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Idiocracy Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 60

    out of 100

    Variety Robert Koehler

    A satire for its time. What Judge is less sure of here than in his previous, perfectly pitched live-action comedy "Office Space," is how to build a complete movie around his key ideas.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Idiocracy, is often stingingly funny -- and an undeserving resident of the summer's-end movie dumping ground.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    The plot, naturally, is silly and not exactly bound by logic. But it's Judge's gimlet-eyed knack for nightmarish extrapolation that makes Idiocracy a cathartic delight.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Vulgar satire manages to be both stupid and smart.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie's sharp-toothed satire is loaded with a lot of strong language, jokes about sex, and physical comedy involving blows to the crotch.

  • Families can talk about the ideas here -- does pop culture reward people for being stupid? Is a culture of instant gratification and consumerism bad for long-term intellectual development?
  • Families can also talk about the movie's satirical roots -- what does this vulgar, silly comedy have in common with the work of, for example, Jonathan Swift?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: The satirical message -- that the ignorant are outbreeding the intelligent, to a degree that will make a future full of morons -- is stern, strong, tough-to-take stuff. A main character learns to take responsibility and become a leader; as this happens in a world of idiots, though, it's hard to contextualize it in a positive light.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: The main character is a decent, if dim, man of principle.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Comedic fighting, scuffling, and blows to the groin. A character is beaten by the police. Comedic gunplay and explosions. A character is pepper sprayed.

  • sex false4

    Sex: A character is a prostitute; much discussion of sex, sexual matters, prostitution, and "pimping." Nude male buttocks for gratuitous comic value. Constant comedic references to masturbation and other sex acts.

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent strong language, including "s--t," "ass," "f--k," "asshole," "motherf---er," "balls," "Goddamn" and more. The N-word is used. "Fag" and "retard" are used as insults.

  • consumerism false4

    Consumerism: Many brands mentioned in a satirical context -- including Costco, Starbucks, Carl's Jr., Lexus, Gatorade, and more.