• PG-13, 1 hr. 41 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Todd Phillips
    In Theaters:
    Sep 23, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 13, 2007
  • MGM

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School for Scoundrels Reviews

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Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media

Dismal comedy about nerds trying to be cool.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 1/5

January 1, 2011
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

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 Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 6/10

March 30, 2011
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Just dissipates in a puff of its own indifference.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

September 28, 2006
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

A clashing combination of mismatched, recycled ideas, and wasted opportunities.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 2/4

October 1, 2006
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)

School for Scoundrels is Fight Club for people afraid of Fight Club.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 11, 2006
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly

It feels like the filmmakers put Old School and Napoleon Dynamite into a cinematic blender and hit frappe in hopes of making a delicious shake. They ended up with a tasteless one.

| Original Score: 2/4

September 29, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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School for Scoundrels feels like a wasted opportunity.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

September 29, 2006
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Better at set-up than delivery, this is an underwritten movie with a lot of lags between laughs.

| Original Score: C

September 28, 2006
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

The only grade this school deserves is an F.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 1, 2006
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

None of the actors can save this weak script nor survive the tepid direction.

Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: D

January 11, 2007
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Nice guys and creeps make it to the finish line, though I won't say how they place. But I will divulge this: The movie's a loser.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 29, 2006
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net

How a movie with appearances by David Cross, Sarah Silverman, Luis Guzman and Matt Walsh isn't the funniest movie ever made is pretty incredible.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 5/10

September 26, 2006
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's not that Scoundrels lacks for talent; the cast members have all proven their ability to get laughs, but the material in Scoundrels is too wan.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

September 28, 2006
Christopher Orr
L.A. Weekly
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While the supporting players are a pleasure - especially backup doofuses David Cross and Todd Louiso -- Heder should probably have been among them.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 28, 2006
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Asked only to regurgitate prior performances, Heder dutifully performs his bumbling Napoleon Dynamite shtick and Thornton berates people with caustic Bad Santa/Bad News Bears nastiness.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 18, 2006
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

A fitfully amusing but overall unsatisfying film.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C+

September 28, 2006
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com

A good concept gone wrong. Wrong cast, director, and script.

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September 14, 2006
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Billy Bob Thornton's estimable talents are squandered in this shoddy comedy directed by Todd Phillips (Old School).

| Original Score: 2/5

September 28, 2006
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com

Jon Heder. He's the worst thing to happen to comedy since the invention of the frown.

Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: D+

September 28, 2006
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 2/5

November 20, 2008
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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September 30, 2006

Baltimore Sun
September 30, 2006

Irish Times

February 23, 2007
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