Accepted Reviews

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Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
August 20, 2006
...restores your faith in low budgets and dumb ideas. It reminds you both can be fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
August 20, 2006
Nothing happens in this film that you don't expect to happen, and it's that lack of originality that causes the film to drag in spots. But it's still a perfectly fine, little film whose earnestness and cast chemistry ultimately won me over.
| Original Score: C+
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
August 19, 2006
There's really no reason this film should have been made. None whatsoever. It's not original, nothing above and beyond anything else that's come out on the same subject over and over again at least three times a year for a generation. It's not better than
Full Review | Original Score: 2.12/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 19, 2006
Here's the final mystery about Accepted: Why title a movie that so readily invites the headline Rejected as a critical riposte?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
August 18, 2006
Think about it too much and the whole thing falls apart; sit back, relax, and don't analyze it and the movie is pretty darn entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 18, 2006
Amiably banal and instantly forgettable, it gets a barely passing grade largely for just showing up.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
August 18, 2006
Even though it outright plagiarizes many plot points and gags of that generational classic, Accepted can't make the leap from contrived to genuine comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 18, 2006
A shameless Animal House (1978) knockoff by way of Ferris Bueller's Day Off(1986), this college comedy aims low and misses often.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
August 18, 2006
Go right ahead and skip this one at the Cineplex. You've got my word: It won't be on the final.
Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media
August 18, 2006
Dumb comedy about college students partying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 18, 2006
If you can lighten up for an hour and a half, the film delivers one good laugh after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 18, 2006
The jokes are often sharp. Also, the scheme is appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
August 18, 2006
So, despite a few early chuckles and a few points for youthful enthusiasm, Accepted is ultimately rejected.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/10
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
August 18, 2006
Although it's more amusing than laugh-out-loud funny, Accepted has a good-natured irreverence and ragged charm, thanks to a spirited ensemble cast of newcomers led by Justin Long.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 18, 2006
Too bad what begins as a cheerfully irreverent comedy in the tradition of Animal House gets all pious when it slams fraternity culture at neighboring Harmon College.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 18, 2006
Half-witted it may be, but as back-to-school time-killers go, Accepted's right on the edge of acceptable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Russell
Oregonian
August 18, 2006
Accepted feels a little like a Montessori Real Genius. It's one of the few genuinely funny comedies in a dismal movie summer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 18, 2006
A 'teen' movie that operates at a higher level of wit and energy than most of the so-called adult comedies now onscreen...
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 18, 2006
A campus comedy that's as dull as bong water, Accepted is like the product of a community college filmmaking class, remedial division.
| Original Score: .5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 18, 2006
Like its underachieving protagonist, Steve Pink's teen comedy Accepted flashes just enough charm to get by but is too lazy to really make anything of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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