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Bad Teacher Reviews

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Leonard Maltin
indieWIRE
July 8, 2011
I was wary going in, as I tend to be whenever a Hollywood movie announces through its advertising how "outrageous" it's going to be. The only outrageous thing about Bad Teacher is that director Jake Kasdan and two writers who earned an...
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
June 27, 2011
If you can see past the dismal sexual politics of "Bad Teacher," which I couldn't, you might applaud the gall of a film that expends so little effort in forcing us to like its central character.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2011
A frustrating mix of smart flash and smirking impudence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
June 24, 2011
Hard to root for such a selfish lead, but "Bad Teacher" has just enough politically incorrect humor to warrant a grade of B.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 24, 2011
If you're looking for a funny comedy about a cynical, hard-partying school teacher transformed by his students into a paragon of pedagogical awesomeness, skip Bad Teacher and go rent School of Rock instead.
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June 24, 2011
There are plenty of quality gags seeping through from the margins.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 24, 2011
Has its lewd funniness, though not often enough to make it worthy of not only Bad Santa but, more to the point, School of Rock.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
June 24, 2011
Everyone loves an anti-hero, but usually there's something redeeming about the character that makes you want to root for them in the end. Not so much in Bad Teacher.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 24, 2011
The best lines were harvested for the trailer -- so if you've seen that, you've seen it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 24, 2011
Shame the flick's just a one-note joke because, sight unseen, Bad Teacher had me at the title.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 24, 2011
The film is fast and often funny. And while it's not for children - really - I bet the adults who just spent a school year with them are going to love it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 24, 2011
This fitfully funny but mostly dull misfire defines exactly where the line can be drawn between truly subversive humor and lazy cynicism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Toronto Star
June 24, 2011
As film school assignments go, Bad Teacher is a potentially "A" topic with a "C" result that would require considerable remedial writing to upgrade.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 24, 2011
A fitfully amusing comedy that promises far more outrageousness than it actually delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 24, 2011
"Bad Teacher" immediately brings "Bad Santa" to mind and suffers by the comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
June 24, 2011
Diaz performs with gusto, but the screenplay doesn't give her many funny things to say.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 23, 2011
The film's rhythms are disjointed, and there are tedious patches and gaping holes in the story. No one bothered to create anything beyond a vague outline of a superficial character.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 23, 2011
Diaz, costars Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake, and a sharp supporting cast (Lucy Punch, Phyllis Smith, Thomas Lennon, John Michael Higgins) manage to deliver a crappy good time, mercifully devoid of any heart-tugging teacher-student subplots.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 23, 2011
Have talented actors ever struggled so much to so little avail? Ms. Diaz sells her lines like a street vendor peddling fake Timexes.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 23, 2011
We're more concerned with the mock-shock screenplay futilely in search of a story, and the characters that could have been created on an Etch A Sketch.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 23, 2011
Ms. Diaz has found her down-and-dirty element in the kind of broad comedy that threatens to get ugly and more or less succeeds on that threat.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 23, 2011
Makes a homecoming bonfire out of schoolroom pieties and drags heroic-educator yarns into the boy's bathroom for a swirlie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 23, 2011
Cameron Diaz's fem spin on Billy Bob Thornton's Bad Santa should have added up to raunchy fun. Sadly, it only took about 10 minutes to wipe the smile off my face.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 23, 2011
Barely makes the grade in either humor or provocation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 23, 2011
This movie is what you do when you have never been to school or don't like education. Or movies, comedies, women, breasts, sex, or dodgeball.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 23, 2011
"Bad Teacher" keeps threatening to become entertaining without quite getting there, but it took me a while to realize how truly awful it is.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 23, 2011
Bad Teacher is a promising concept in need of more promising material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
June 23, 2011
Diaz is funny, all right, but she is no miracle worker, so she can't erase the movie's slow spots or make it feel shorter than its 92-minute running time (it feels much, much longer, never a good sign for a comedy).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 23, 2011
The classroom comedy "Bad Teacher" could have been sent to detention for copying off of "Bad Santa," but it's brazenly funny in its own right - until it turns into a goody two-shoes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
June 23, 2011
Bad Teacher isn't subtle in its "borrowing" from its clear inspiration, but it is savvy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 23, 2011
The concept titillates - an oversexed, drug-abusing, foul-mouthed, doesn't-give-a-s--- woman put in charge of a classroom - but the result is drab, obvious, and disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 23, 2011
"Bad Teacher" is a pulled punch, a pot-smoking/kid cussing/teacher copulating farce that is less than the sum of its parts.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 22, 2011
Kasdan and writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg construct the film as a series of set pieces, some funnier than others.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 22, 2011
"Bad Teacher" is exactly the one-joke movie that you probably expect it to be, but there are enough variations and shadings of that one joke to sustain its brief running time -- just barely.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 22, 2011
We're not on Elizabeth's side, or anyone else's, really. We're just watching a film try to pass off misanthropic blunt-wittedness as ''edge.''
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
June 22, 2011
A refreshingly raucous comedy that comes surprisingly close to completely living up to its lack of conviction...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 22, 2011
The movie's nods to the bare-bones economics of educators' lives are subversive and admirable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
June 21, 2011
Are actresses like Diaz and Punch really cool with punishing material based on the worst male-invented stereotypes of the way women deceptively control men and compete with one another?
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
June 18, 2011
Its comic rhythms are out of whack, and sloppy continuity and unfilled story blanks suggest ample post-production surgery on a pic that commenced shooting more than a year ago.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
June 17, 2011
Having decided not to risk offending us, it could at least work a little harder to earn our affection.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 15, 2011
It's a basic but amusing farce gifted with enough sharp lines to carry you through the lean patches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5