Mallrats Reviews

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Leonard Klady
Variety
March 26, 2009
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mallrats mixes clever bits and an appealing quirkiness (which goes a long way) with gross-out practical jokes, needless repetition and obvious padding, since it has no real plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
The movie has a few amusing '70s references and there's a wonderfully weird sequence featuring a topless fortune-teller. Overall, though, moviegoers can find much better deals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
If the Sundance Institute or the AFI ever offers a course advising directors of successful first films what to avoid the second time around, Mallrats could be at the heart of the curriculum.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The fatal flaw in plotting the material is that we don't care.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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USA Today
January 1, 2000
Smith has slicked up his follow-up vision of Slackerville USA, but the outcome is nowhere near as brash and original.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Between the routines and retorts, there's a lot of narrative dead air -- and far too many new guests.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Despite a broad range of effective comedy and a decent laugh-per-minute ratio, Mallrats is likely to be a moderate disappointment for anyone who guffawed their way through the previous film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A disjointed but infectious series of comic vignettes, toilet humor, practical jokes, sight gags, even a sort of grunge variation on Keystone Kops slapstick.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Entertainment Weekly
October 20, 1995
Full Review | Original Score: B