HairBrained Reviews

August 29, 2019
HairBrained play like a strangely adolescent offering, squandering its tiny gleams of talent for an onslaught of strained scenarios. Knowledge is power, generally speaking. Here, it's a notion exploited for deflating effect.
October 31, 2014
HairBrained is enjoyable, lightweight entertainment and, for a story about a genius, it requires very little thinking.
March 1, 2014
Think a poor man's cross of Napoleon Dynamite (2004) and Old School (2003) where a coming-of-age tale merges with a midlife crisis.
February 28, 2014
Poorly thought-out serio-comedy
February 28, 2014
A campus comedy that tries to transcend its many formulaic elements with an insufficient dose of absurdism.
February 28, 2014
"HairBrained" is painfully contrived and self-consciously quirky from the word go.
February 27, 2014
HairBrained is a rather dumb comedy about a sharply intelligent mind, failing due to flat characters, cliched plotting and minimal laughs.
February 27, 2014
Hairbrained has a lot of good stuff. There is nothing egregiously wrong with the film. It just needs more of that good stuff.
February 27, 2014
Unfortunately, the movie lacks strong enough players to fill in subtext to Mr. Kent's formulaic setups, and the story flounders once Ms. Posey is out of the picture.
Top Critic
February 27, 2014
Aside from some nice autumnal shots of Ivy League college campuses, there's nothing in HairBrained to sustain much interest.
February 27, 2014
Early potential fizzles away too quickly in this underachieving buddy comedy, which just barely skids along on the charm of its co-stars.
February 27, 2014
Often caught trying too hard, forcing the feature into positions that fail to extract the simple joys of the premise and its idiosyncratic lead character.
February 26, 2014
"HairBrained" is stuck in one of those strained, superficial movie worlds that resemble Earth, but bear few commonalities with real life and human behavior. The experience of watching it is frustrating, then obnoxious in its too-cute adorkableness.
February 25, 2014
Billy Kent's charming HairBrained comes from a long legacy of collegiate comedies but still finds its own identity.
February 25, 2014
HairBrained[...] manages to play like a winning amalgam of Real Genius and Rushmore, even though it shouldn't work at all.
February 18, 2014
As a buddy comedy, HairBrained has a few precious moments of male bonding between Fraser and Wolff, but their mismatched friendship yields few laughs and never feels genuine.
February 17, 2014
HAIRBRAINED feels like a throwback to college comedies of 1980s cable TV.
February 4, 2014
Too bad that the film's funniest personalities, Parker Posey and Fred Melamed, have the smallest parts.