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Underclassman Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 6, 2005
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.'
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 2, 2005
Less an original product than a shoddy tribute to other mediocre cop movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 2, 2005
Hu, Marin and a very fine British actor, Hugh Bonneville (Iris) playing the school's headmaster, bring some desperately needed authenticity and texture to this Miramax film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 2, 2005
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
September 2, 2005
The film is of little use to anyone except casting directors, fixed on selling a performer rather than telling a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 2, 2005
This feeble Beverly Hills Cop knockoff will give audiences burned repeatedly by crummy movies this summer yet another reason to avoid multiplexes for the Labor Day weekend.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
September 2, 2005
It's off to detention for Underclassman, a remedial comedy for idiots.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 2, 2005
Underclassman is squarely aimed at a teen audience, but will be best appreciated by those who have never seen a TV cop show or, better yet, never attended school.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 2, 2005
It gets a failing grade even by the low standards of late-August Hollywood releases.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 2, 2005
Thanks to his charm and wit, Cannon's character eventually finds himself in with the school's in crowd, but his movie runs out of fresh ideas in the first 15 of its 95 minutes.
| Original Score: D+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
September 2, 2005
Within that worn formula of cop-shop banter and implausible car chases, lanky Nick Cannon offers some mild entertainment for teenagers looking for a safe bet at the multiplex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
September 2, 2005
Underclassman flunks out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 2, 2005
Let me float the suggestion that it be rated PG-13-only, since anyone older than that will quickly realize he or she has better things to do than attend this pitiful Beverly Hills Cop retread.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
September 1, 2005
A been-there, done-that snoozer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 1, 2005
The latest bit of damaged goods offered up in the Miramax clearance sale, Underclassman plays like the longest episode of 21 Jump Street ever made.
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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
September 1, 2005
If you saw 21 Jump Street back in the '80s, or any of a number of shows featuring cute and cuddly cops, you pretty much know where this flick is heading.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
September 1, 2005
That sound you hear is from jet engines gassing up, about to zoom Underclassman to DVD-ville.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 1, 2005
Marcos Siega's direction is well-paced, but writers David T. Wagner and Brent Goldberg haven't brought anything sufficiently fresh or original to a formula plot.
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 1, 2005
Screenwriters David T. Wagner and Brent Goldberg don't have tin ears, exactly; they've just recycled every movie quip they've ever overheard.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 1, 2005
Underclassman doesn't even try to be good.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
September 1, 2005
So far-fetched as to make Kindergarten Cop look comparatively austere.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
September 1, 2005
A goofy puppy that just wants to be loved -- and knows only how to make an unimaginative mess.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 1, 2005
It's not horrible, but it's not worth rescheduling your Labor Day barbecue around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
September 1, 2005
The script, by David T. Wagner and Brent Goldberg, is breathtakingly bad.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 31, 2005
Like a student project sloppily cribbed from other kids' notes.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Nick Sylvester
Village Voice
August 30, 2005
Nope! I'm sorry, this won't do.