10:58 pm - 06/30/2012

'Magic Mike' Reviews: Channing Tatum's stripper drama delivers goods

The "Magic Mike" reviews are beginning to show some skin.

"'Magic Mike' should ride into release ... with healthy word of mouth, if only judging by the enthusiasm level in the ladies room following a press screening last week," Movieline's Jen Yamato noted, while adding that some male viewers were "lukewarm" on the bare-naked proceedings.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, "Magic Mike" is based on the early life experiences of star Channing Tatum, who was once a male stripper. The film details the highs and lows of the profession, with a cavalcade of hunky and manscaped actors (Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez and more) along for the ride.

"['Magic Mike'] is arguably the raunchiest, funniest and most enjoyably nonjudgmental American movie about selling sex since 'Boogie Nights,' its obvious if considerably darker precursor," wrote David Rooney in his positive review for The Hollywood Reporter.

"Boogie Nights," the 1997 drama from director Paul Thomas Anderson, tracked the rise and fall of a male porn star (Mark Wahlberg) during the late '70s and early '80s, a time frame that "Magic Mike" apparently recalls.

Tweeted Variety reporter Jeff Sneider: MAGIC MIKE plays like a 70s character drama that also delivers the fun goods female & gay auds are expecting while not alienating str8 aud.

According to Katie Walsh at Indiewire's blog The Playlist, "Magic Mike" belongs to Tatum -- something that may not come as a big surprise, considering it's partially based on his life.

"It would seem that Soderbergh and Tatum are an odd couple, but Soderbergh has achieved a rare director/star symbiotic relationship with Tatum in this film -- one where the director is able to fully distill the essence of his star and showcase his natural aura and charm in the very best light," she wrote. "The film is Tatum’s and he fills the screen with his easy smile and relaxed flirtation."

so how was Magic Mike, ONTD?

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desirehis_heart 30th-Jun-2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
too much of that annoying blonde girl tbh
fwee_prower 30th-Jun-2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
ikr. Alex was so annoying.
moddchicc 30th-Jun-2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
desirehis_heart 30th-Jun-2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
lmao! i didn't care for him towards the end, i'll admit
poop_of_death 30th-Jun-2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
hemsworth 30th-Jun-2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
lmao ikr hated him
withoutyoursmil 30th-Jun-2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
dolce_piccante 30th-Jun-2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
ia. worst part of the movie.
shinebrighter 30th-Jun-2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
are you talking about the main one from the previews? i haven't seen the movie yet but dang she looks like a terrible actress
pastelstar 30th-Jun-2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
Yes. And her weird way of talking.
secret_weapon84 1st-Jul-2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
ia. also just learned that her daddy is the COO of Warner Brothers...which could explain how she got this role. daddy did her a solid. bitch was horrible.
mcflybaby 3rd-Jul-2012 03:18 am (UTC)
i disagree bb, i actually really loved how plain and non glam~ she was.
headswillroll88 30th-Jun-2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
blowjob 30th-Jun-2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
This movie is only worth seeing for Olivia Munn.
thishollywood 30th-Jun-2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
:) :)
dazonen 30th-Jun-2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
LOOOOL she was so bad.
bellyroomfan 30th-Jun-2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
she's horrible in everything though so this should come as no surprise.
duckyduck92 30th-Jun-2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
When she got naked I was like this is old news.
goldenmeans 30th-Jun-2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
hardcoreninja11 30th-Jun-2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
hemsworth 30th-Jun-2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
l o l no
lovebats 30th-Jun-2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
actxappalledx 30th-Jun-2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
that gif, DEAR JESUS
eveluvden 1st-Jul-2012 01:17 am (UTC)
isntdaveone 30th-Jun-2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
groffiswin in.gif form30th-Jun-2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
isntdaveone Re: in.gif form30th-Jun-2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
deathcrew77 Re: in.gif form30th-Jun-2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
nonparaille Re: in.gif form30th-Jun-2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
Omg, he looks like he's about to sit down on the toilet lmao.
mhfromnh 30th-Jun-2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
I want to poke them cheeks.
slaygalthessily 30th-Jun-2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
that's it. i'm throwing aside all my plans tonight and am going to see this movie. :)
fancycarousel 30th-Jun-2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
a movie poast yay.

saw The Skin I Live In last night, Vicente omg kdfaskfdjOKDJLKJELWKEWOEKL
rubberkeyhole 30th-Jun-2012 10:06 pm (UTC)
that movie fucked with my head so bad...it still kind of creeps me out!
queenoftea 30th-Jun-2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
omg that movie D:
sookehhh 30th-Jun-2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
I will just illegally stream this and watch it on mute.
princssnikki2 30th-Jun-2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
My friend told me to do that. She said it was horrible.
bellyroomfan 30th-Jun-2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
if you like soderbergh's style, its amazing. if you don't, its terrible.
rubyboots 30th-Jun-2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
I just can't find this shit sexy, I'm sorry. Men covered in oil and dancing all ~sexxi~ and rubbing themselves ugh, it's hilarious and I can't take it seriously or find it hot

Also, Channing Tatum looks like Wayne Rooney.

Edited at 2012-06-30 08:17 pm (UTC)
parker_hallie 30th-Jun-2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
ia, I feel kind of asexual for not finding male strippers sexy but idk, guys are sexy to me when they're doing everyday things like fixing stuff/lifting things around the house/playing football or whatever.
rubyboots 30th-Jun-2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
ikr? anything else just seems like an awkward, ridiculous performance! Which it...obviously is, but that's precisely why I don't find it attractive D: That and the corny music and the fact that huge muscles and Ken doll six packs are gross to me
whatwouldwasdo 30th-Jun-2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
fuckyess 1st-Jul-2012 12:09 am (UTC)
i don't find male strippers or the things you mentioned sexy, but i do find other stuff sexy

male strippers are just UGH NO
ohryouchipi 1st-Jul-2012 01:32 am (UTC)
so true,
acharmedlife 1st-Jul-2012 03:49 am (UTC)
eh, I don't find them sexy either. I'm with you - everyday stuff, oh lawd. stripper shit - nope.
queen_haq 30th-Jun-2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
I'm the same way. I do find guys sexy when they're dancing the tango or something like that but stripping? Ew. No. Plus I've been to a strip club twice (both times for stags) and the whole thing was just a complete turn-off.
lathwen1 30th-Jun-2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
highflyer8 30th-Jun-2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
I'm not attracted to normal male strippers, but hot actors that I already find attractive dancing and taking their clothes off? Yes please.
isthisdesire 30th-Jun-2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
LOL yes

I've gone to them a couple of times and I can't find these guys hawt/sexy b/c it's too hilarious
tsuki_yagami 30th-Jun-2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
lol same
possevi 30th-Jun-2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
I don't think male stripping is sexy but I DO want throngs of people to see this so it makes an assload of money and Hollywood will pander women too and not just men.
very_veggie 1st-Jul-2012 12:34 am (UTC)
I don't find it sexy at all, either--so much secondhand embarrassment.
peenpoop 30th-Jun-2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
A year ago we were all laughing at this movie and now it's a critical and box office hit.
p2bab 30th-Jun-2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
ONTD is always wrong about everything.
guccipostagurl 30th-Jun-2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
lol this is very true
lestat 30th-Jun-2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
i remember ontd saying the hunger games was going to flop.
thishollywood 30th-Jun-2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
"bridesmaids & drive are the best movies of 2011!!!"
the_wolski 30th-Jun-2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
swim_thedepths 30th-Jun-2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
lol this is true. I like when they try to be high brow about movies.
neonxstardust 30th-Jun-2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
ikr! I've become a fan of Channing Tatum since 21 Jump Street though, so I'm strangely pleased for him.
jrh19782002 30th-Jun-2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
i bet it will make 50 mill this weekend.
hannahstarr 30th-Jun-2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
ikr, when two of my friends said a few weeks ago that they wanted to see it I thought they were joking. Nope.
rabbitncavylove 1st-Jul-2012 05:39 am (UTC)
tatum has turned into box office gold tho
dancedallnight 30th-Jun-2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
i should have been warned that i would have to see a topless olivia munn

the kid's sister sucked and they should have just dropped her character all together.

it's really cute that they bothered to include a plot

LOL at how little lines the other strippers had.

Is the Pony scene on youtube yet? because honestly, I'll pay to see it again just to watch that part. Jenna Dewan is one lucky lady.
dancedallnight 30th-Jun-2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
lawd i just watched this and i had the BIGGEST smile on my face lol.
evett 30th-Jun-2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
That was it? Really? The way people on ontd talked it up...smh

It was like watching an outtake from Step Up.
d00ditsemily 30th-Jun-2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
the girl filming is the exact reason i'm not going to go see this in theaters.
ellaellaeheheh 30th-Jun-2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
queenoftea 30th-Jun-2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
DYING at that girl in the audience. Like you ain't never seen an ass before girl? Come on.
withoutyoursmil 30th-Jun-2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
visual_elegance 30th-Jun-2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
wow, a topless Olivia Munn is the only part of this movie I wanna see..
possevi 30th-Jun-2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
There is a topless Olivia? WHY THE FUCK? Ugh...
pastelstar 30th-Jun-2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
Seriously, Channing was INSANE in that scene.

I was pissed there wasn't more Bomer.
silverstarry 1st-Jul-2012 02:44 am (UTC)
poetic_pixie_13 30th-Jun-2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to see this masterpiece~

That tweet bugs me though. Queer women do exist, y'know. And tbh I don't really care if straight dudes are alienated by this movie.
possevi 30th-Jun-2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
Queer women do exist, but on some level, the pandering of the male gaze can be sexy to lesbians on some level (hot women being hot), while straight women are rarely ever pandered to in films.
fwee_prower 30th-Jun-2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
So. was there nice naked shots.
tw_31988 30th-Jun-2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
i've read that there were some nice ass shots but no frontal :(
dnfrommn 30th-Jun-2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
there is a close up of Manjello using a cock pump, it's totally a fake dick in there though.
bellyroomfan 30th-Jun-2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
lots of ass shots but no peen, idk, i wasn't disappointed but then again, peen usually disappoints me so.
oblivious_frog 30th-Jun-2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised this has 80% on rotten tomatoes tbh.
I think Maybe I'll go see Brave and sneak into this or sneak into this after Spider Man next week idk.
britaloonie 1st-Jul-2012 01:14 am (UTC)
give it a week or two, the old women and middle aged groups of women seeing it were super embarrassing. it is totally worth following up another movie with.
oakenshield 30th-Jun-2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
where's the fry gif for "shut up and take my money"

because that's how I feel all about this
rubyboots 30th-Jun-2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
0sleep2dream0 30th-Jun-2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
Did Riley get naked in it?
prettymagic 30th-Jun-2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
she was topless
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