'The Love Guru' Critic Reviews

26%
MovieWeb:   10 reviews
14%
Rotten Tomatoes:   172 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    25
    If you're in the mood for a delightful tweak of today's self-actualizing New Age gurus, look elsewhere. If, on the other hand, you want to see gags about boogers, elephant poop, and mano-a-mano duels with mops drenched in urine, then this is for you.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    10
    The Love Guru is downright antifunny, an experience that makes you wonder if you will ever laugh again.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    Myers' shtick isn't for everyone, but I laughed. Looking around, however, I saw that my fellow critics were enjoying themselves as much as Gordon Brown on the beach at Southwold.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    It's a silly spoof that is occasionally funny but grows tedious with excessive mugging and bad punning.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • John Anderson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Mike Myers is anti-comedy . . . that is, if one presumes comedy ought to be smart, new, surprising or, yes, funny.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    25
    Things are so bad here that the few good ideas seem brilliant.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    Let's not pussyfoot around: The Love Guru is an atrocious, idiotic 88 minutes of anti-entertainment.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    The road taken by The Love Guru could hardly be lower, and leads nowhere.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    50
    This is dangerous advice for a writer to give (talk about glass houses), but Mike Myers needs an editor. He needs someone with a fat red pen to scratch out a few of his worst bad habits.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    59
    Juvenile. Strained. This baggy tale of a loopy Deepak Chopra wannabe is all that and then some. The thing is it's also pretty funny as long as you know what you're in for.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    38
    When Pitka ends his bite-size lessons with 'TM,' we should understand it's not meditation but branding he's after.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    25
    The movie not only violates the Law of Funny Names (which are usually not funny), but rips it from the Little Movie Glossary and tramples it into the ice.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    We're talking 15 or 20 minutes of decent material. The movie runs a little longer than that.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    With its scatological humor, penis jokes, feeble puns, and middle-school ideal of love, this Mike Myers vehicle exemplifies American comedy's continuing slide into infantilism.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    In reality, The Love Guru isn't likely to offend anyone -- save, perhaps, audiences that prefer their comedy sophisticated, not sophomoric, and devoid of references to bodily functions.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    No amount of mugging can salvage a collection of scattershot jokes clothes-pinned to such a slender plot. It's one thing to parody a cowboy or a detective or a spy, but is there a cultural consensus on what's funny about Third World spiritualists?
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Adam Graham Detroit News (Top Critic)
    17
    For a comic genius, Mike Myers sure aims low.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    30
    Laughs forgive a lot. Just ask Judd Apatow. But when the funniest line in the movie is an outtake from Verne Troyer, you've got problems.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Brian Lowry Variety (Top Critic)
    The Love Guru is so relentlessly juvenile as to merit a new twist on the PG-13 rating -- one that strongly cautions not only those under 13 but anyone much above it, too.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    At 88 minutes, The Love Guru would have benefited from a trim of roughly 80 minutes.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    75
    It's vintage Myers, with an outrageous, broadly played character borrowed from Peter Sellers, silly makeup, bad puns, innuendo, the occasional pause for song and dance and Myers' ongoing obsession with little people.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    Myers' Pitka is the stealthiest of holy rollers: he makes you roar just when you think he's going to hell in a hand basket.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Cole Haddon Film.com (Top Critic)
    59
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  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    25
    Sorry, time's up. The final buzzer has gone on our spirited game of Spot the Laugh.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    The picture, written by Myers and Graham Gordy and directed by Marco Schnabel (no relation to Julian), is listless and pokey, chiefly because watching Myers in this particular guise is almost completely joyless.
    Full Review » 6 years ago