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Hall Pass Reviews

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William Goss
Film.com
June 16, 2011
The joke is supposed to be that it's sad to see these guys so desperate for a lay, but in truth, it's even sadder to see the brothers this desperate for a laugh.
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 14, 2011
Another chapter in the endless saga of American male infantilism.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 11, 2011
There's something about Hall Pass that feels grosser than the usual Farrelly brothers comedy.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
March 9, 2011
The usual string of hackneyed and largely laugh-free set-ups involving vulgar chat-up lines, hash brownies and a mad, jealous guy with a crowbar, all seemingly purpose-honed to appeal to devotees of 'The Hangover'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 28, 2011
A gross-out comedy about the perpetual immaturity of the American male that has, amazingly enough, a mature perspective.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 26, 2011
Peter and Bobby Farrelly are gross-out artists in transition.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 26, 2011
Everything feels forced. Nothing kills laughter faster than trying too hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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February 25, 2011
The Farrellys have a distinct touch that carries their dubious premise across.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 25, 2011
The film is rarely funny, pointedly tasteless (as if that's new), usually embarrassing and always bad.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 25, 2011
It wastes a lot of energy to very little effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 25, 2011
"Something about Mary" seems a lifetime ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
February 25, 2011
The Farrellys hedged their bets on whether to take marital infidelity seriously, when what they ought to have done is go all-out with the vulgar, one-dimensional slapstick, and leave it at that.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
February 25, 2011
Guys can be desperately pathetic creatures when it comes to the opposite sex.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 25, 2011
The idea has been spun out to its fullest comic potential and the ultimate endorsement of monogamy is even more predictable.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 25, 2011
Why do the Farrellys huff and puff and hem and haw and meander through a full third of the picture before the premise even clicks into low gear? At least the answer isn't long in coming: They don't have clue one where to go with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 25, 2011
Haphazardly conceived, phlegmatically paced, lazily filmed and punctuated with gratuitous moments of sexual and scatological slapstick..
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 25, 2011
An occasionally funny comedy with slow stretches that has directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly returning to their trademark gross-out humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 25, 2011
Ever catch yourself thinking, "Man, I wish beer commercials lasted just 104 minutes longer"?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 25, 2011
Like the middle-aged dads in this flaccid fiasco, "Hall Pass" is a decade behind the curve of what's happening.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 25, 2011
A problem with "Hall Pass," I think, is that both Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis are affable, and the movie wants us to like them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 24, 2011
Some of the material in Hall Pass is just plain gross, but some of it is damn funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 24, 2011
The funniest stuff doesn't grow naturally from the story or characters, but feels appended, thrown on as afterthought, like a condiment, to add a little flavor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
February 24, 2011
Mildly amusing or marginally offensive is about as good as it gets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 24, 2011
Perhaps if this had been a saucy French sex comedy, it might have taken off. But in the hands of directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly, it's a clunky non-starter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
February 24, 2011
Traffics in a brand of misogyny so puzzling that it can only be analyzed by examining the film's raunchy jokes at close range.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 24, 2011
Once the funny and not-so-funny start to flow, you might not care, though it would be nice if the Farrellys did care about the banality of their images, just a little.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 24, 2011
Funny, often savagely so.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
February 24, 2011
The Farrellys, once masters of the funny script, now seem to have no time for outrageous plots or the killer dialogue we loved them for.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 24, 2011
"Hall Pass" captures the thrill that grown men get from a dirty joke and sustains it for almost the whole picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 24, 2011
Bobby and Peter Farrelly have brought water to the arid desert currently calling itself American film comedy. It's a drink spiked with enough crudeness to cause a nasty bout of dysentery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 24, 2011
I liked this movie better when it was called The Seven-Year Itch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
February 24, 2011
Though the film never balances the grown-up stuff with the gross-out gags, it suggests the Farrellys might be able to do mature after all.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
February 24, 2011
Hall Pass is such a tiring and dispiriting enterprise in and of itself that using it as a potential springboard to contemplate why the Farrellys no longer 'matter' ... well, it just seems not to matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 24, 2011
The Farrelly brothers continue to strain desperately for their gross-out glory days with Hall Pass, their latest "comedy" -- and, yes, that word is in quotes for a reason.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
February 24, 2011
Nothing new from the Farrelly brothers, but a mild recommendation for the handful of big laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Christopher Kelly
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
February 24, 2011
Any time a movie needs to resort to two sequences involving unexpected bowel moments for laughs, you know you're in trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 24, 2011
It's secondhand, vaguely resigned material. And while Sudeikis has some talent, he's not yet ready to co-anchor a feature comedy.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 24, 2011
It's crude, for sure, relentlessly so, but it's also just dumb and, when it tries to get something close to serious, kind of depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 23, 2011
Hall Pass, a light comedy of horny marital woe from directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly, makes a novel statement about the sex wars: It says that they're essentially over. And that the guys - in case there was any lingering suspense about it - have lost.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Andrew Barker
Variety
February 23, 2011
Those 1990s gross-out kings, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, are finally growing up, even if that maturation is visible only in highly relative terms.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
February 23, 2011
The gross-outs stick out in the Farrellys' spotty new comedy.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 23, 2011
Not only disgusting and unendurable, but filthy and boring, too.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 23, 2011
Hall Pass is a hilariously unnaughty movie; you know exactly where it's going.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
February 22, 2011
What once came naturally now seems like trying too hard, as the Farrellys face their own mid-life crisis.