‘Magic Mike’ Reviews Are In: What the Critics Are Saying

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Magic Mike finally hits theaters on June 29, but is Channing Tatum’s movie all about male stripping worth the price of admission?

Celebuzz compiled some reviews of the flick, which also stars True Blood’s Joe Manganiello and Matthew McConaughey, and believe it or not, critics seem to be loving this movie. However, it shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise, since it was directed by Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh, who picked up an Academy Award for his work on the 2000 film, Traffic.

Though there are definitely positive reviews out there, what else do the critics have to say?

The Hollywood Reporter listed their bottom line for the film as: “A beefcake bonanza with heart as well as muscle.” They also said that this is one of Tatum’s “better roles”  and added that Magic Mike is “arguably the raunchiest, funniest and most enjoyably nonjudgmental American movie about selling sex since Boogie Nights.”

In another big screen comparison, THR assumes that Soderbergh drew reference from his Ocean’s Eleven franchise, as they mentioned “the director has a terrific feel for depicting male camaraderie, and the buddy elements should give Magic Mike inclusive appeal.”

Though there are dramatic moments, there are definitely laughs, with THR adding, “The humor is refreshingly low-key and unforced, such as having True Blood hunk Manganiello, who’s built like Iron Man, be the delicate one of the troupe, fretting over herpes or throwing his back out while giving a zaftig customer an airborne thrill.”

The Huffington Post also reviewed the film, and echoed a number of THR’s sentiments, noting that Indiewire’s Katie Walsh stated:

“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.”

Variety also reviewed the film, saying, “Magic Mike contents itself as a relatively superficial different-classes love story, in which Mike must prove himself responsible enough in Brooke’s (Cody Horn) eyes to overcome the pimplike way he recruited her brother (Alex Pettyfer), ultimately giving Tatum a chance to bellow, ‘I’m not my lifestyle!'”

According to USA Today, Magic Mike hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but Tatum’s producing partner Reid Carolin — who also wrote Magic Mike’s screenplay — already has dreams of taking this to Broadway.

At the film’s premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Sunday evening, Carolin said:

“We are working on it as a Broadway show, which would be a different story. More of a romp, more of a fun night out at a club with a story. I’m almost more excited about that than the movie because I think it’s the perfect thing for women to go see on Broadway, to be participants in the show.”

Celebuzz also spoke with 35-year-old Manganiello, who stars as Big Dick Richie in the film, where he spilled some sexy stripping secrets. Watch below.

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