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Accepted Reviews

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Anna Smith
Time Out
November 16, 2011
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 7, 2006
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Time Out
October 5, 2006
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 23, 2006
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Dallas Morning News
August 26, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 21, 2006
Even the characters in the movie are saying at the beginning, 'This is crazy. This will never work.' And I'm like, you know what? You're right. It never will. Not for one second. Even in a whacky comedy like this.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 19, 2006
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 19, 2006
Here's the final mystery about Accepted: Why title a movie that so readily invites the headline Rejected as a critical riposte?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
August 18, 2006
Even though it outright plagiarizes many plot points and gags of that generational classic, Accepted can't make the leap from contrived to genuine comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
August 18, 2006
Go right ahead and skip this one at the Cineplex. You've got my word: It won't be on the final.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 18, 2006
If you can lighten up for an hour and a half, the film delivers one good laugh after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 18, 2006
Too bad what begins as a cheerfully irreverent comedy in the tradition of Animal House gets all pious when it slams fraternity culture at neighboring Harmon College.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 18, 2006
Half-witted it may be, but as back-to-school time-killers go, Accepted's right on the edge of acceptable.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 18, 2006
A campus comedy that's as dull as bong water, Accepted is like the product of a community college filmmaking class, remedial division.
| Original Score: .5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 18, 2006
Like its underachieving protagonist, Steve Pink's teen comedy Accepted flashes just enough charm to get by but is too lazy to really make anything of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 18, 2006
The hijinks in Accepted are as wild as a sixth-grade prom.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 18, 2006
Accepted Or, Ferris Bueller gets his B.A. In this amiable but undernourished campus comedy.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 18, 2006
Too much of the plot is eaten up with clichéd assaults on a stodgy mainstream college and its pretty, gel-afflicted frat boys, who care waaayyy less about the liberal arts than whacking around pledges with a wooden spanker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
August 18, 2006
Give the new college comedy Accepted half credit for having the gumption to marry two previously unrelated, seminal classics in American arts and letters.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 18, 2006
Go to school and do your best, but check out Accepted before you go just as a reminder of the glory of rebellious foolishness.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
August 18, 2006
Like a mediocre high school transcript, the movie has the foundations, but it skimps on the extracurriculars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 18, 2006
Not content to go for cheap laughs, the movie ultimately tries to wave a banner for the slacker ethos, something about the value of free expression.
| Original Score: C+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 18, 2006
Accepted cannot handle its pretensions toward social commentary.
| Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 18, 2006
Sublimely stupid, this collegiate farce plays like a cross between Animal House and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 18, 2006
Accepted is trying to be a new species of Animal House, but at least that 1978 comedy had no pretensions of being more than a boisterous spoof of college life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 18, 2006
Low of brow and pure of heart, the movie plays like Animal House extra-lite, and as such it's decent indecent fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
August 17, 2006
A clever slacker and his oddball crew invent a phony college in this passable example of that oxymoronic genre, the Hollywood comedy about sticking it to the man.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
August 17, 2006
It's loud and goofy, but it's sorely lacking energy, not to mention laughs.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Adriane Quinlan
Washington Post
August 17, 2006
A fluffy teen comedy, Accepted gets annoying fast.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 17, 2006
The rowdy college comedy Accepted will probably generate the most laughs among viewers too young to realize it's been cobbled together from Animal House and Revenge of the Nerds, with inspiration from American Pie.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
August 17, 2006
It isn't the predictability that drags [Accepted] down so much as the complete lack of spark.
| Original Score: C
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
August 16, 2006
Accepted's winning dumbness and breezy bons mots save it from the pit.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 16, 2006
None of them will teach you anything you didn't already know -- but at least you'll have a good time until class is dismissed.
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
August 15, 2006
Accepted is an inspired premise in search of a movie: What starts out as a scabrous takedown of academic bureaucracy ends up yet another modestly rousing underdog story about the little slacker that could.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
August 14, 2006
Despite some genuine laughs, this underdog college comedy fails to live up to its promising potential.
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August 12, 2006
More disconcerting is the idea put forward that self-indulgence is a substitute for structured education, or, more to the point, that it's a substitute for life.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
August 11, 2006
As a misfit-empowering comedy that embraces the stragglers and fringe-dwellers of teen society, Accepted is sweetly amusing, gently anarchic and never mean-spirited.