• PG-13, 1 hr. 27 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Craig Gillespie
    In Theaters:
    Sep 14, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 15, 2008
  • New Line Cinema

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Mr. Woodcock Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

In the film's attempt to straddle feel-good and feel-bad, ultimately one feels nothing.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

September 14, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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For Woodcock to deliver, the leads needed to amp things up, to bring their A-game, or at least match the effort they've thrown at previous versions of these characters.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

September 13, 2007
Pete Hammond
Maxim

The film's poster showing Woodcock holding two strategically placed basketballs is funnier than anything in the actual movie!

| Original Score: 2.5/5

September 14, 2007
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Instead of ending, it all just gives up with a sort of "never mind" ending that even Mr. Woodcock would have to call a foul on. Indeed, that is the best possible assessment of the movie as a whole.

| Original Score: D

September 13, 2007
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine

[Sarandon is] somehow the only star who doesn't end up looking like an overpaid idiot working miles beneath her abilities. And that's a pretty cutting thing to say when you figure in Scott's standard fratboy follies.

Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

September 16, 2007
Robert Newton
Christian Science Monitor

Maybe the writers dwelled on some trite self-help mantra to delude themselves into thinking that the giggles that the title inspires would carry for 90 minutes.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C

September 14, 2007
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical

Even the lamest comedies out there manage to wring one or two chuckles from yours truly, but this ugly, obnoxious flick couldn't even manage half a smirk.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 1/5

September 15, 2007
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Child abuse: har-dee-har-har.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

September 14, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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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
Matt Stevens
E! Online

Though Mr. Woodcock (tee-hee!) starts with that strong enough premise, it never bulks up the plot with comedic muscle and weighs in as a 98-pound weakling.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C-

September 14, 2007
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

It's as if the (supposedly) innate hilariousness of the title justified pretty much any and all "creative" decisions, and once the actors were cast everyone hoped that the film would figure itself out. They were wrong.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 1/5

September 14, 2007
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Delivers only pitiful pratfalls and parents-having-sex jokes that are well past their sell-by date.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

September 13, 2007
Kam Williams
Sly Fox

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?

Full Review Source: Sly Fox | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 10, 2008
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

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.

Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 5/10

March 3, 2008
Bill Gibron
PopMatters

Mr. Woodcock is not really a crowd pleaser or some kind of 'dumb as dirt' delight. Instead, it's an apparent attempt to reset the demarcation when determining the lowest common denominator.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 1/5

September 15, 2007
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com

Does anyone need further proof that perhaps Billy Bob Thornton is a comedy wet blanket?

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: D

September 13, 2007
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

...Scott's character may not be the only one who failed to get beyond eighth grade...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

September 20, 2007
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: C

October 22, 2007
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 20, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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This may be the most laugh-free comedy of the year.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1/4

September 14, 2007
Mark Bazer
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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September 15, 2007

Screen International
September 22, 2007

Sydney Morning Herald
March 21, 2008
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