Beerfest Reviews

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David Jenkins
Time Out
September 23, 2006
Beerfest is a film that appears to have been conceived on the back of a beermat and its trashy direction, nonexistent plot and dismal comic mugging would seem to suggest that preparations progressed no further.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 28, 2006
Even in a wacky, stupid comedy like this you have to have some thread of a plot.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 26, 2006
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
August 25, 2006
I felt oddly respected: Neck-deep in barley and boobs, marinated in urine, Beerfest panders shamelessly to the 15-year-old in this 30-year-old... without assuming he is a 15-year-old.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
August 25, 2006
My best suggestion for people who insist on going to see this immense waste of time? Go drunk.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
August 25, 2006
Ok, so maybe you don't absolutely have to have a Y chromosome and be 14 years old (or have the mind of a 14-year-old) to appreciate the freshmanic humor that is Beerfest. But, oh, does it help.
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
August 25, 2006
Beerfest plays like a party that's gone on too long, when the buzz has worn off and the hangover starts to set in.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 25, 2006
A movie that feels as if it was conceived, executed, edited and ultimately released by people in an advanced state of gassy inebriation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 25, 2006
Beerfest is an excuse to get happily dumb and decadent, which would be great if the movie was actually funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 25, 2006
If you like to drink Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, you'll probably like this movie. If you're a cognac person, the scene where the great-grandmother performs a sex act on a sausage may not be refined enough for your tastes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 25, 2006
It's amusing on occasion, but also garbled, repetitious and potentially offensive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 25, 2006
This movie will be as essential to the DKE house as a Sharpie for writing jokes on a passed-out brother; it's pure guy humor.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 25, 2006
Among the cast, Chandrasekhar is easily the funniest of the Lizards, though in fairness, each has his moments. The movie does, too; just expect them to shrink exponentially depending on your level of sobriety.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
August 25, 2006
Beerfest features more beer consumed on screen than any movie since Strange Brew, while simultaneously offering less in the way of redeeming social value than Freddy Got Fingered.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
August 25, 2006
Watching endless scenes of sport drinking gets tiresome and by the time the film reaches the final competition, you might feel too bloated to laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 25, 2006
Scene by scene it's funny enough, but it goes exactly where you expect it to go, which makes the last third a lot less funny than the first two-thirds.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 25, 2006
The script, cowritten by all the members, is too sloshy and bleary-eyed to throw any darts that hit anything but the wall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 25, 2006
Beerfest won't kill you, but unless you're in a certain brew-guzzling youth demographic, you might find yourself wondering why you're not laughing at this helping of bad-news beers.
| Original Score: C-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 25, 2006
Making a comedy that celebrates binge drinking and cretinous behavior isn't a crime against nature. Making one that's as brutally unfunny as Beerfest is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 25, 2006
In telling the story of a secret Fight Club-style drinking competition that literally takes place beneath Munich's famous Oktoberfest, it hopes to become the ultimate frat-boy beer-drinking cult movie. I don't think it gets there.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 25, 2006
[Beerfest] gets off to a shaky start and sputters to a conclusion at least half an hour later than it should, but it's got a creamy middle.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 25, 2006
Best viewed while sloshed, Beerfest is idiotic, tasteless and irrepressibly good-natured in other words, a frat-house classic.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 25, 2006
Beerfest is tedious and, at 112 minutes, too long to sustain a sophomoric, one-joke comedy even for the presumed target audience of older male teens and the college-age crowd.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 24, 2006
Accept Beer Fest for the ludicrous frat-boy fantasyland it strives to portray and there's a chance you might laugh at most of it. There's a better chance that you'll hate yourself for it the next morning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Annemarie Moody
Arizona Republic
August 24, 2006
Beerfest serves up a keg's worth of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 24, 2006
Beerfest is one sloppy comedy, but the lads of the comedy troupe Broken Lizard don't know when to say when in their pursuit of the idiotic laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Brian Lowry
Variety
August 24, 2006
There's roughly a pint of quality comedy rattling around in this keg-sized movie.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 24, 2006
An hour and 50 minutes! Were they trying for the War and Peace of chugger flicks?
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 24, 2006
Beerfest might not be your cup of tea -- or mug of pilsener -- but fans of the group's earlier movies (Super Troopers and Club Dread) know what to expect: cleverly construed bad taste.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 24, 2006
At 111 minutes, the movie is too slackly paced to build up enough momentum; like the characters they play, these guys don't know when to call it a night.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 24, 2006
Like just about every other American screen comedy of the moment, it's far too long in the tooth, with a scattershot final half-hour that seems the work of an editor battling a bad hangover.
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David Germain
Associated Press
August 23, 2006
Beerfest unfolds like a decent college kegger, the best moments coming late in the carousal, as more suds are quaffed, inhibitions loosen up and everything starts seeming funnier.