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School for Scoundrels Reviews

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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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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 2, 2006
Things get increasingly dopey in the final act, leading to an incredibly stupid ending, but I have to admit I laughed just enough to recommend School for Scoundrels.
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Dallas Morning News
September 30, 2006
You want it to be over long before the needless epilogue that fills you in on how all these freaks turned out.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 30, 2006
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 29, 2006
It feels as if director Phillips was scrounging desperately for morsels with comic potential and came up empty-handed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 29, 2006
School for Scoundrels is an exercise in advanced comedic embalming.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 29, 2006
While the film is demeaned by sight gags aimed at teenage boys, it has a smart center and delightful performances from Heder and Thornton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
September 29, 2006
It would require a near-lethal injection of nitrous oxide to induce laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 29, 2006
Despite the appeal of cobra-eyed Thornton and bunny-nosed Heder, Scoundrels trips early, and often.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 29, 2006
School for Scoundrels is a simply written, perfectly cast, sneaky-edgy, stab-yourself-in-the-leg-with-a-pen laugh riot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 29, 2006
This time the pace is so weak that long periods go by without even the whiff of a joke.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 29, 2006
Heder's looks and mannerisms are so inherently geeky that the post-transformation Roger appears to be less a lion with a hearty roar than a dork with delusions of grandeur.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
September 29, 2006
Phillips' version does add one tantalizing twist as Thornton singles out his best student (Heder, of course) and takes him on mano a mano, but it seems like an awful lot of trouble to win over such an uninteresting love interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2006
What's almost refreshing about Phillips' approach to comedy... is that he and co-writer Scot Armstrong like the classically unfettered fun of a silly bit played to the hilt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 29, 2006
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 29, 2006
Is it a black comedy that isn't dark enough? Or a dumb comedy that isn't stupid enough, or a gross-out comedy that isn't yucky enough? Or is it really just a romance comedy that isn't sweet enough?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 29, 2006
There's too much familiarity in School for Scoundrels for it to be break-out funny. There are chuckles, sure, but they're chuckles you've had before.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 29, 2006
Todd Phillips is swiftly becoming the go-to guy for comedy that's a lot smarter than it looks or probably needs to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 29, 2006
Cruelty, of course, can be a valid basis for comedy, and comedies also can survive a lot of mistakes. Falling flat, however, isn't one of them.
| Original Score: C-
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
September 29, 2006
Guys are guys in Todd Phillips movies, for better or worse, but almost always for the purposes of arriving somewhere in the same ZIP code as the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 29, 2006
It achieves something previously thought impossible: It renders Billy Bob Thornton unfunny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
September 29, 2006
There are a few amusing shticks, but School for Scoundrels fails to make the grade.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 29, 2006
The film stalls out when it should shift into high gear.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 29, 2006
School for Scoundrels feels like a wasted opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 28, 2006
Billy Bob Thornton's estimable talents are squandered in this shoddy comedy directed by Todd Phillips (Old School).
| Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 28, 2006
Lame and formulaic.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 28, 2006
The movie is bereft of any real focus or provocative ideas, which is a surprising result from [director] Phillips, the maker of Road Trip and Old School.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 28, 2006
Director Todd Phillips has become Hollywood's go-to guy for collegiate humor, and though this isn't as funny as his Road Trip or Old School, there are some choice sequences of the devious Thornton schooling his milquetoast students.
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
September 28, 2006
This ultimately disappointing comedy starts reasonably strong, delivers a few good laughs, then rolls over and plays dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
September 28, 2006
A battering ram of rude encounters that aspires to be a romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 28, 2006
Phillips' theory of comedy mainly consists of: When in doubt, make someone strip down to his underwear.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Christopher Orr
L.A. Weekly
September 28, 2006
While the supporting players are a pleasure - especially backup doofuses David Cross and Todd Louiso -- Heder should probably have been among them.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 27, 2006
Director Todd Phillips tries for the kind of frat slaphappiness he applied so successfully to Old School, but these boys are less scoundrels than individual salesmen for the brands of Heder and Thornton.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 26, 2006
Ultimately, School for Scoundrels earns a failing grade.
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
September 26, 2006
The movie wouldn't work without someone as nondescript as Heder, because you can buy him as a do-nothing, go-nowhere man; he's perfectly, wonderfully forgettable, appropriate for a movie like this.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 25, 2006
Phillips is here to stay. And the whacked humor and sneaky substance of School for Scoundrels is another compelling reason why.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
September 25, 2006
A mean-spirited yet mushy comedy that deserves to be left back.
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
September 21, 2006
This unfunny comedy, a loose remake of a 1960s British romp, can't decide whether Billy Bob Thonrton's "teacher" is a hero or villain and thus every scene negates the previous one in tone and morale until the movie literally self-destructs at the end
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4