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Drillbit Taylor Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
December 9, 2008
The action sags in the middle, but director Steven Brill gets mileage out of some funny cameos and good one-liners.
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Anna Smith
Time Out
March 27, 2008
'Drillbit Taylor' is a bit of a giggle, but it lacks bite and direction: even the old prom showdown routine would have enlivened this aimless comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 24, 2008
The constant fighting and punching gets nastier and less funny, the film drags on for far too long, and the ending is uninspired and predictable.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 21, 2008
Drillbit Taylor is as clunky and humorless as its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 21, 2008
Maybe I should have bought popcorn; this movie undoubtedly goes down better when it's partially drowned out by munching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 21, 2008
Despite sharing a producer in comedy-genius-of-the-moment Judd Apatow, a co-writer in Seth Rogen and somewhat similar territory, Drillbit Taylor doesn't measure up to the raunchy classic that gave the world McLovin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 21, 2008
Without focus, without apparent intention, the movie floats along, stringing various incidents together, and in the end seems much longer than it is. It feels like 2 1/2 hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 21, 2008
Wilson gets by on his delivery and his demeanor. It doesn't matter what he says; it's how he says it.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 21, 2008
Too much of Drillbit Taylor is the kind of formulaic free-for-all that does Wilson no good, nor anybody else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 21, 2008
Trying to mix farce with heart, Drillbit Taylor is instead as soulful as Kenny G and as wacky as public television.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Darel Jevens
Chicago Sun-Times
March 21, 2008
It's no wedgie, but after a while Drillbit Taylor feels like its own form of torment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 21, 2008
Movies such as this remind us that Owen Wilson is nothing less than a national treasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 21, 2008
Wilson needs to find a few other steady sources of scripts if he doesn't want to become the clown prince of B-movie land. And Apatow needs to slow down and try a little harder unless he wants to become its smirking figurehead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 21, 2008
This is Apatow Lite, a slapped-together series of sketches that are rarely funny and are often nastier than a movie aimed at pre-teens should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 21, 2008
Even if this movie doesn't quite hit the highs of its predecessor, it's nice to know that there are still filmmakers ready to respect the eternal struggles of freaks and geeks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
March 21, 2008
Some of the movie's problems stem from the fact that the filmmakers can't seem to decide whose story it is, with a constant narrative tug of war between Wade and Ryan's battle for survival and Drillbit's dreams of escaping to Canada.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 21, 2008
Watching kids being forced to pee on each other isn't actually funny. Neither is watching those same kids get chased down by a pair of thugs in a sports car.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
March 21, 2008
That so little of the movie bears the inventiveness, charm or rude energy of the team's last look at teen life suggests this particular well of inspiration has already run dry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 21, 2008
Overly familiar, underwhelmingly funny and thoroughly predictable, Taylor is a one-joke movie that doesn't even get that one joke right.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
March 21, 2008
The jokes are funny, the acting is good (especially the three freshmen) and the film has an underlying sweetness that harkens back to 2004's Without a Paddle, which was also directed by Mr. Brill.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 21, 2008
The sentimentality quotient for this film is set too high.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 21, 2008
The makers of Drillbit Taylor aren't so much interested in a movie about the tyranny of bullies as they are completely turned on by the violence they inflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
March 20, 2008
In Drillbit Taylor, produced by Judd Apatow, co-written by Seth Rogen and Kristofor Brown, and starring Owen Wilson, the career trajectories of three comic talents converge to dispiriting effect.
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New York Times
March 20, 2008
Drillbit Taylor is so ploddingly directed and lazily written that it adds up to little more than a diffuse collection of second-hand gags and jokes, few of them funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
March 20, 2008
The familiarity wouldn't matter if the gags weren't so belabored and, thanks to the PG-13 rating, neutered.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 20, 2008
If the film doesn't quite measure up to the Apatow gold standard, it's at least sterling silver.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
March 20, 2008
Given the uninventive, not to say downright repetitive nature of the narrative, about all Drillbit has going for it is Wilson's star presence. Or should we say his often agreeable lack of presence.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 20, 2008
Here, Apatow produces a script co-written by Seth Rogen that, although not particularly objectionable, seems a pale shadow of such hugely popular watersheds as The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Superbad.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 20, 2008
Drillbit Taylor makes last summer's very funny Superbad look even better in retrospect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 20, 2008
A flimsy, unconvincing teen comedy from Apatow and company.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 20, 2008
Setup promises a sort of modern Three Stooges takeoff that, unfortunately, is only haphazardly delivered.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
March 20, 2008
The Apatow vibe may still carry some righteous mojo. But Drillbit Taylor proves that even the smoothest-running hit machine can stand a tuneup every few miles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 19, 2008
Do you hear that? That shrill, shrieking sound coming from your local multiplex? That would be the Judd Apatow machine slowly, steadily winding down after humming along so brilliantly for so long.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 19, 2008
It's hardly worth going on at much length about the movie, a disordered, dispirited shuffling of flailing-to-be-funny and trying-to-be-empathetic scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: D