• R, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:    John Stalberg
  • In Theaters:    Jun 1, 2012 Limited
  • On DVD:    Sep 4, 2012
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment

High School Reviews

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Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix
June 8, 2012

A pot comedy that won't reward even the most easily satisfied stoner.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
June 1, 2012

W're left with poorly reasoned scenes and storylines that dangle like a pothead's unfinished sentences.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.7/10
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
May 31, 2012

There's no heartfelt bond between the generic main characters, no emotional drive or urgency or pithy observations about life and high school. "High School" only emphasizes the "high."

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
May 31, 2012

"High School" is a pun. Get it? This is one of those stoner comedies that may be funny if you're high - but if not, not.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
Top Critic
May 29, 2012

There's a certain relentlessness to the film's stoned vibe that gets under your skin, but it's far from enough to make up for the project's dreary mirthlessness.

Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
May 31, 2012

Surely this could be a fine premise for an entertaining stoner flick. It isn't.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Robert Levin
amNewYork
June 1, 2012

It's about a 'high' school, and once you've gotten that you've pretty much figured out this stoner comedy.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Alison Willmore
Movieline
May 31, 2012

High School has such a winning premise that you want to send everyone involved in making it back to the drawing board for a do-over - just take it from the top, folks, and this time everyone actually have a good time.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 27, 2012

John Stalberg's film proves incapable of striking even a faint comedic spark.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
June 8, 2012

Starts with a viable premise, then veers off into something more mundane.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
June 13, 2012

After an amusing start, this film seems to forget it's a pot comedy.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 13, 2012

While the movie is insistently unfunny, it's almost tragic how badly director John Stalberg Jr. fumbles the potential for a wacked-out farce, refusing to let loose with the boys as they scramble to maintain order.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Sara Stewart
New York Post
Top Critic
June 1, 2012

I'm betting director John Stalberg Jr. also debated calling it "Bake Sale," revolving as it does around the mass-dosing of the student body with pot brownies.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
Top Critic
June 7, 2012

High School sucks harder than it blows.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
May 31, 2012

Not only is this drug-related film not as funny as the likes of "Pineapple Express," it isn't even as funny as "Midnight Express"

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matt Pais
RedEye
May 31, 2012

When all else fails, make a joke about balls.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
July 6, 2012

A hot mess whose sub-par direction mostly neutralizes its fantastic comedic premise. High School is a willfully 'stupid' stoner comedy, yes, but it also illustrates the gap between stupid done right and merely indulged too far.

Full Review | Original Score: D+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 31, 2012

...so bad it almost gives me fond memories of "Detention."

Full Review | Original Score: D-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 31, 2012

I watched this seemingly endless flick with hardly a smile, never mind a laugh.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 1, 2012

A stoner comedy that runs out of gas.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Gabe Toro
The Playlist
June 2, 2012

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