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Magic Mike (15)

Magic Mike (15)

Comedy, Drama

A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.

The critical consensus

Soderbergh lets his hair down with a frank, funny dramedy that bulges with humour, heart and smarts as McConaughey gives it everything he’s got, in a potentially gong-grabbing turn.

****(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 02/07/2012

[Soderbergh] made a classy film on a tacky subject, without dressing it up in any way that betrays the setting, or apologises for what it’s about. It’s not a major Soderbergh project, on paper, but it transcends every possible expectation, and his wrangling of the cast is so impressive that just about everyone comes out smelling of roses. Well, roses and baby oil.

*****Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 05/07/2012

Magic Mike is aimed squarely at the chick-flick brigade and goes to places few chick flicks have been before.

***(*)(*)David Edwards, Daily Record, 06/07/2012

Soderbergh remains one of the most unpredictable talents in modern movies, one minute making crowd-pleasers like Ocean’s Eleven, Erin Brock­ovich or Out Of Sight, the next delivering snoozers like Haywire or The Good German. Who would have guessed a movie about male strippers would be among the best of his career?

Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 08/07/2012

The final act has an inevitable wavering patch when the film is obliged to tut-tut about the shallowness of the stripping, drinking, bantering, carousing and whooping it has previously enjoyed, but this is terrific entertainment with a sideline in wry melancholia and testosterone-fuelled philosophy. Have 20 dollars.

****(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 09/07/2012

Tatum and Cody Horn have a lovely, easy rapport, and Brit Pettyfer acquits himself handsomely. It’s the rousing and ridiculous dance routines, however, that will make Magic Mike a girls’-night-out favourite.

Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 11/07/2012

The film gets by on the bump and grind charm of its players (Matthew McConaughey, as the club’s charismatic MC and stripping Peter Pan, is a revelation) but by the end you’ll be left as frustrated as the Xquisite’s horny clientele. This is dry hump cinema – fun but flaccid.

***(*)(*)Jamie Dunn, The Skinny, 11/07/2012

Magic Mike is another fascinating curio in a career littered with them – that’s something for which it’s worth parting with cash.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 12/07/2012

What makes Soderbergh's film chaotic also makes it interesting. McConaughey, Pettyfer and Tatum, a young actor who gets better with every movie (as long as he steers away from mush such as Dear John), are terrifically watchable, even if they are sometimes exposing more to the camera than their emotions.

Alison Rowat, The Herald, 12/07/2012

Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey shine in title roles but let down by other weak performances.

****(*)Hannah McGill, The List, 12/07/2012

It's a well-handled, engaging, lightweight picture. Rumours of Soderbergh's departure from film-making seem to be premature. But I'm sure he can make films with more muscle than this.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 12/07/2012

Boogie (nights) wonderland.

Andy Tweddle, Little White Lies, 11/07/2012

The first half delivers just as much fun as you'd expect from a comedy drama about a troupe of male strippers, and twice as much fun as you'd expect from any film directed by Steven Soderbergh. The second half is where the magic fades.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 15/07/2012

The film isn't especially original and takes few real risks.

Philip French, The Observer, 15/07/2012

Features about Magic Mike (15)

Channing Tatum lifted our stories, say strippers

Ben Child, The Guardian, 19/06/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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