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Back to School Reviews

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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
[An] acceptable time-passer.
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Nina Darnton
New York Times
May 21, 2003
The film is a good-natured potpourri of gags, funny bits, populist sentiment and anti-intellectualism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This is exactly the sort of plot Marx or Fields could have appeared in. Dangerfield brings it something they might also have brought along: a certain pathos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4