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General Education Reviews

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Top Critic
Serena Donadoni
October 26, 2012
What screenwriters [Tom] Morris, Elliot Feld and Jaz Kalkat fail to build is dramatic tension: affable, extremely self-involved Levi easily skates around all obstacles.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 2, 2012
What have I learned? High school movies can be duller—and more sour—than previously thought possible...The least generic element of General Education is its openly hostile attitude toward gay people. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
September 10, 2012
If given the choice between going to class and seeing the high-school comedy General Education, go with school.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
August 30, 2012
Defiantly humorless, the comedy is little more than a grab-bag of familiar high school-film cliches populated with bland characters played by barely-there actors. It was clearly a labor of love for no one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
August 30, 2012
A technically impressive tapioca of a movie, this bland indie seriocomedy may serve as an early springboard for a couple of talented young actors, but little else.
Todd Jorgenson
August 29, 2012
The film feels like a strained collection of outtakes from other comedies about teenage nerds and dysfunctional families.
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Marsha McCreadie
Village Voice
August 28, 2012
The film is like a new colt tripping over itself, going off every which way ...
Witney Seibold
August 24, 2012
Plays out in a bland sitcom way, but is mercifully peppered with a few bizarre moments of surreal slapstick that keep it afloat.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 24, 2012
Wavers between extreme silliness and unbearable earnestness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
August 23, 2012
The lead character's sister is more interesting than he is, and she spends much of her screen time as a mute mime.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine
August 23, 2012
Unfortunately, in General Education, even tried-and-true formulas fall flat thanks to the lack of several key elements-good dialogue, fully developed characters and a satisfying story.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 23, 2012
As generic and forgettable as its title, this half-hearted attempt at a teen comedy feels like a term paper you might buy online: poorly written and cribbed from a million other sources.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
August 23, 2012
When the biggest name in the movie is Janeane Garofalo, why waste her in an extraneous, laugh-free side role as the protagonist's neglected housewife mother?
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 19, 2012
Too derivative to be amusing and too earnest to be parodic, it assumes the form of countless other teen comedies minus any wit or drama.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Brandon Judell
August 18, 2012
With its hackneyed outlook and lack of a moral core or a purpose, 'General Education' is little more than a defective episode of 'Saved by the Bell.'
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