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School for Scoundrels Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 30, 2011
School for Scoundrels has some solid opportunities for real dark comedy, but blows most of them for maudlin romantic-comedy tripe, and the ones it does go for it never takes far enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Dismal comedy about nerds trying to be cool.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
September 21, 2007
School for Losers would have made a lot more sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 11, 2007
...the film remains consistently watchable thanks to Todd Phillips and Scot Armstrong's surprisingly clever screenplay and the uniformly effective performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 24, 2007
You might want to sign up for study hall instead.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 26, 2007
The only link to the original books is the name Dr P given to the foulmouthed teacher of a New York class offering assertiveness training to pathetic nerds. He's played by Billy Bob Thornton, which is rather like casting Burt Reynolds as Bertrand Russell.
Nicholas Barber
Independent on Sunday
February 26, 2007
It's funny at first, but then loses its way so badly that it somehow winds up as a high-tech espionage thriller.
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)
February 26, 2007
Only toward the end of the film do the hostilities reach a level of recklessness with any potential to be funny. If things had started at that pitch and been ramped up from there, Phillips might have had a movie worth making.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
February 23, 2007
The comic sallies and set-pieces are very much at the wrong end of the bang-whimper spectrum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Johnny Vaughan
Sun Online
February 23, 2007
Billy Bob phones in a below-par performance but still blows his young rival off the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
February 23, 2007
Unlike the original, this version is never sure whether it wants to go to the dark side or not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
February 23, 2007
Wearily spins straw out of its none-too-original premise.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 23, 2007
Charmless, uncomprehending US remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
February 23, 2007
A choice cast fails to turn this woeful slapstick into the scathing attack on weak minds the film half promises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Richard Luck
Film4
February 23, 2007
Crass, obvious and largely unfunny - in fact just about everything the original film isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
February 22, 2007
The characters are one-dimensional, the plot makeshift, and the jokes unrelentingly cruel.
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror (UK)
February 22, 2007
As a comedy it can never sustain itself, and while there are moments to enjoy, it is all pretty forgettable, which is a shame because the concept remains an amusing one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
February 22, 2007
The performances ensure that this is never less than watchable but it's not as clever or as funny as it should have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
February 22, 2007
Ben Stiller cameo apart, something's wrong when a proven comedic property and two well-matched stars can scarcely raise a titter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Anna Smith
Time Out
February 22, 2007
It's the stuff of simple comedy, but as frat-flicks go it's a return to form for director Todd Phillips.
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