• PG-13, 1 hr. 25 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Tom Morris
    In Theaters:
    Aug 24, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Oct 2, 2012
  • Well Go USA


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General Education Reviews

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

What have I learned? High school movies can be duller—and more sour—than previously thought possible...The least generic element of General Education is its openly hostile attitude toward gay people. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 0/4

October 2, 2012
Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

If given the choice between going to class and seeing the high-school comedy General Education, go with school.

Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com | Original Score: 1/5

September 10, 2012
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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Defiantly humorless, the comedy is little more than a grab-bag of familiar high school-film cliches populated with bland characters played by barely-there actors. It was clearly a labor of love for no one.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 1.5/5

August 30, 2012
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

A technically impressive tapioca of a movie, this bland indie seriocomedy may serve as an early springboard for a couple of talented young actors, but little else.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 30, 2012
Todd Jorgenson

The film feels like a strained collection of outtakes from other comedies about teenage nerds and dysfunctional families.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

August 29, 2012
Marsha McCreadie
Village Voice
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The film is like a new colt tripping over itself, going off every which way ...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 28, 2012
Witney Seibold

Plays out in a bland sitcom way, but is mercifully peppered with a few bizarre moments of surreal slapstick that keep it afloat.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 5.5/10

August 24, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Wavers between extreme silliness and unbearable earnestness.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

August 24, 2012
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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The lead character's sister is more interesting than he is, and she spends much of her screen time as a mute mime.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 0/5

August 23, 2012
Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine

Unfortunately, in General Education, even tried-and-true formulas fall flat thanks to the lack of several key elements-good dialogue, fully developed characters and a satisfying story.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

August 23, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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As generic and forgettable as its title, this half-hearted attempt at a teen comedy feels like a term paper you might buy online: poorly written and cribbed from a million other sources.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

August 23, 2012
Alison Willmore
AV Club
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When the biggest name in the movie is Janeane Garofalo, why waste her in an extraneous, laugh-free side role as the protagonist's neglected housewife mother?

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D+

August 23, 2012
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Too derivative to be amusing and too earnest to be parodic, it assumes the form of countless other teen comedies minus any wit or drama.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: .5/4

August 19, 2012
Brandon Judell

With its hackneyed outlook and lack of a moral core or a purpose, 'General Education' is little more than a defective episode of 'Saved by the Bell.'

Full Review Source: CultureCatch

August 18, 2012
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