Magic Mike – What the Critics Are Saying

By Carrie Straus June 29, 2012 02:27 PM
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Magic Mike – What the Critics Are Saying

As if it even matters..we’re still going! So let’s then see what the critics are saying about how HOT the movie is (and a smokin’ clip to boot):

“Yes, it is loosely based on star Channing Tatum’s real-life stripper past, and, yes, the cast is basically comprised of a bunch of sinewy studs, but judging from the critical reception and certified “Fresh” rating over at Rotten Tomatoes, there is much more to “Magic Mike” than just a bunch of man candy.”— Kara Warner,

“The hip-pumping studs who work at the Xquisite dance club know a thing or two about making the ladies scream in delight. But nobody works the crowd like Magic Mike (a terrific Channing Tatum), the gyrating main attraction in Steven Soderbergh’s funny, enjoyable romp about male strippers and the American dream.” — Manohla Dargis,

Much of the fun comes from the elaborate strip club routines where all the guys get into the act, although at a certain point, the guys’ dance numbers stop doing much to move the story forward and it’s being done just to give the ladies in the audience some eye candy. None of the other male actors really get enough screen time to really think much of them beyond being there for their bodies.” — Edward Douglas,


“If you can’t send your audience home with a smile in a film that features a group of half-naked dudes using umbrellas as blatant phallic symbols during a performance of ‘It’s Raining Men,’ you’re probably doing something wrong.” — Ian Buckwalter, NPR

‘At night, however, he [Mike] becomes a king. At the Xquisite Male Dance Revue, a grimy little strip club for women, he goes out on stage in a variety of costumes (soldier, cop, B-boy), and after whipping the customers into a frenzy with his cool athletic dance moves, he sends them over the top by tearing his clothes off. His torso is beyond ripped — it’s the body of a superhero — but what seals the deal is the mad twinkle in his eye. It’s a look that says, ”I know you know how sexy I am, so let’s stop being nice. Let’s get it on!”’ — Owen Gleiberman, EW


“From the opening shots of a buff, naughty McConaughey teasing the audience in tight leather trousers (“What can’t you touch?”), it’s clear that Soderbergh has the measure of what his audience wants. He’s going to give it to them, too, but not too much, too soon because the tease is as important as the strip…Brawny and bruised, Tatum doesn’t look like it but he is a heck of a dancer. If the movie was in 3-D you’d probably be stuffing bills into his briefs, bills like the ones we see Mike flattening under a heavy book in one of the film’s numerous truthful touches.” — Tom Charity, CNN

Well, girls…are we suitable revved up? Go get your tickets!

Rated five hot tamales on the hot tamale train.