Can't Hardly Wait Reviews

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
March 19, 2014
Kaplan and Elfont provide a real public service by showing how underage binge drinking can boost bookish students' social lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 19, 2014
Fortunately, some of the appealing young performers -- who include Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose and, especially, Seth Green -- manage to emerge from the film's generic suburban-teen backdrop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
March 19, 2014
There are signs that Can't Hardly Wait once had more serious aspirations... But in the final edit, at least, it's the dumb, broad slapstick that prevails, short-circuiting identification with the characters before it can begin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times
March 19, 2014
The majority of the film is mired in magazine cliches and tired gags. Oh, look, the foreign exchange student only knows how to say he's a sex machine, haw! And the nerd's getting drunk! Hoo!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor
March 19, 2014
This formula teen flick has engaging performances and a few laughs.
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
March 19, 2014
What's best about Wait are the bright turns by its young cast.
Top Critic
March 19, 2014
The film deserves credit, both for its breezy pacing and its uncommon tendency to make its characters smarter and geekier than they might have been.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
March 19, 2014
Flat characters are stuck in underdeveloped situations in this attempt by first-time directors Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont to recapture the mood of a John Hughes 1980s teen comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Film4
March 19, 2014
This charmless and predictable teen comedy is packed with tired, second-hand ideas that render it wholly uninspiring.
Enrique Fernandez
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 19, 2014
It's mostly broad comedy. Not that there's anything wrong with that, just that it's all been done before.
Ann Hornaday
Baltimore Sun
March 19, 2014
Youth may be wasted on the young, but it's a drop in the bucket compared to the time wasted pandering to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jon Popick
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 7, 2009
Can't Hardly Wait offers nothing that its predecessors hasn't, but has possibly broken new ground in terms of underage drinking and teen sex.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 6, 2007
It's all cutely derivative, occasionally charming and very occasionally clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 6, 2007
A high-spirited, synthetically raucous house-party comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
August 6, 2007
It's not supposed to be a revelation--just a pleasant rendition of a teen-comedy trope.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 6, 2007
John Hughes must be spinning in his grave.
David Noh
Film Journal International
January 5, 2007
A decidedly healthy antidote to the hate-driven, ghoulishly cynical bloodlettings of Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer and the rest of that sick ilk.
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
May 30, 2006
A failed attempt to recapture the exuberant magic of such highschool movie classics as American Graffiti, this is a loud and boisterous comedy, in which the entire action is set during an interminably long graduation night.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
There just isn't any sparkle in any of the lead perfs.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
October 12, 2004
Less of a movie and more a collection of 1980s teen movie cliches.
| Original Score: 3/10
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