• R, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    James B. Rogers
    In Theaters:
    Mar 23, 2001 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 21, 2001
  • 20th Century Fox


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Say It Isn't So Reviews

Robert Koehler
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March 26, 2009
Reece Pendleton
Chicago Reader
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A cringe-inducing flop.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 26, 2007
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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Poor timing and muffed set pieces are compounded by implausibility and inconsequence.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006

AV Club
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September 26, 2005
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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This review is written in a state of posttraumatic shock.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 0/4

March 22, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Minus a shred of Farrelly wit.

| Original Score: 0.5/5

April 5, 2001

Ebert & Roeper
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March 29, 2001
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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The film elicits not the voluptuous discomfort stirred by the boys' best corporeal shenanigans but creeping embarrassment for everyone on screen.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 27, 2001
Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
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But it is so. In fact, it's so-so. As in mediocre.

Full Review Source: USA Today

March 23, 2001
Pam Sitt
Seattle Times
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It's gross, all right. It's just not very funny.

March 23, 2001
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Stroke jokes, prosthesis jokes, jokes about body hair and smells, and jokes involving the private parts of cows can't keep this one afloat.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

March 23, 2001
Stephanie Zacharek
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Not even the beaver jokes are funny in this rangy, uneven Farrelly brothers rip-off.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

March 23, 2001
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Say isn't nearly as funny as Mary. But when it is funny, it's funny in the same tasteless way.

March 23, 2001
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Even by the proudly vulgar, dumbed-down standards of the Farrelly Brothers' novelty products, Say It Isn't So is an uninspired dud.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

March 23, 2001
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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Lacks the inspiration, genuine wit and raunchy charm of 1998's outrageous There's Something About Mary.

March 23, 2001
James Berardinelli
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Say It Isn't So is the kind of movie that makes Dumb & Dumber and Kingpin, a couple of early Farrelly Brothers movies I was not fond of, seem like comedic triumphs.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1/4

March 23, 2001
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Boring, distasteful and predictable with brief flashes of wit that don't occur frequently enough to make the wait between chuckles worthwhile.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

March 23, 2001
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Say It Isn't So attempts a copycat offensive in distractingly hurky-jerky style; the script moves in fits and starts and the cutting doesn't smooth things out a bit.

March 23, 2001
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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A film that attempts to milk one gag for 93 long minutes.

March 23, 2001
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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A horrifyingly moronic comedy that is boring rather than outrageous.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

March 23, 2001

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These aren't really jokes in the sense that something funny is happening. You're mostly expected to laugh at the idea that there are people who aren't laughing, which is just shallow and incredibly easy.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

March 23, 2001
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie doesn't understand that embarrassment comes in a sudden painful flush of realization; drag it out, and it's not embarrassment anymore, but public humiliation, which is a different condition, and not funny.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

March 23, 2001
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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There's no getting around the fact that far from seeming a labor of love, Say It Isn't So seems merely labored.

March 23, 2001
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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The jokes about dead animals, gunk in the hair, incest and all other taboos are flatter than the road kill Gilly finds himself picking up for a living.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 0.5/5

March 22, 2001
David Edelstein
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More sweet than offensive.

Full Review Source: Slate

March 22, 2001
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's getting tiresome, this stuff.

March 22, 2001
Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
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Generically sloppy, half-conceived, and derivative.

March 22, 2001
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The last hour is pure torture -- because it forces a group of likable actors to mug their way through a procession of scattershot situations that lack any kind of comic pop or ingenuity.

March 22, 2001
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The movie keeps coming up with new ways to jolt, pelt, humiliate, and generally torture its characters, yet there's so little pace or invention to the way it's all staged that the synthetic mock cruelties barely register as jokes.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: F

March 22, 2001
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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A comedy that is downright tragic.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

March 22, 2001
Tom Keogh
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Rogers replicates the Farrellys' formula but can't lasso their dopey authenticity.

March 22, 2001
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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Say It Isn't So gives low humor a bad name.

March 22, 2001

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Please say it isn't showing.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: D-

March 22, 2001
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A one-joke short padded with lame misunderstandings, malevolent subterfuge and absurd coincidences that annoy rather than amuse.

March 20, 2001
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