Mr. Woodcock Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
September 14, 2007
In the film's attempt to straddle feel-good and feel-bad, ultimately one feels nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 13, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Pete Hammond
Maxim
September 14, 2007
The film's poster showing Woodcock holding two strategically placed basketballs is funnier than anything in the actual movie!
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 13, 2007
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
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
September 16, 2007
[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 | Original Score: 1/4
Robert Newton
Christian Science Monitor
September 14, 2007
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 | Original Score: C
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical
September 15, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 14, 2007
Child abuse: har-dee-har-har.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 18, 2007
A dreary and depressing alleged comedy that takes a talented cast and a promising germ of an idea, and kills it dead.
Matt Stevens
E! Online
September 14, 2007
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 | Original Score: C-
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
September 14, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 13, 2007
Delivers only pitiful pratfalls and parents-having-sex jokes that are well past their sell-by date.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kam Williams
Sly Fox
January 10, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 3, 2008
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 | Original Score: 5/10
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
September 15, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com
September 13, 2007
Does anyone need further proof that perhaps Billy Bob Thornton is a comedy wet blanket?
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
September 20, 2007
...Scott's character may not be the only one who failed to get beyond eighth grade...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 22, 2007
One can't help but wonder what the Coens or Farrellys might have done with this cast and premise.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com
October 20, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 14, 2007
This may be the most laugh-free comedy of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Mark Bazer
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 15, 2007

Screen International
September 22, 2007

Sydney Morning Herald
March 21, 2008
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