'The Three Stooges' Critic Reviews
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.
Frantic and foolishly funny
Jackie K. Cooper
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.
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.
Time Out New York
As with the shorts, our enjoyment was never about the scenarios, just the weird Zen of furious hand-to-Stooge combat.
Reel Film Reviews
A miscalculation of near epic proportions...
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.
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.
Frank's Reel Reviews
Neither as laugh-out-loud funny as many had hoped for, nor as excruciatingly dreadful as most feared it would be.
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.
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.
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.
The Farrelly brothers manage a fine imitation of The Three Stooges, but the movie never quite comes together
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.
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
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?
Eric D. Snider
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.
Sometimes, it's smart to do dumb. Unlike about half the Farrelly brothers flicks, The Three Stooges is actually funny.
Film Journal International
A misbegotten attempt to revive the anarchic slapstick antics of the trio who scandalized generations of parents and update it for 21st-century audiences.
Leonard Maltin's Picks
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...
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.