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High School Reviews

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 8, 2012
A stoner comedy with a slightly musty vintage aroma.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 7, 2012
High School sucks harder than it blows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 1, 2012
If it ever opens at a theater near you, remember: Just say no.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
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
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 1, 2012
The only good news for everyone involved: The worst moment in your career is surely behind you.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 1, 2012
It's a bit crude, a lot illogical and you might have to be in a certain state of mind to enjoy a film this silly.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
May 31, 2012
Surely this could be a fine premise for an entertaining stoner flick. It isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 31, 2012
Once the plot has sprung into action, "High School" is a bumpy ride that takes a few amusing dives but never coheres into anything special.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
May 31, 2012
Somehow, High, directed by newcomer John Stalberg, lured serious talent, including Adrien Brody, Colin Hanks and Michael Chiklis. Even odder: They're the worst actors of the bunch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
May 31, 2012
Lacking real kick, "High School" winds up as irksome as a bag of ditch weed and as lame as the pun of the film's title.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 31, 2012
Brody's performance won't earn him a Oscar to place next to the one he earned for The Pianist nine years ago, but it's the only thing that makes High School marginally worth catching.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 31, 2012
A silly stoner comedy boosted by a few unexpected tweaks, John Stalberg's debut is more notable for its enthusiasm than its originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
May 31, 2012
It's exactly what it appears to be: a funny-enough stoner comedy with a likable cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
May 31, 2012
Can audiences who've seen the Harold & Kumar films and watched Method Man and Redman smoke John Quincy Adams' bones in How High settle for so little?
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
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.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 29, 2012
Spurts of loony inspiration aside -- Chiklis rivals Animal House's Dean Wormer for pure hissable self-righteousness -- this is mostly all reefer, no madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2010
A sophomoric comedy with honor-roll style and smarts.