'Zack and Miri Make a Porno' Critic Reviews

87%
MovieWeb:   14 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   198 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    34
    Of course, what Zack and Miri actually make -- and what Rogen and Banks power their way through with a cherubic energy above and beyond the call of duty for a premise so inconsequential and puerile -- is another Kevin Smith comedy.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    88
    Zack and Miri Make a Porno, in spite of its lewdness, follows a gee-whiz romantic-comedy formula that would not be out of place on the Disney Channel.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    This is a very ordinary comedy script, and the presence of Smith's trusty repertory players in minor roles makes this for fans only.
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  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    It's a funny concept whose execution does not live up to its potential.
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  • Neely Tucker Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Everyone on screen seems to be having so much fun.
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  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    Other peoples' emotional intimacy can be downright embarrassing. Here, sadly, it's also boring.
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  • Robert Wilonsky Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Nothing about Zack and Miri feels terribly fresh, much less transgressive.
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  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    50
    Without the wit, raunchiness tends to feel uncomfortably forced. And the moments when Z&M works are, almost without exception, the ones that are more sweet than shocking. All the rest, frankly, feel like Apatow Lite.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Seth Rogen is totally out of control. He's been marvelously funny in the past, and will be again, but get that party animal back in his cage.
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  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    38
    Despite all the waggish raunch-talk, it's just not especially funny. And despite all the agile intercourse (originally rated NC-17), it's frankly kind of a bore.
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  • Tom Maurstad Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    59
    [Rogen's] funny, it works.
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  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    It's written and directed by Kevin Smith -- and hats off to him for being savvy enough to go for a piece of the Apatow action! Too bad he doesn't rise to the occasion.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    Kevin Smith turns out to be reverent after all: he wants to separate true love from mere copulating for money, but his story mixes romance and porn so inextricably that he seems confused, and the movie trips over its own conceits.
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  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    Will this movie offend you? Somehow Kevin Smith's very excesses defuse the material.
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  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    While I wouldn't call the role of cheery, foul-mouthed Miri nuanced, Banks and Rogen click in a way that Rogen and Katherine Heigl in Knocked Up did not.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    There's a warm Boogie Nights-style vibe to the little family of oddballs Zack and Miri recruit to help them.
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  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    This one's for the Smith cultists.
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  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    It's a pleasant story, but not particularly well-told.
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  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    There are laughs. Big, loud laughs. Laughs of self-recognition, laughs at social duplicity, laughs at prejudices of all types. Lots of laughs about the most basic of human functions. And many, many laughs at our own inhibitions.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    Zack and Miri ends up as an interesting hybrid: a sweet, feel-good comedy that makes you feel like you need a shower after you've watched it.
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  • Sara Vilkomerson New York Observer (Top Critic)
    It's hard to imagine this film succeeding on any level without Mr. Rogen and Ms. Banks as the leads.
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  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    The bluntly titled Zack and Miri Make a Porno is a cheerfully vulgar love story or a sweet-hearted sex farce, however you want to look at it.
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  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    The funniest movie of Smith's I've seen since Clerks. It's When Harry Did Sally.
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  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    40
    It's a slow-footed film that confirms that Smith may never be able to lift his game to that 40 Year Old Virgin level of heart and romance. He's just too juvenile to pull it off.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    38
    Zack and Miri isn't very funny. Laugh-out-loud bits here are as rare as real breasts in an adult film.
    Full Review » 6 years ago