The Perfect Score Reviews

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Brian Lowry
Variety
January 2, 2009
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Christy Lemire
San Francisco Examiner
February 3, 2004
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 31, 2004
Lively and fun in places, but overall it has a listless, tepid feel.
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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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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 31, 2004
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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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 30, 2004
Surprisingly smart, surprisingly wise, predictably funny and yet unpredictable in general, it punctures stereotypes and taps into 17-year-old angst.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
January 30, 2004
It's not funny, though it tries to be, and it has nothing serious to say about the politics of the SATs, though it purports to.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 30, 2004
When the most entertaining thing about a film is the printed press material that mimics the look of the test, you know you're in trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
January 30, 2004
Simply uses the test as a reason to assemble six teen stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 30, 2004
Fails to gain admission into the elite group of inspired teen comedies.
| Original Score: D+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 30, 2004
Scribes Marc Hyman, Mark Schwahn and Jon Zack have crafted a snappy romp about right, wrong, and the teasing in-between.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 30, 2004
It's too palatable. It maintains a tone of light seriousness, and it depends on the caper for too much of its entertainment value.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 30, 2004
Its rebel yell takes a back seat to the inevitabilities of the squeaky plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 30, 2004
Even among the ranks of the diminutive, this one's got nothing to boast about.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
January 29, 2004
Strains to be a hip splice of Ocean's Eleven and The Breakfast Club, but plays more like a never-ending civics lecture, trying to mask its pervasive lameness in visual zip and savvy reference points.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 29, 2004
This is the sort of movie that panders to teens ... while it ineffectually lectures them about the need to bear down on the books.
| Original Score: 1/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 29, 2004
Six New Jersey teenagers conspire to steal the answers to the SAT in this thin, pleasant teenage heist comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 29, 2004
Almost nothing about this MTV production, a heist movie about standardized testing, works.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Luke Sader
Hollywood Reporter
January 29, 2004
The story is flimsy, and when the dialogue touches on controversial issues regarding the SAT and its fairness, the slacker tone turns abruptly melodramatic.
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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
January 29, 2004
The acting isn't that great, despite good performances from Ms. Johansson and Mr. Nam.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
January 29, 2004
Just rent the darned Breakfast Club instead of slogging through this sludge.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 29, 2004
Johansson's nearly deadpan deliveries are looking adaptable to a variety of roles, and the Nam character's stoned demeanor gets laughs in a variety of situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 29, 2004
A generic teen comedy brimming with patronizing stereotypes and lame in-jokes.
| Original Score: 1/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 29, 2004
Obvious, broad and burdened by leaden lines of dialogue that are dropped here and there like demented coconuts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 29, 2004
Grading on the admittedly weak January curve, it squeaks by with a pass.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 29, 2004
Like The Breakfast Club recast as a videogame for simpletons.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
January 29, 2004
Succeeds because at its core it is about the very different pressures very different young adults face, and the test that insists on judging them as one and the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Melinda Ennis
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 29, 2004
Despite the serious subject matter, director Brian Robbins can't decide whether this is a drama, a satire or an American Pie-style teen spoof, and the film dissolves into a shapeless, weightless mass.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
January 28, 2004
This undercooked high school heist movie is disfigured by flabby dialogue ... unfunny pratfalls and criminally slack pacing.
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Ed Park
Village Voice
January 27, 2004
Christensen and most of the young men are barely there.