.

In the end the movie feels empty and hollow.


The characters are shallow, dull stereotypes -- Jeff Daniels as the New Age hippie (and the most nails-on-a-chalkboard irritating of them all), Ewan MacGregor the intrigued naive, George the straight-faced convert.

The kookiness climaxes when Lyn demonstrates that he can kill a goat just by an intense stare from those night-time eyes.

Though Heslov and writer Peter Straughan try their best, however, there just isn't a satisfactory end to this movie to be found, and the one they've come up with — as enjoyable as it is — is not only underwhelming, it feels like an obvious redeployment of everything we've seen, with a little sprinkling of sentiment that, though tongue-in-cheek, doesn't feel right.

A reporter Bob Wilton(Ewan McGregor) who is fired from his last job and is dumped by his girl friend and has a very dull life ahead of him, gets a opportunity to go on a life changing journey when he goes to Iraq and report in order to prove himself.

Worst movie i seen in a while .

It ends up being a disjointed jumble of scenes with an underdeveloped plot and underdeveloped characters with poor motivation.

Mind-numbingly Boring.

Actually, this was Clooney's worst movie.

About 45 minutes into this tedious vanity piece you realize it is just that: a tedious vanity piece almost to prove that George Clooney can get any idea funded that he chooses (He is a also producer of this film).


"The bureaucratic satire of the snappy flashbacks makes for considerably better comedy than the majority of the present-day sequences, which often stumble in shoehorning the amusing suppositions, characters, and gags from the precursor scenes into a narrative.

There were slow interludes that could have been removed to improve the pacing without harming the story.

But the storyline is mostly weird and confusing, and it would have been better if it has kept up with the suggestion (in the scene where the kidnappers had locked up the reporter and Cassady) that the psychic soldiers' "powers" were really just the deception and trickery used in stage magic.

no, the worst movie i have EVER seen.

" For those of you who don't know or don't remember, Ishtar was a Warren Beatty film - also including a desert - that is on everyone's top 3 all-time worst movies.

From time to time I found myself getting a wee bit bored, though the film pulled me back.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

A crashing bore and certainly not at all funny.

I thought it was interesting and entertaining.

The most intriguing story is Django's and it's dealt with in the briefest way.

To conclude, The Men that Stare at Goats i an enjoyable and entertaining movie.

' "A charming and affable Clooney stands out in an otherwise mediocre film that will quickly be forgotten but is perfectly serviceable as a winter diversion during what has been a slow season for movies.

The Critics Who Stare at a Bland Film.

This movie, along with other George Clooney movies is showing that Hollywood can still create indie-like non-pretentious movies that make you feel good for no apparent reason.

Movie can also illuminate you because it works like some propaganda from Middle East which is shown by masters of humor .

You may have heard of the Army using the music of the big purple dinosaur Barney as a torture device against captives in Iraq.

Needless to say, it is Wilton's film wherein we may see him uncover the makeshift reality of the situation Cassady talks about, and this is in spite of the fact Clooney and his character steal the show as both a foil and as something allowing Wilton to put aside his marital issues and get involved in something genuinely engaging aside from faux-quests of masculinity.

Some of it is enjoyable and I wish that it would have been better.

Two hours of your life that would've been better spent watching paint dry.

"The Men Who Stare at Goats" is an acquired taste to be sure, and even under the right frame of mind has its share of problems, but nevertheless offers an entertaining ninety minutes with some great performances and hilarious individual scenes.

The movie has some interesting, and laugh-out-loud, moments, but overall is disjointed and seemingly random, and comes down to a series of episodes of the strange things these men apparently did.

I'm amazed that Clooney accepted to work on such a horrible & boring movie.

The humour is weird, dark, low-key, slow at times and very Coen Brothers-like.

I fell asleep 3 times and so did the person I came with.

The film is not funny, clever or entertaining.

Oh, and there's even an "intense" scene with the psychic Cassidy taking on a goat in a staring contest.

The story has a lot potential and is an intriguing idea, something in the Clooney-McGregor chemistry worked out, and Bridges as an old timer hippie.

A lot of commentary on this film appears to range between "pointless" and "fun".

Boring dialogue helped me keep my eyes on the sky for alien life.

Trite try at humor.

The problem with the loose plot development, in this case, is that Clooney's chemistry with McGregor feels forced and their connection in the film equally contrived.

And I thought the Spongebob movie was the worst movie ever made...

I was debating if the next would be considered a "spoiler", but it's purely historical information, some of which is in my American History textbook, so I'll list some general historical knowledge that will undoubtedly make the movie more enjoyable.

A totally engaging, intelligent, funny and sometimes poignant film .

Another McGregor bore fest .

The movie was confusing as to its' true intent.

The worst movie i have ever paid to see....

But the flik is mildly entertaining, and it offers just enuf hints that there MIGHT be something to Cassady's supposed mental powers that I nudge it into the "borderline" category.

A failure, but an interesting and entertaining one .

It was thoroughly enjoyable, and completely unexpected.

This movie was quite a find, although not an exceptional movie, it's a very good one, with several entertaining moments.

Quirky But Enjoyable.

really save your money or go watch a cheap comedy with a couple of C class crew that's won't cheat you, and will just give you what they promise in the trailer, not more, not less.

But, the script, which begins so well, ends up going nowhere until it reaches a ridiculous sort of finale.

My recommendation is to save your money !

The story..well there was no story.

Add to that a host of fine performances by Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey and you have a flawed but occasionally compelling work

The film starts out introducing us to Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor), a journalist stuck in Ann Arbor doing pointless stories.

Given that the psychic powers aspect of the story is so ludicrous and unlikely it makes it all the more enjoyable that the characters in the film, particularly Clooney's, play it straight and believe in their supposed capabilities with complete seriousness.

Everything seems to be in place for a hilarious spoof, but the script is disjointed and there just aren't enough laughs.

Really credible, especially in the grotesque scenes, and although it has a narrative style, splitting the film, it is quite enjoyable.

The first part of the film is interesting and the middle section involving the mind techniques is funny but the final third becomes a little dull and by this point I didn't really care.

Without that overarching message--a genuine struggle between the forces of light and darkness--"Goats" may be good for a postmodern chuckle or two, but fairly empty on the whole.

His twitches, his more ponderous moments; you buy this character because it's Clooney, and he's exceptional here.

While the guys themselves are great, the material, which is amusing at the start, becomes repetitive and lame within the first 40 minutes.

It is nutty, at times confusing in the manner in which the story is laid out, but it is always entertaining - if you like a touch of the bizarre superimposed on what was apparently a real story!

Full of promise, "The Men Who Stare at Goats" has a potentially engaging premise - the front (today) and back (back then) story of a gifted psychic (Clooney) engaged by a secret cadre of the U.

screenplay too disjointed.. .

I wasn't expecting anything from this movie, other than having a good time, and I enjoyed it more than I expected.

Quirky and Entertaining .

As interesting and pointless as staring at a goat .

This movie was a huge waste of my time.

Among the assortment of mind-boggling targeted "weapons" is the ability to kill a goat by demolishing its heart through an intensive stare, hence the title.

Instead they're loosey-goosey, related as anecdotes by Cassady, and the effect of that choice combined with a related-but-at-a-stretch sub-plot about MacGregor's Wilton needing to go to Iraq to prove himself leaves the film feeling too carefree, too disjointed, too stop and start.

Bean's Holiday" has always been THE worst movie that my husband and I have ever seen; the one we laugh at and make jokes about because it's so bad.

You will be awestruck at the scenery but after about an hour you'll stall at Boredom Boulevard and be held there for a bit too long.

All that being said the film still is awesomely entertaining, and has some genuinely fun moments.

You will then pootle along Bizarre Broadway and all of a sudden you'll be launched to the ultimate destination, Unexpected Parkway.

I've read many of the positive comments here but for the life of me the only word that hit me as I left the theater was, "Ishtar.

George Clooney is great at playing cool characters but his role in this film requires him to be a buffoon which he is neither funny or enjoyable to watch- It actually makes him look like a crap actor.

However, try as it may, the movie becomes rather tedious and lacks adherence to one or the other.

It was below my expectations the trailer delivered and to be honest i was embarrassed for suggesting to my GF who sat there trying to get into it and fell asleep.

The ending conflict is so weakly staged which feels so contrived.

Ho Hum .

I really enjoyed it

I did however read multiple reviews that the confusing and hard to follow story was supported by a noble cast including Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey.

Truly a fun, funny, intelligent, entertaining experience with the benefit of very talented actors who are able to perform equally well regardless of whether comedy or drama.

It is often difficult to follow exactly what is supposed to be going on, or how far we are supposed to take Cassady's claims at face value.

Quite possibly the worst movie of the decade.

Wretched, boring drivel .

So why was this so dull?

Bob's part of this yarn is the least engaging, so of course he's the character the audience is supposed to identify with and follow through the film.

, an able cast, a political pseudo-relevance) seemed to be undercut by clunky writing, tacky 'Watch people fall down, get run over, and laugh' stunts, and a painfully disjointed plot which can barely be deemed a plot at all.

I say it is just stupid and a bit dull.

A lot could be explained had I known this came from the same team that churned out Leatherheads, which until this movie, had been George Clooney's worst movie.

One of the worst movies EVER .

The Men Who Stare at Goats is a small film, one that has been disappointingly limited in its distribution, but it is extremely enjoyable because of the many laughs and precise tone of the characterisation.

After a friend kindly gave me the chance to read Jon Ronson's fascinating book The Psychopath Test,I decided to take a look at what else Ronson had written,and I was surprised to discover that one of his books had been adapted for the big screen,which led to me getting ready to out-stare a goat.

The friction between the two main characters works but the plot is just a wee bit dull in the middle.

Aside from that depressing fact, the movie itself was pretty shallow and boring.

I just went through it the way you eat your meal while looking at the fascinating dessert every 5 seconds, all the time I just wanted it to end so I could find something more useful to do than watching the worst comedy I had watched for the last few months.

Was this a comedy, social commentary, drama, coming of age story, anti-war flick?

It's boring in the extreme.

But the film is nonetheless well worth watching

Though I found the story a little dull and easy at times, it's overall entertaining and in its better moments even surprising and touching.

Sorry, but this is one of the worst movies I have seen in quite some time.

"The Men Who Stare at Goats" is a fascinating subject that gets the "Saturday Night Live" treatment.

I highly recommend it to any Ewen McGregor, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey or Jeff Bridges fan, for fans of those men will not be disappointed with the acting and mannerisms of the characters those actors portrayed.

The real story (at least according to its description on the books Psi Spies and Remote Viewers) is simultaneously exciting, tragic and funny, and it had the perfect potential of being told in a movie.

It's not the funniest movie I've seen, but it's one of the most interesting and intriguing stories that you can't get enough of.

Well worth watching.

A confusing collection of scenes .

Nothing happens.

It is so boring I was falling asleep.

We have recommended it to a number of friends who have totally enjoyed it also.

" I had to try very hard to focus as it was so boring.

The flashbacks weren't confusing, but in a slower paced film like this one, I think they were sometimes more of a distraction than plot-enhancers.

Anyhow its worth watching with comedy point of viewMy rating 7.3 out of 10.

But the second 45 is a bit slower and it may get tiresome or boring.

What a useless meaningless movie .

This was definitely one of Clooney's worst movies to date.

Waste of time to watch.