'The Three Stooges' Critic Reviews

65%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
52%
Rotten Tomatoes:   148 reviews
  • Betsy Sherman Boston Phoenix
    75
    Chris Diamantopoulos leads the cast as an amazing Moe; not only does he capture that cartoonish '30s body language, but he makes his face look like a fist.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Susan Granger SSG Syndicate
    50
    Frantic and foolishly funny
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  • Jackie K. Cooper jackiekcooper.com
    70
    I walked into the theater with a feeling of dread and walked out with a smile on my face. The three guys won me over.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Diana Saenger ReviewExpress.com
    70
    A Laugh A Minute
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  • Eric Melin Scene-Stealers.com
    63
    So lighthearted and good-natured it's almost impossible to resist completely. A couple of the sequences come close to hilarity, but if the last reel would have taken the slapstick to dizzying idiotic heights, it would be a solid movie all around.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York
    60
    As with the shorts, our enjoyment was never about the scenarios, just the weird Zen of furious hand-to-Stooge combat.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    25
    A miscalculation of near epic proportions...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mike McGranaghan Aisle Seat
    38
    Seeing a movie in which three other actors play the Stooges is akin to watching an Elvis impersonator. Sure, it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, but it most certainly is not a duck.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeanne Kaplan Kaplan vs. Kaplan
    Despite what one may think of The Three Stooges and their comedic style, it is tough stuff --- pratfalls, slapping, poking eyes, etc. It's all in the timing, and to make it look real and seamless takes a lot of practice.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Frank Wilkins Frank's Reel Reviews
    40
    Neither as laugh-out-loud funny as many had hoped for, nor as excruciatingly dreadful as most feared it would be.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Kaplan Kaplan vs. Kaplan
    If I had to choose one of the trio for most outstanding Stooge portrayal, it would be Diamantopoulos. His physical transformation to Moe is uncanny, but it is his demeanor that is truly amazing.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Arbeiter Hollywood.com
    If you are a Stooge purist who is offended by the very idea of a contemporary "revival" of the act, the movie won't change your mind.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Robert Denerstein Movie Habit
    The Farrelly brothers manage a fine imitation of The Three Stooges, but the movie never quite comes together
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    50
    For all of the tremendous effort put into transposing The Three Stooges' brand of physical comedy into a feature film, an unpolished script hampers the result. First-act laughs succumb to third-act disappointment.
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  • Phil Villarreal OK! Magazine
    63
    I hope this is the start of a franchise, but not of feature-length sequels. Just three-minute-long shorts that play as prologues to real comedies.
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  • Nell Minow Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
    17
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  • Leonard Maltin ReelzChannel.com
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  • Matt Brunson Creative Loafing
    38
    Can anyone who isn't a Stooge fan possibly enjoy The Three Stooges? More to the point, can anyone who IS a Stooge fan (like me) possibly find merit in this Farrelly misfire?
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  • Eric D. Snider EricDSnider.com
    42
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  • Devin Faraci Badass Digest
    If you're a Stooges fan, go see the movie. If you like crude, silly slapstick, go see the movie. If you have a stick up your ass, go see Titanic.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Gary Wolcott Tri-City Herald
    80
    Sometimes, it's smart to do dumb. Unlike about half the Farrelly brothers flicks, The Three Stooges is actually funny.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Leonard Maltin Leonard Maltin's Picks
    105
    None of this would be possible without the inspired and fully-committed performances of Sean Hayes as Larry, Will Sasso as Curly, and Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe... They never break character or wink at the audience...
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  • Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews
    42
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  • Kimberly Gadette Doddle
    45
    The movie provides its own answer as to why the original Stooges' earlier projects were confined to two-reelers and shorts. Sometimes Moe is less.
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  • Rich Heldenfels Akron Beacon Journal
    75
    Sure, it's derivative, and sentimental. But it still made me laugh more than once.
    Full Review » 2 years ago