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Back to School Reviews

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
June 17, 2014
Classic '80s comedy has lots of profanity, innuendo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 1, 2013
Dangerfield proves once again why he's one of the funniest men on screen.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 1, 2013
The vibes, here, are all wrong, and Dangerfield's unique timing is disrupted in most scenes.
Joe Baltake
Philadelphia Daily News
August 1, 2013
Back to School is furious fun.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 1, 2013
I mean no disrespect to Rodney Dangerfield in suggesting that Back to School is a comedy that belongs back on the drawing board.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
August 1, 2013
The profoundly strange presence of Rodney Dangerfield triumphs over sloppy writing and lumpy editing in this sometimes raunchy farce.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 1, 2013
Dangerfield seems to be setting the film's brisk pace and flawless timing himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
August 1, 2013
This is at best a flyweight summer movie.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 16, 2013
In this very funny Rodney Dangerfield comedy, there has been an important shift in Rodney's entertainment persona, a shift that has made this small film a monster hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 27, 2010
One of the brightest (and least pretentious) comedies of the past quarter-century, the 1986 box office hit Back to School is the sort of film that's easy to watch repeatedly over the years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

TV Guide
February 27, 2008
The result is unsophisticated, unilluminating, unambitious, and hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 27, 2008
It's a good character for Dangerfield, one that veers him away from the 'I don't get no respect' pathos that comes too easily to him, and enough attention is paid to the minimal plot to integrate Dangerfield's classically constructed one-liners.

Film4
February 27, 2008
Observe, and offer cod psychological analysis to your friends.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
February 27, 2008
This Rodney Dangerfield vehicle is a lot better than it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 18, 2007
Dangerfield dominates most the film, happily upending everything around him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
[An] acceptable time-passer.
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
October 28, 2005
Dangerfield's best cinematic offering, but it's the late Sam Kinison's cameo that steals the show.
| Original Score: B+
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
March 24, 2004
Dangerfield at his feature film best--and no, really, I do mean that as a good thing.
| Original Score: 4/5
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
December 22, 2003
Ba-da-bing, punch line, ba-da-boom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
July 15, 2003
Rodney Dangerfield's funniest film
| Original Score: 4/5
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