Role Models Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
July 6, 2010
Rudd and Scott aren't stretching any new muscles, but Rudd's glum disaffection and Scott's bozo bonhomie do gel with a satisfying stickiness. They handle the gaping innuendo with such delicacy we know that they know they're better than this.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
July 6, 2010
Role Models could have been another formulaic comedy, fresh off the assembly line. Instead, the work of Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott here is worthy of praise and one of the funnier films this year.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
January 9, 2009
'Role Models' isn't trying to reinvent the wheel, just polish it up a little. What emerges is a memorable slice of modern slapstick, with charm to spare and just a touch of soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 21, 2008
Rudd, who co-wrote the script with director David Wain (among others), clearly learned a few things working on Judd Apatow comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 14, 2008
Role Models follows a well-worn path, but thanks to a sure-footed cast and crew, it doesn't just go through the motions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
I really had a lot of fun.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 10, 2008
Role Models wobbles like crazy en route to a surprisingly strong finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Neely Tucker
Washington Post
November 7, 2008
You can probably figure out how this is all going to end, but it still has more laughs than you might think.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 7, 2008
Something bizarre starts to happen around the halfway mark, perhaps because no one knew how to develop the original premise.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 7, 2008
It's pretty formulaic stuff, and earns its R rating with profanity and unapologetically gratuitous female nudity, but somehow has a winning knuckleheaded charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
November 7, 2008
There are three things that every modern screen comedy needs: references to old KISS songs, guys dressed as knights whacking each other with foam swords, and a potty-mouthed 10-year-old.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 7, 2008
Like any formula, it can work if done well, and Role Models is strewn with enough serendipities to make it a worthy variation on the dudes-grow-up genre.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 7, 2008
It's not the best comedy of the season, but it's far from the worst, and some days that's more than enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 7, 2008
The equivalent of trying to sneak an issue of Newsweek into the house, rolled up inside a copy of Mad magazine.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
November 7, 2008
It's hard to remember a recent comedy that piled one memorable moment after another near the ending as this one does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 7, 2008
Lynch's scenes as the chipper 12-stepping counselor -- who always seems a little too eager to talk about her days before sobriety -- are pretty hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 7, 2008
You stand a fair chance of emerging from the movie with your lack of faith in humanity unchallenged.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 7, 2008
Role Models proves that a drab and formulaic Hollywood studio comedy can still make you laugh hard enough to choke on your popcorn.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 7, 2008
Role Models crosses plenty of familiar territory, but Wain and his merry band of mischief-makers offer a likeable, laughable mix of testosterone and heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 7, 2008
At times, there's a sense the writers are trying to shoehorn sexual crudity into the plot to hit the young male market, but that feels uncomfortably out of place in a movie about helping children.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
November 7, 2008
A riotous comedy from director David Wain.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 7, 2008
Filth and sentimentality -- the yin- yang combo of current guy comedy -- entwine in Role Models with the naughty bits overpowering the funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 7, 2008
The general tone is one of crusty, unapologetic misanthropy, driven home by the formidable Rudd (who also kicked in on the script).
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 7, 2008
Role Models plays well within the Judd Apatow playpen, but its shaggy-dog dyspepsia renders it both less commercial and a little more dangerous, and Rudd is why. He's W.C. Fields trapped in the body of Cary Grant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 7, 2008
The script's rampant wrongness would have been amusing enough on the page, but the delivery from the cast makes the material consistently laugh-out-loud funny.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 7, 2008
Role Models pours sugar and cream on everything and turns it to mush.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
November 7, 2008
In Role Models, Wain buys into the sturdy commercial formulas he's spent his career mocking, but the results are so winning that they threaten to give selling out a good name.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Daniel Getahun
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2008
Although it delivers a consistent dose of chuckles, you can't help but wonder if Role Models falls short of its potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 6, 2008
Role Models is a rare mainstream buddy comedy that deftly blends the endearing and the vulgar and intersperses raucous humor with subtle wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 6, 2008
Like its main characters, the movie is simply stuck on stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 6, 2008
Sometimes a shamelessly stoopid, proudly profane R-rated comedy is all you want out of life. Role Models more than fills the bill.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 6, 2008
While Role Models can boast the occasionally funny joke, there's little else to recommend this derivative buddy film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 6, 2008
Role Models is the kind of movie you don't see every day, a comedy that is funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
November 6, 2008
Role Models deals in the kind of overgrown frat-boy humor that is sometimes funny, sometimes stupid. Here, it is pretty evenly split between the two camps, though stupid may have a slight edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 5, 2008
As funny as some bits are, the best you can say about Role Models is that it's imitation Apatow. It lacks the master's crude touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 5, 2008
The fun of Role Models is that it's a high-concept movie executed with speed and finesse and the kind of brusquely tossed-off obscene banter that can get you laughing before you know what hit you.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
November 5, 2008
Paul Rudd wears the constant look of glazed-eye amusement; everything seems to tickle him, even that which annoys or frustrates or disappoints him.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
October 20, 2008
A broad but satisfying multiplex comedy.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
October 20, 2008
If the material has a formulaic feel and the dialogue often skews more rude than clever, Role Models nonetheless amuses throughout. That's in large part due to the stars, whose roles very much play to their familiar comic strengths.