Underclassman Reviews

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Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
June 10, 2013
Marcos Siega's movie is a smudged paint-by-numbers police story with every cliche except a 24-hour deadline to solve the case.
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
June 10, 2013
Meant as a vehicle to deliver young actor Nick Cannon to headliner status, this lame comedy just limps along like a tricycle with bent rims.
John Ferguson
Radio Times
June 10, 2013
Cannon co-executive produced so he has to accept some of the blame for the lack of laughs and thrills, leaving Hugh Bonneville to ham it up for all he's worth as the school's snobbish headmaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 10, 2013
The finish, a rush of climaxes, can make you feel zoned at 3 a.m., trying to decide between TV and the wallpaper.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 10, 2013
Consists of little more than tired racial jokes and fish-out-of-water gags.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 15, 2009
Even the chase scenes sag as debut director Marcos Siega disappoints audiences at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
May 26, 2007
It's mind-boggling that such relentlessly offensive trash ever finds financial backing from a major Hollywood studio.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
March 6, 2007
This is geared toward the preteen set, but director Marcos Siega proves inept at executing the most basic dramatic and comedic setups, and Cannon's mugging and preening quickly grow tiresome.
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
The premise of The Underclassman is so familiar as to be groan-inducing, but the happy surprise is that it goes down very easily, and makes for agreeable summer light entertainment.
Chelsea Bain
Boston Herald
October 21, 2006
Fill a movie with enough racial jokes, speedy car chases and a handful of mysterious characters, and you're bound to woo the public, right? Not quite.
| Original Score: 1/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
The smart-mouth-maverick-cop genre never looked more shopworn and played-out than in this halfhearted, half-baked mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
February 19, 2006
It seems that the filmmakers behind Underclassman think that Nick Cannon is the second coming of comedy genius. The sad fact is that he ain't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 16, 2006
Underclassman is primarily a string of clichés looking for a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Stina Chyn
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
However unfortunate or sad it is that people enjoy experiencing mediocre quality cinema, if you have nothing more stimulating to do on a Friday night, Underclassman could provide the entertainment -- not enlightenment -- you seek.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 26, 2005
Almost comically unambitious, Underclassman seldom tries to be funny, and never even attempts to be original.
Eric Goldman
IGN Movies
September 21, 2005
The film feels like the victim of too many rewrites and edits, with lots of plotlines that go nowhere or feel oddly unfulfilled.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
September 16, 2005
Cannon simply doesn't have the chemistry with his co-stars that he needs; it's as if he's trying to perform a one-man show
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
September 10, 2005
Underclassman can't seem to decide if it wants to be a cop comedy or take on a more serious tone. Either way, it doesn't succeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
September 10, 2005
Underclassman flails around for 95 of the draggiest minutes that you could possibly encounter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
September 10, 2005
At times Tracy's a sensitive guy who just needs a hug; at others, he's an obnoxious motormouth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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