'The Three Stooges' Critic Reviews

57%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
52%
Rotten Tomatoes:   148 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    It's an enchantingly well-done tribute that revives, and even refreshes, our affection for the Stooges, yet at its core it lacks the completely and totally unhinged shock of the new.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    Peter and Bobby Farrelly's thoroughly enjoyable paean to Moe, Larry and Curly and the art of the eye poke.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Phelim O'Neill Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    It shows that what made the Stooges work all those years ago, though hardly in vogue, still works today.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    Pop culture references intermingle with the loopy trio's iconic foolishness, and the result is a movie with some big laughs, plenty of heart and terrible coifs.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Sean O'Connell Washington Post (Top Critic)
    38
    Even by Stooges standards, it's overly juvenile and totally dumb.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    It pleases me to report that the movie is far from a disaster - on a dozen or so occasions, it's even funny.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The leads acquit themselves in the physical comedy, resurrecting shtick honed on a thousand-and-one vaudeville stages, and recreated in as many playgrounds.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    It's a concept that shouldn't work at all. But - who'da thunk it? - it's better than a hammer to the head.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    50
    ...while a good part of the picture reached my submerged Stooges person and made him laugh, too much of it just didn't connect at all.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The movie is so infantile that it achieves a special kind of purity and gentleness.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    I didn't laugh much.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    I spent a lot of "The Three Stooges" staring, not laughing. For me this was a stare-out-loud affair.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    There is hardly a smidgeon of comic invention here.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    The movie is content to simply mimic the old Stooges, bringing nothing new to the table.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    Leave it to a sibling comedy duo to recognize the potential for brotherly love amid the Three Stooges' slap-happy antics, adding a welcome heartwarming dynamic to the gang's signature eye-poking, head-knocking routine.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    You would think that after a quarter-century in development at four different studios, somebody would have figured out how to make a funny movie about the Three Stooges.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    The Three Stooges is moronic, stupid, idiotic entertainment for knuckleheads.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider Film.com (Top Critic)
    42
    Any reasonable objections to the Farrellys' Three Stooges will not be on the grounds that it desecrates a revered comedy franchise, but on the grounds that it's not very funny.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephen Cole Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    The Three Stooges weighs in at about 15 howlers over 90 minutes. Not bad, about the same ratio of hilarity to hokey as the Stooges' old shorts.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    [A] funny, good-hearted resuscitation of Hollywood's beloved lowbrow lunkheads.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    50
    A little nyuk-nyuk-nyuk goes a long way in "The Three Stooges," Peter and Bobby Farrelly's feature-length homage to the classic slapstick comedy trio.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Richard Corliss TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    The purpose of the entire enterprise seems to demonstrate the superiority of slapstick sadism from 75 years ago to the wan attempts at PG-rated roughhouse today.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    50
    For the Farrellys, The Three Stooges is a labor of love. For non-believers, it's merely a labor.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    60
    There is an appealing nyuk, nyuk nostalgic spirit to"The Three Stooges."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Glasson Concrete Playground
    40
    Short, silly and charmingly harmless, it's likely only the Stooges aficionados will find a whole lot to love.
    Full Review » 1 year ago