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Sky High Reviews

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Matt Singer
Village Voice
August 3, 2005
My 12-year-old self would have liked this movie a lot. The 25-year-old me likes it a bit more than he cares to admit.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
July 29, 2005
Smartly written and sprightly played, Sky High satisfies with a clever commingling of spoofy superheroics, school-daze hijinks, and family friendly coming-of-age dramedy.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
July 29, 2005
Harmless family comedy with welcomely loopy asides.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 29, 2005
Funny, clever and even a bit inspirational, hinting at the potential for heroism in all of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
July 29, 2005
With a crisp and snappy visual style and its smartly paced story, Sky High pulls an incredible feat in an age of dumbed-down kids comedies; it's as down-to-earth as it is super.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
July 29, 2005
Sky High may set a record for ripping off more movies in just over an hour and a half than any other film in history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 29, 2005
The formula fizzles when you skimp on the ingredients. Sky High never achieves liftoff.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 29, 2005
Takes camp to new levels of self-aware mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
July 29, 2005
An engaging and surprisingly sharp allegory about high-school hierarchies and adolescent growing pains.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 29, 2005
A good-natured and witty mix of two modern film genres, Sky High is classic Disney filmmaking -- fanciful, family-friendly and, most importantly, fun.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 29, 2005
Cheesy as it is, the family comedy Sky High doesn't even approximate the texture of Kraft plastic-wrapped singles.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 29, 2005
This is, indeed, another teen flick, a spotty, stodgily directed, though occasionally clever one, with several cardboard performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
July 29, 2005
The climax, which involves the homecoming dance and a death ray, is frenzied in its effort to entertain, yet ultimately underwhelming, much like the movie as a whole.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 29, 2005
High schoolers (who are shown chugging only soda pop at a supposedly rowdy party) will rule this movie lame, though early grade-schoolers might bite.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
July 29, 2005
A clever, cotton-candy- light self-parody to the superhero genre that's both effective and refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 29, 2005
The movie offers good-spirited fun with a family tilt.
Read More | Original Score: B
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
July 29, 2005
Surprisingly fresh and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
July 29, 2005
Sky High hasn't a single original idea in its bird brain.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
July 29, 2005
Director Mike Mitchell and his writing team have a lot of fun tweaking the conventions of the contemporary teen movie.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 29, 2005
The Incredibles it ain't, but Sky High will do nicely.
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Jane Horwitz
Washington Post
July 28, 2005
Director Mike Mitchell deftly blends two genres -- the high school romance and the special-effects-laden superhero comic book adaptation -- and manages to spoof yet salute both with a refreshing lack of pretension.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 28, 2005
This zippy Disney adventure-comedy asks that age-old question, 'Is there life after high school?,' and answers it with a cheerful 'Not really.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 28, 2005
Sky High is too hopelessly contrived for its actors to be able to make it work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 28, 2005
This movie about a high school for superheroes is so good-natured and self-deprecating that it's virtually impossible to dislike the thing.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 28, 2005
The creators of Sky High have their finger expertly placed on their movie's pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
July 28, 2005
The clever script finds the fun while Michael Angarano keeps the emotions real as a kid who learns that real friends don't care if you're a star.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 28, 2005
Sky High is a diverting family comedy that at its best aims to be a live-action Incredibles and at its middling a live-action episode of Kim Possible.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 28, 2005
Sky High is funny, smart, energetic, subversive, and has a few substantive things to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
July 27, 2005
The flick is best in its bittier moments (watch for the stellar cameos), and there's nothing to trouble the tots.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 26, 2005
A likable mix of laughs and wacky action sequences.