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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009)

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Taglines: Don't say you weren't warned... listen in.

Director: John Krasinski

Writers: John Krasinski, David Foster Wallace

Stars: Julianne Nicholson, Ben Shenkman, Timothy Hutton, Michael Cerveris, ...

A graduate student (Nicholson) copes with a recent breakup by conducting interviews with various men.

70 | James Greenberg

One hell of a date movie. A surgical examination of the male psyche based on David Foster Wallace's book and written and directed by John Krasinski, there is plenty of food for thought and argument.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

67 | Owen Gleiberman

At times, the movie could have been called "Me and You and Every One of the Bastards We Know," but Krasinski preserves Wallace's whooshing roller coasters of words, powered by the fuel of confession.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

67 | Noel Murray

Raises the question of whether Krasinski made this movie because he really loves Wallace’s work, or because just he wanted to show Hollywood that the loveable doof from The Office can actually act.
Read More: The A.V. Club

63 | Claudia Puig

An insightful, sharply written and unsettlingly amusing exploration of the darker elements of masculinity.
Read More: USA Today

60 | Elizabeth Weitzman

In his directorial debut, Krasinski doesn't seem to believe in his hideous men so much as he appears intimidated by them.
Read More: New York Daily News

50 | David Edelstein

Works only in spurts.
Read More: New York Magazine (Vulture)

50 | Kyle Smith

A blast from the 1980s, when the idea that men were essentially rapists and women rapees was a popular way to score chicks on campus.
Read More: New York Post

50 | Michael Ordona

The film is intelligent, well crafted and often funny, but it may not sufficiently reward even the brief time it asks one to spend with such hideous men.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

50 | Wesley Morris

If we learn nothing else about Krasinski as a filmmaker, it’s that he thinks more is more.
Read More: Boston Globe

50 | Steven Rea

What this arid and arty exercise offers is the opportunity for a bunch of actors, many of them tethered to TV series, to deliver theatrical monologues pulsing with misogyny and narcissism. It's like second-rate Neil Labute.
Read More: Philadelphia Inquirer

40 | Todd McCarthy

It's a very academic movie about academics that belongs in academia, not movie theaters.
Read More: Variety

40 | David Fear

The question is, could someone turn these full-frontal-dudity snapshots into a satisfying, cohesive movie? Answer: no, but not for lack of trying.
Read More: Time Out New York

40 | Ian Buckwalter

Faced with the unenviable choice between honoring his daunting inspiration and telling his own story, the director shoots straight down the middle -- and misses both targets.
Read More: NPR

40 | Stephen Holden

Compacted into an 80-minute mishmash of interviews, confessions and sketches, melded into a shaky mosaic, the answers from a cross section of men are shallow, self-serving and ultimately unenlightening.
Read More: The New York Times

40 | Kimberley Jones

They’re not all hideous, the men who sit for interviews with a graduate student (Nicholson) and unload their dirty laundry. Sometimes they’re just feckless, or crass; some are even pitiable.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

20 | Chuck Wilson

As a film, Brief Interviews With Hideous Men is a disaster.
Read More: Village Voice