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Mr. Woodcock (2007)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 110
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 96

Underutilizing a talented cast, Mr. Woodcock lacks the comic energy and timing to make the most of its intriguing premise.


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 23

Underutilizing a talented cast, Mr. Woodcock lacks the comic energy and timing to make the most of its intriguing premise.



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Every junior-high geek's worst nightmare becomes a reality in this comedy. John Farley (Seann William Scott) grew up as a chubby kid with no athletic skills and poor self-esteem, and during his early teenage years his nemesis was Mr. Woodcock (Billy Bob Thornton), his junior-high gym teacher, who took a sadistic glee in tormenting John and others like them. Years later, John has slimmed down, come to terms with his self-image, and become a best-selling author, publishing a self-help book on



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Jan 15, 2008


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The amusingly deadpan Thornton cock-slaps the wishy-washy Scott through a medley of visual gags and dick jokes.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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A dreary and depressing alleged comedy that takes a talented cast and a promising germ of an idea, and kills it dead.

September 18, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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This may be the most laugh-free comedy of the year.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Between Mr. Thornton's wry performance and Tami Reiker's nuanced wide-screen photography, you half-expect Woodcock to deliver more than formulaic laughs.

September 14, 2007
New York Times
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This movie makes a much better case study for aspiring entertainment executives than it does a cinematic experience. What it most emphatically is not is a date movie.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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While two novice screenwriters are officially credited with the script, the movie lurches around like something assembled by committee.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Mr Woodcock is ok as far as predictable, low-brow Hollywood comedies are concerned, and it's considerably elevated by its above average cast.

July 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

O longa não apenas acaba se revelando terrivelmente sem graça como também assusta por sua moral torta, condizente com a do personagem-título.

March 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

we're stuck with Amy Poehler telling us she's an alcoholic and an unaware Susan Sarandon watching two men act like idiots, which unfortunately isn't funny at all.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

...a tedious and hackneyed effort that surely (and hopefully) marks Billy Bob Thornton's final appearance as a comedically misanthropic curmudgeon...

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The whole film is like a depressing nightmare.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Apparently, Billy Bob Thornton has embraced the idea of appealing to the lowest possible common denominator. How else can you explain his presence in another bad taste bottom-feeder which might have been better titled Bad Gym Teacher, ala Bad Santa?

January 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Sly Fox
Sly Fox

Has the mark of something dashed off after reading what dozens of screenwriting manuals had to say about the marketplace and the three-act paradigm, but not one word about characterization or dramatic unity.

November 1, 2007 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

A close reading of Mr. Woodcock reveals a dark, depressing film about small town decline. I think.

October 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Flak Magazine
Flak Magazine

One can't help but wonder what the Coens or Farrellys might have done with this cast and premise.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

A terrible, sophomoric joke of a title, which is sadly reflective of the rest of the equally unfunny proceedings.

October 14, 2007 Full Review Source:

It's not the worst film you'll see all year, but it's not going to wind up on anyone's honour roll, either.

October 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Just another lamebrain, offensive and unappealing mainstream sitcom family comedy that recklessly makes light of child abuse.

October 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

As usual, Billy Bob is very watchable in the lead. But the rest of the film is only so-so.

September 29, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Mr Woodcock is never less than watchable, thanks to strong performances and some amusing dialogue, but it's badly let down by a disappointingly weak plot.

September 29, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Laughs aplenty in this daft comedy about "letting go" .

September 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent

Thornton does his best with a crass script and a cop-out finale.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
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September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

Thornton is magnificent as the unrepentant monster.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Mr Woodcock offers one or two glorious moments of slapstick comedy, separated by a tumbleweed-strewn tundra of tedium.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Mr. Woodcock

If you're looking for Billy Bob Thornton's worst film, Mr. Woodcock is probably the one. I felt that Mr. Woodcock lacked anything funny or interesting that would make it a memorable comedy. The acting here sucks, and both Sean William Scott and Billy Bob Thornton give lazy performances and are actually quite boring to watch. The laughs are minimal. The film fails on being anything effective in its humor. The jokes feel forced, uninspired and they get old very quick. The acting suffers as well, and Thornton basically plays the same character he's played in previous films. With the exception with a rewrite, Thornton's character in this film is no different than previous characters that he's played. I felt that Mr. Woodcock was a missed opportunity to create a good comedy, and it might have worked if the story didn't really rely on Billy Bob's usual asshole image. Unfortunately the film relies only on that, instead of focusing on other elements which could have improved the film significantly. The film could have been a memorable comedy, and Billy Bob is a funny guy, but the script is too sloppy and unimpressive to really be entertaining. This is one of the weakest comedies starring Billy Bob Thornton, he's the right guy for this type of role, but the film relies too much on his asshole persona and doesn't do anything to really make the film interesting by exploring other ideas with plot.
October 11, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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An average comedy with a strong cast line up. Pretty much run of the mill jokes about the son who disapproves of his Mum's new man. It turns out to be the gym instructor who made his life hell at school. Has a few funny moments but not nearly enough of them, especially for the talented line up!
October 9, 2011

Super Reviewer

Mr. Woodcock just doesn't cut it for me.
February 4, 2011

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    1. Mr. Woodcock: I don't do sorry.
    2. John Farley: What?
    3. Mr. Woodcock: Sorry is for criminals and screw-ups and I'm neither one.
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