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The Three Stooges (2012)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 142
Fresh: 73 | Rotten: 69

While nowhere near as painful as it could have been, The Three Stooges fails to add fresh laughs to the Stooges' inestimable cinematic legacy.


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 16

While nowhere near as painful as it could have been, The Three Stooges fails to add fresh laughs to the Stooges' inestimable cinematic legacy.



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Left on a nun's doorstep, Larry, Curly and Moe grow up finger-poking, nyuk-nyuking and woo-woo-wooing their way to uncharted levels of knuckleheaded misadventure. Out to save their childhood home, only The Three Stooges could become embroiled in an oddball murder plot...while also stumbling into starring in a phenomenally successful TV reality show. -- (C) 20th Century Fox




Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

Jul 17, 2012


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All Critics (143) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (73) | Rotten (69) | DVD (1)

'The Three Stooges' is exactly the film it wants to be. Was it worth ten years of anyone's life? Probably not. Is it worth 88 minutes of yours? Absolutely.

August 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The movie is so infantile that it achieves a special kind of purity and gentleness.

April 23, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (3)
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The metafriction between these classic dupes and today's idiots chafes uneasily.

April 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The leads acquit themselves in the physical comedy, resurrecting shtick honed on a thousand-and-one vaudeville stages, and recreated in as many playgrounds.

April 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Any reasonable objections to the Farrellys' Three Stooges will not be on the grounds that it desecrates a revered comedy franchise, but on the grounds that it's not very funny.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comments (17)
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If this is a tribute, it's a crass and clumsy one.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (9)
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When the movie works, it can derive some raucous laughter...

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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It's innocent and silly and brainless and funny. This is not a dumb comedy done smartly; this is a dumb comedy done dumbly.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

Short, silly and charmingly harmless, it's likely only the Stooges aficionados will find a whole lot to love.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Stooges will resonate strongly or not at all, depending on the viewer. But a Jersey Shore experience is about where the film falls short of honorable intentions.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

The Farrelly brothers return to the vacuously silly style of Dumb and Dumber for this gently idiotic comedy

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source:

It's absurd, it's mindless, it's infantine but it's also bizarrely charming.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: NECN

Resembles a scenario knocked up one afternoon for the Marx brothers and rejected the following day.

August 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The architects behind There's Something About Mary and Kingpin make merry with the poking and thumping, but are ultimately far too fond of their comic heroes to make them or us truly squirm.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

About as funny as a poke in the eye.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Slapstick, slapstick and even more slapstick. Think of it as a Junior Jackass.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

This could have been a truly awful summation of the work of such minor legends but it works surprisingly well.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

We need to be fixing global warming. And yet people who are probably pretty smart and consider themselves creative thinkers are spending their time on this.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Comments (7)
Flick Filosopher

For filmmakers who are good at finding pathos in the most unlikely places, this film is more like a return to the vacuous idiocy of Dumb and Dumber

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Comment (1)
Shadows on the Wall

They're just as hopelessly violent, bad-tempered and stupid at the end as they were at the beginning. These days, that's refreshingly anarchic.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

A film that is most definitely an acquired taste.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

It shows that what made the Stooges work all those years ago, though hardly in vogue, still works today.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

The quicker it's forgotten, the better.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Comment (1)
Little White Lies

Quaint but exuberantly crafted.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Chase scenes and physical comedy exchanges allow the action to romp along at a fair lick.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Better suited to a short-film than a feature length adventure (itself split into three separate episodes), the characters annoy far more than they ever manage to amuse.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys

Audience Reviews for The Three Stooges

Bobby and Peter Farrelly bring old style slapstick comedy to modern days with The Three Stooges.The story is simple and requires less than 90 minutes to tell. The story is also told in episodes, which is broken up quite nicely and laced with the original theme song. With that said, the story does take a back seat to the antics of the Stooges.The slapstick humor and sound effects stay true to how the Stooges should behave and it is all delivered at rapid fire pace for most of the film. The biggest challenge is finding a way to work this comedy into modern times. At times, this picture successfully does that, but at others it is awkward and out of place.Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes, and Will Sasso deliver good performances. Their facial expressions, movements, and line delivery successfully brings out the personalities of the Stooges.The Three Stooges will definitely divide the audience, but fans of the original series will get the most out of this.
April 25, 2013
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Hang on, this film was supposed to be awful! I like the original Three Stooges, maybe not as much as the Marx brothers but I truly believe they were artists and that slap-stick is a true art. Their timing was second to none. Ok, so I've given it 2 and a half stars, mainly because the story was a bit rubbish, a cross between Fletch and The Blues Brothers with a bit of Jersey Shore thrown in. It is as awful as that sounds but Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos played Larry, Curly and Moe perfectly. They are obviously all fans but still, this must have taken a lot of study and practice to get right and credit is due to them. I also quite liked the idea of a Jewish man playing a Nun, Larry David being the perfect choice. These are saving graces, enough to save it from being the failure we all thought it would be.
April 19, 2013

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"I have DVD collections of the great Three Stooges and I was looking forward to a film being made. However I was EXTREMELY disappointed with this film. If you can call it that. It's awful. So badly made. The directing, acting, the editing, I didn't like any of it. I wish they would have developed a better script. I didn't mind the three leads since they actually resembled the actual cast. But the rest is all a mess. I think with a better script and better directing it could have been much better."
November 4, 2012

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Not the travesty that it was advertised to be, this adaptation of the original material from the one and only Three Stooges takes a few steps in the right direction. Knowing they couldn't make an entirely new Stooges' film, the stars of the film are three very convincing impersonators; including MADtv's Will Sasso, Will and Grace's Sean Hayes, and unknown Chris Diamantopoulos. Fraught with cameos and some stellar comedic performances from people such as Jane Lynch, Larry David, and Sofia Vergara, the film has some silly and inspired moments. The film is set up as many of the Stooges' shorts, stringing them together to form a film The last twenty minutes or last short, drags to an uncomfortable point, but that's just from trying to tie up the haphazard plot. It doesn't exactly work, but it's obviously not meant to be a film that serious or comedic. It's goofy and fun, doesn't try too hard and doesn't cop out with the Jersey Shore crew. They're featured, but it's more abusive than anything. The Stooges are either doing their usual schtick or make the most hilarious puns and misunderstanding guffaws. There are actual laugh out loud moments, and though this isn't a game changer or a true classic, but it's something that is light, funny, and is a way to get away from the world. The Stooges were never given the same oppurtunities, or even an acclaimed feature length film such as The Marx Brothers, and clung to fame in their golden years. Giving them any type of tribute was long overdue, and I applaud all involved for giving them that love and honorary affection. The Farrelly brothers weren't the right people for that job, and certainly this isn't one of their better films, but at least some laughs came out of it. I think The Stooges would be proud.
September 8, 2012

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    1. J-Wowww: Hey that's assault!
    2. Moe Howard: Yeah well here's the pepper!
    – Submitted by Brandon S (17 months ago)
    1. Sister Mary-Mengele: Shut up! This isn't 'The Sound of Music'!
    – Submitted by Matthew R (20 months ago)
    1. Sister Mary-Mengele: I save 15% on my car insurance.
    – Submitted by Matthew R (20 months ago)
    1. Moe Howard: What is that gadget?
    2. Teddy: This is an iPhone.
    3. Curly Howard: An iPhone? [brings the iPhone to his eye] Hello? Hello? [gives it back] There's nobody there.
    4. Teddy: Works better on your ear.
    – Submitted by David R (23 months ago)
    1. Larry Fine: Hey, quiet down you two, you're disturing my coffee break!
    2. Curly Howard: Oh boy! Donuts! Where's mine?
    3. Moe Howard: They're small! Why don't you have two?
    4. Curly Howard: Oh, okay!
    5. Moe Howard: [sticks the donuts into Curly's ears]
    6. Curly Howard: AH! HATATATATATATATAT! Oh, now look what ya did, Moe! Ya got donuts stuck in my ears!
    – Submitted by Cameron D (2 years ago)
    1. Moe Howard: Curly, go get the chainsaw.
    2. Curly Howard: Why can't Larry do it?
    3. Moe Howard: 'Cause he's got a headache.
    4. Larry Fine: No I don't!
    5. Moe Howard: [hits Larry on the head with a hammer] How 'bout now?!
    6. Larry Fine: Yeah, it's comin' on.
    – Submitted by Cameron D (2 years ago)
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