Superbad Reviews

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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
August 3, 2013
Superbad is a movie about partying and getting wasted and getting the girl, but as the night wears on, much wisdom is gained too, about self, friendship and the end of teenage innocence in all its wondrous, terrifying splendor.
Chris Knight
National Post
August 3, 2013
Beneath the swearing and the tampon jokes lies a sweet-hearted tale of three chums celebrating the end of their carefree high-school days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
November 3, 2012
It's a simple tale about two horny kids not only on a quest for vodka, beer and sticky fumbling, but they're looking to find themselves in the process. I'll be damned if there's many people left in the cinema afterwards who won't relate to that.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Gilbey
Sight and Sound
July 6, 2010
Honest goodwill, fond observational detail and Greg Mottola's exuberant direction make the picture nigh on irresistible, but there are some missteps.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
The affable trajectory covers enough guffaws to balance out the flattest visuals this side of The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 3, 2009
Like all Apatow productions, it's far too long but it has a winning combination of cleverly crude humor and genuine sweetness.
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
What makes the film so appealing is the disconnect between what comes from the mouths of these hormone-addled pups and what's going on in their heads, where they're still clinging desperately to the innocence they're leaving behind.
Brian Gibson
Film School Rejects
October 18, 2008
With Superbad, Rogen continues to show off his writing skills, delivering one of the most viciously funny movies since Super Troopers.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
September 22, 2008
[Cera] has some of the best comic timing of anyone working in film today, a precocious sense of the awkward pauses and misread cues in which social panic resides.
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
September 4, 2008
The comic-duo of Jonah Hill and Michael Cera reminded me of an immature, foul-mouthed Laurel & Hardy.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
July 31, 2008
even if Superbad's not much more than a teen comedy, it's the best teen comedy to come out in at least a decade. There's no shame in that.
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
July 22, 2008
Thanks to Rogen and Apatow we can once again look forward to seeing R-rated comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 24, 2008
a fresh air
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
April 10, 2008
Raunchy enough, but it lacks some of the subtle wit and verbal sophistication that has always distinguished Apatow's finest comedies.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 6, 2008
Audiences who've laughed their asses off at Rogen's other work will be pleased to know that Superbad is not just another teen movie.
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette
February 28, 2008
The thing that saves Superbad from being a profane waste of time is its urbane intelligence and above all, bracing honesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Simon Thompson
Heart 106.2
January 22, 2008
Although the cop characters run out of steam a bit towards the end, the metrosexual relationship between the leads stays fresh all the way through. Brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
January 16, 2008
... a humanizing comedy built around the coming-of-age absurdity of actually getting whatever it is you think you want.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4.0
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
January 12, 2008
Maybe I would have been better off seeing Superbad before it became an instant cult classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 43/100
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
January 4, 2008
This is the funniest picture since Borat, and more emotionally nuanced than you would expect.
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