Box art for Magic Mike

Magic Mike

comedy, drama


The hot headliner at an all-male revue, Mike (Channing Tatum) takes a protégé to teach him the fine arts of dancing and picking up women.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    80%
  • Audience Score
    61%

common sense

NOT FOR KIDS 0
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

Cheerful stripper comedy is too sexy, mature for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Magic Mike is an ensemble drama about a group of male strippers (played by Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey, among others), so there's a great deal of nudity. Although there's no complete "full monty," every dance sequence includes the guys stripping down to tiny thongs that show their butts and highlight their genitals. In one scene, a penis is briefly pumped before a man goes on stage, and several sex scenes feature topless women. Language is also quite strong, with "f--k" used in almost every scene. There's also lots of drinking and some drug use; an underage character nearly dies from an overdose. And two henchmen rough up someone they're trying to intimidate. Bottom line? The amount of nudity, language, and substance use make this drama too mature for anyone under 17.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Magic Mike depicts the male strippers. Is their lifestyle glamorized? What are consequences of being a stripper for Mike?
  • Is the nudity in the movie gratuitous or is part of the plot development? Is there a different standard for nudity/sexuality in movies versus violence? Should there be?
  • Does knowing that Tatum started off his career in entertainment as a stripper in real life change how you think of him?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    80%
    reviews counted: 20
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  • Audience

    61%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Riddled with show-biz clichs, stick-figure studs and re-heated ideas, Magic Mike thrusts its junk in your face despite having a very empty G-string.

- Alonso Duralde, The Wrap, Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fresh: It's a nicely balanced blend of comedy, drama and athletic dancing that plies its trade with winking, unforced self-assurance.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, June 29, 2012

Fresh: The dance numbers, choreographed by Allison Faulk, are inventive and athletic, but not really erotic; Soderbergh never lets you forget that, for these men, dancing is above all a job.

- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Friday, June 29, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I like Steven Soderbergh's deconstructed style of film making but I don't think it'll ever lead to anything greater than mediocre/good. Magic Mike is a good drama, not the good comedy it was advertised as but I still enjoyed it, it was just nothing special. It's a shame really as it was a unique un-Hollywood story that could and should of had more impact.

- SirPant, Thursday, November 29, 2012

3 stars

I like Steven Soderbergh's deconstructed style of film making but I don't think it'll ever lead to anything greater than mediocre/good. Magic Mike is a good drama, not the good comedy it was advertised as but I still enjoyed it, it was just nothing special. It's a shame really as it was a unique un-Hollywood story that could and should of had more impact.

- SirPant, Thursday, November 29, 2012

2 stars

Work all day. Work it all night. Good movie! First let's get the nude issue out of the way. There is only one full frontal in the movie it's off to the side, is partially blocked and is probably faked. It's also very funny. There's mostly butt shots only but all are from Tatum, Pettyfer and Adam Rodriguez. This movie is not about the nudity. The movie moves slow (although I was never bored) and main events happen off screen or are never explained! Still the movie works. For one thing all the acting is good. I was surprised at how good Tatum was. I never thought he could act till this. He captures his character perfectly. Pettyfer was equally good as Adam. Even Matthew McConaughey was good as the group's owner named Dallas. The strip acts themselves are incredible. All the guys are in good shape and Tatum shows some moves that are jaw-dropping! However they're not shot in an exploited fashion. They're done in a matter of fact way that actually makes them seem quite funny. This movie shows us nothing new but it was well-made and entertaining. This is not just for women and gay men, I think everyone would enjoy it. Mike, an experienced stripper, takes a younger performer called The Kid under his wing and schools him in the arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.

- MANUGINO, Thursday, November 8, 2012