The Substitute Reviews

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August 21, 2014
Worth the time for its occasional nuggets of interesting action, and the performance by Berenger.
October 9, 2005
What begins as watchable quickly degenerates into a no-brain action flick that produces a ton of derisive laughter.
August 14, 2005
March 26, 2004
July 22, 2003
Really fun movie. Twist on the "Dangerous Minds" scenario.
May 23, 2003
March 21, 2003
Mediocre action flick with an ex-marine teacher taking his gang-banging students to task. Don't bother.
February 17, 2003
March 13, 2002
February 13, 2001
There's a sense of shrewd observation throughout The Substitute that makes it come alive and seem quite a few cuts above such usual genre fare.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
Settles for being a deranged version of The A-Team meets The Principal.
January 1, 2000
A poorly written and barely acted, but crowd-pleasing revenge flick.
January 1, 2000
Aside from a lot of only moderately-satisfying violence, The Substitute comes across as rather lame.
January 1, 2000
The title changes, the actors change, and the superficial details of the story change, but it is always about exactly the same thing: heavily armed men shooting at one another.
January 1, 2000
Because The Substitute doesn't take itself seriously, it's a great deal of lowbrow fun.
January 1, 2000
This movie is a lot more entertaining than the Michelle Pfeiffer showcase Dangerous Minds.
January 1, 2000
The silliness of The Substitute escalates as the film progresses, so that by the end there have been plenty of laughs during 'serious' scenes.
January 1, 2000
There's a certain amount of camp value to this over-the-top thriller, which might as well be called Rambo Goes to High School.
January 1, 2000
Those who appreciate the irony of a killing machine turned loose on a pack of nasty students will find The Substitute a source of nonstop delight.
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