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High School Reviews

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
June 1, 2012
No contact high is acquired.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
June 1, 2012
I'm betting director John Stalberg Jr. also debated calling it "Bake Sale," revolving as it does around the mass-dosing of the student body with pot brownies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 1, 2012
The only good news for everyone involved: The worst moment in your career is surely behind you.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 1, 2012
It's a bit crude, a lot illogical and you might have to be in a certain state of mind to enjoy a film this silly.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 31, 2012
I watched this seemingly endless flick with hardly a smile, never mind a laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
May 31, 2012
Not only is this drug-related film not as funny as the likes of "Pineapple Express," it isn't even as funny as "Midnight Express"
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
May 31, 2012
Surely this could be a fine premise for an entertaining stoner flick. It isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 31, 2012
Once the plot has sprung into action, "High School" is a bumpy ride that takes a few amusing dives but never coheres into anything special.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
May 31, 2012
Somehow, High, directed by newcomer John Stalberg, lured serious talent, including Adrien Brody, Colin Hanks and Michael Chiklis. Even odder: They're the worst actors of the bunch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 31, 2012
...so bad it almost gives me fond memories of "Detention."
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
May 31, 2012
Lacking real kick, "High School" winds up as irksome as a bag of ditch weed and as lame as the pun of the film's title.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 31, 2012
Brody's performance won't earn him a Oscar to place next to the one he earned for The Pianist nine years ago, but it's the only thing that makes High School marginally worth catching.
Alison Willmore
Movieline
May 31, 2012
High School has such a winning premise that you want to send everyone involved in making it back to the drawing board for a do-over - just take it from the top, folks, and this time everyone actually have a good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 31, 2012
A silly stoner comedy boosted by a few unexpected tweaks, John Stalberg's debut is more notable for its enthusiasm than its originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
May 31, 2012
It's exactly what it appears to be: a funny-enough stoner comedy with a likable cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 31, 2012
The movie goes flat when it needs to be upping the tempo and hitting new heights of absurdity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
May 31, 2012
When all else fails, make a joke about balls.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
May 31, 2012
There's no heartfelt bond between the generic main characters, no emotional drive or urgency or pithy observations about life and high school. "High School" only emphasizes the "high."
| Original Score: 1/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
May 31, 2012
Can audiences who've seen the Harold & Kumar films and watched Method Man and Redman smoke John Quincy Adams' bones in How High settle for so little?
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 31, 2012
"High School" is a pun. Get it? This is one of those stoner comedies that may be funny if you're high - but if not, not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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