Prom Reviews

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Anna Smith
Time Out
June 1, 2011
Occasionally, it's mildly amusing but the conclusions are so soft it hurts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 29, 2011
Except for a couple of nice touches, "Prom" is a remedial class in cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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April 29, 2011
Prom is a good-hearted, perfectly watchable bonbon about adolescents with little on their minds besides who will ask or be asked to the graduation night shindig.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 29, 2011
They're a ridiculously cute pair and ridiculously at odds over this whole prom thingy, which is, by its very nature, ridiculous. So the ridiculous quotient is extremely high.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
April 29, 2011
Never have the stakes seemed so low for everyone involved. This is a sterile high school environment, lacking anything nearing controversy.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
April 29, 2011
Less engrossing than a Clearasil commercial and more synthetic than a Rebecca Black video.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 29, 2011
This is a Disney flick, complete with an ensemble of Mouseketeers doing their level best to be the Muzak of kids -- any resemblance to an actual teenager is purely accidental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sandie Angulo Chen
Washington Post
April 29, 2011
She's a conformist overachiever, he's a troubled soul; a third-grader could tell that the two will fall hard for each other by the movie's halfway point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 29, 2011
"Prom" is so strenuously inoffensive it makes Disney's "High School Musical" look almost racy by comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 29, 2011
A movie that's so anachronistically mushy and awkward, it earns extra credit simply for being so innocent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 28, 2011
Director Joe Nussbaum's movie comes from promising first-time screenwriter Katie Wech. Her work has a nice spirit; "Prom" may be the same old thing, and squeaky-clean to the point of mild-to-moderate aggravation, but it's not pushy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
April 28, 2011
There are new tweeners every year. To them, the characters and plot devices in this perfectly competent film might well seem fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 28, 2011
You certainly don't expect a Disney live-action movie to be ambitious or edgy, but you don't necessarily expect this degree of sloppiness either.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 28, 2011
Here's a by-the-playbook movie if ever there was one. The machinations leading up to the big night are hardly worth the fuss: Prom's entertainment quotient comes up deficient.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 28, 2011
For its intended audience, it hits just the right note of drama mixed with cuteness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 28, 2011
It's a sweet, generic safe harbor for young kids, parents, and those teenagers who want to hide from the world for a couple of hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 28, 2011
'Prom,' directed with too bland a TV hand by Joe Nussbaum, evaporates as you watch it, but it does go down easy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 28, 2011
"Prom" is pure bubble gum, from its shiny wrapping to its mushy insides to its fleeting aftertaste. And sometimes, there's nothing wrong with chewing bubble gum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 28, 2011
Even the young and gullible will see every plot development coming long before Prom's characters do.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
April 28, 2011
The pace is brisk, the soundtrack's bouncy, it really is more like a ride than a movie, and as lies about high school go... it goes down quite easily.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 28, 2011
Nussbaum's crew works hard to maintain a fresh-scrubbed look to the school, its students and the small community that contains it. They succeed all too well. Couldn't there have been at least one wall with graffiti?
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
April 28, 2011
The cast is likeable enough, although nobody is called upon to do much more than look elated or crushed, depending on the circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 27, 2011
At first, Prom seems a little innocuous, but this winning after-school trifle has a savvy heart that grows on you.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 27, 2011
By and large "Prom" is exactly what the prom-haters in the cast say it is, a lot of build-up for something that isn't remotely as "special" as those obsessed with it wish it to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 27, 2011
Prom means well -- and it grows on you. And it's much less of a hassle than schlepping to the real thing.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
April 27, 2011
For the target audience, Prom musters a few nice moments, perhaps, but nothing remotely approaching perfection -- and hardly any memorable ones.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 27, 2011
Fortunately, Teegarden and McDonell make up for the hand-me-down plotting with a sweet, unaffected chemistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 26, 2011
More material divorced from any recognizable social reality piles into Prom, as into an overloaded rental limo.