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The Perfect Score Reviews

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 2, 2004
Presents itself as the first SAT protest film... but predictably becomes a toothless pep rally for business as usual...
| Original Score: 1.5/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
February 2, 2004
"The Perfect Score" flunks its way right off the screen and right into the juvenile halls of film gone bad.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
February 1, 2004
With a little more anti-authoritarian spirit, The Perfect Score might have been a rousing call to arms for a whole generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Tunison
Boxoffice Magazine
February 1, 2004
Marked by jarring jumps in tone from broad comedy to drama, action-suspense and, most ridiculously, earnest 'message' material about the unfairness of standardized testing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
February 1, 2004
Begins to feel like The Break and Enter Club.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
February 1, 2004
As standardized as the exam it seeks to debunk, and nearly as tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
January 31, 2004
The Perfect Score is not very academic...doesn't make the grade as convincingly as it should have in its showcase of mischievous adolescence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 31, 2004
Next time, director Robbins and his screenwriters should spend a few hours inside a real high school rather than re-hashing stock stereotypes from bad '80s movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 31, 2004
Lively and fun in places, but overall it has a listless, tepid feel.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
January 31, 2004
I'd say this film is moronic, but that would be an insult to morons.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
January 31, 2004
Rates an L for laziness, as none of the characters is developed beyond the broadest archetype, nor are their motives probed beyond the flimsiest of excuses -- nor is the heist itself more than a mountain of ridiculous improbabilities.
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
January 30, 2004
In the fleeting third act, The Perfect Score hints at what could have been. Unfortunately, its improvements arrive too little, too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 30, 2004
This is the gang that couldn't test straight... What's needed here is not a run-in with ETS, but with Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 30, 2004
Talks a pretty good game, but in the end the numbers just don't add up to much.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 30, 2004
A bizarre mismatch of The Breakfast Club and Mission: Impossible.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 30, 2004
Is there not something just plain wrong with a movie about cheating on exams that's less fun than taking one?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 30, 2004
Kids facing the SAT in real life may appreciate this movie, if only because it'll make them feel so much smarter than these characters. For the rest of us, it flunks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 30, 2004
A dull film with unsympathetic characters brought together by a gimmicky premise that's handled with no imagination and a pristine fraudulence of emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 30, 2004
Seems meant for people who never placed higher than 600 on their SATs. For whom, in fact, Einstein is a bagel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 30, 2004
It's smarter and more purposeful than most teen flicks.
| Original Score: 7/10
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