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Underclassman Reviews

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Andy Kurtz
Bullz-Eye.com

Nick Cannon is a funny guy. Not only that, he's got talent and charisma. He deserves to be in a film that doesn't try its best to make him look bad.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 10, 2005
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

June 10, 2013
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Underclassman doesn't even try to be good.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

September 1, 2005
John Ferguson
Radio Times

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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 2/5

June 10, 2013
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Cannon bounces through every frame hopped up with excess energy, rolling his eyes, spitting off rotten one-liners and overselling his blunt reactions to eye-splitting excess.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 1, 2005
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix

At times Tracy's a sensitive guy who just needs a hug; at others, he's an obnoxious motormouth.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 10, 2005
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net

Nick Cannon isn't nearly as funny as he thinks he is

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 4/10

September 1, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This is one of those movies where at the end of the year you'll say, 'Underclassman, what was that about? I don't even remember it.'

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

September 6, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Nick Cannon is too likable an actor to be stuck in junk like Underclassman.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

September 1, 2005
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Siega's hackneyed, by-the-books action-comedy exhibits few intelligent thoughts in its dunce cap-deserving head.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

August 15, 2005
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

It's mind-boggling that such relentlessly offensive trash ever finds financial backing from a major Hollywood studio.

Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

May 26, 2007
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

As fate would have it, I forgot to bring my Cop Movie Cliché bingo card to the screening. It's a shame, because I know I'd have won.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: D

September 1, 2005
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com

To the person who once told Cannon he was funny, I wish I could jump into my DeLorean, travel back in time, and administer some Irish kisses to this individual.

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

September 2, 2005
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

The smart-mouth-maverick-cop genre never looked more shopworn and played-out than in this halfhearted, half-baked mess.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 1/5

May 12, 2006
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Even the chase scenes sag as debut director Marcos Siega disappoints audiences at every turn.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: D

April 15, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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If it weren't for the racist and puerile humour and the general laziness of the production, you could almost understand a movie like Underclassman. And maybe even forgive it.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1/4

September 2, 2005
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Consists of little more than tired racial jokes and fish-out-of-water gags.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

June 10, 2013
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Cannon is abrasive and obnoxious, the comedy is not funny and the thrills are not thrilling.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: .5/4

September 9, 2005
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

[A] clichéd and callow action-comedy piece that's about as appetizing as a dead worm in the teacher's apple. Hence, the flawed Underclassman simply doesn't make the grade

Full Review Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 9, 2005
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun

There's little that's special about Underclassman, certainly nothing that Murphy and Eddie Griffin haven't done better in movies far funnier than this.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 3, 2005
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