So sayeth The New York Times:

And this is, come to think of it, something of an achievement. What is the opposite of a belly laugh? An interesting question, in a way, and to hear lines like “I think I just made a happy wee-wee” or “I’m making diarrhea noises in my cup” or to watch apprentice gurus attack one another with urine-soaked mops is to grasp the answer. Please don’t misunderstand: I’m not opposed to infantile, regressive, scatological humor. Indeed, I consider myself something of a connoisseur. Or maybe a glutton. So it’s not that I object to the idea of, say, witnessing elephants copulate on the ice in the middle of a Stanley Cup hockey match, or seeing a dwarf sent flying over the same ice by the shock of defibrillator paddles. But it will never be enough simply to do such things. They must be done well.

The AV Club:

In spite of their surface differences, the Austin Powers sequels and Guru share a common comic approach. Pop-culture riffing, winking double entendres, scatological humor, and silly names aren’t just the foremost weapons in Myers’ comic arsenal, they’re all he’s got.

Slate:

However puerile the Austin Powers movies became, the character himself remained an inspired creation built from the ground up out of an internally consistent set of traits (lechery, dandyism, and a firm belief in his own fabulousness). But Guru Pitka makes no sense—one minute he’s a cretinous dolt who’s never seen a corn dog before, the next he’s delivering double entendres with a clever wink. He swings between vainglory and ravenous insecurity in a way that seems uncomfortably autobiographical.

Even The Toronto Star:

Check out the acronyms of these pithy Pitkaisms: Basic Information Before Leaving Earth and Be Loving & Open With My Emotions.

Oy.

Call this “Tough Love.” Mike Meyers is a very talented and funny man, but he can’t keep doing the same tired schtick and expect us to pay for it! What was once funny is now tired.

C’mon Mike, not every new turn is going to be 54.

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