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Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Reviews

August 14, 2007
A multilayered goof on ethnic stereotypes...
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 9, 2006
Behind all the Farrelly-esque gross-out humour and Cheech & Chong-isms lies a sensitive little picture with a deftly handled anti-racism slant.
January 15, 2005
Stretches the boundaries of offensiveness in ways that both make us laugh and make us think.
August 1, 2004
Silliness is the movie's only ambition, but there's something mind-blowing about seeing a fratty comedy through two pairs of Asian-American eyes, particularly when those eyes belong to actors who were token minorities in other dumb comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 30, 2004
A peppy, satisfying comedy that could soon become a minor classic.
July 30, 2004
Will seem a classic if you're stoned, and only slightly less funny if you're straight.
July 30, 2004
This is one more 'youth movie' that'll put years on anyone over 25.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 30, 2004
If it's possible for a movie to be sly and full-on raunchy at the same time, Danny Leiner's p.o.v.-shifting stoner-buddy comedy is it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 30, 2004
It's a delightful surprise that Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle is so hilarious for pretty much all the reasons it should be so predictably brainless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 30, 2004
Has enough laughs and misadventures to satisfy its built-in audience, but it won't win any converts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 30, 2004
Crude, tasteless, sophomoric and crass. It is also, sometimes, funny.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 30, 2004
While Harold & Kumar isn't quite a low-brow revelation on the scale of Clerks, it is one of film history's more inspired examples of off-color Jerseyana.
July 30, 2004
The most gut-bustingly funny movie so far this year.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 30, 2004
The laugh ratio in this run-on of skits is pretty low, at least to the unaltered mind of one who's seen enough of these films and eaten enough White Castle burgers to last a lifetime.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 30, 2004
This gonzo ganja comedy is propelled more by sly charm, sharp wit and stinging social satire than by mere smoke jokes.
Read More | Original Score: B+
July 30, 2004
Plays it a little too safe and hackneyed with the comedy, but the characters and the talented actors who play them are a refreshing change of pace that make the movie feel like a minor buddy-comedy revolution.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 30, 2004
Perfectly paired, John Cho and Kal Penn take the stereotypes of the brilliant Asian and the genius Indian for a joyride.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 30, 2004
One secret of fiction is the creation of unique characters who are precisely defined. The secret of comedy is the same, with the difference being that the characters must be obsessed with unwholesome but understandable human desires.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 30, 2004
What's engaging about all this is that Penn and Cho are smart actors doing very dumb humor. Somehow the combination proves amusing.
Read More | Original Score: B-
July 29, 2004
That Cho and Penn are such likable actors and are so funny in their roles earns the movie more slack than it probably deserves and prevents it from being just another gross-out comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 29, 2004
In those rare instances when it's not being a dumb comedy, Harold and Kumar is a rather crafty satire of racial stereotypes (which, it must be said, traffics in a few stereotypes of its own).
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 29, 2004
It does have one thing on its side: It's freakin' hilarious, man.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 29, 2004
Attacks of hunger and indigestion, comic hallucinations and episodes of flat-out insensibility are scrambled together on this goofy roller coaster ride of dope.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 29, 2004
In their formidable quest for junk food, Harold and Kumar end up redefining what the all-American protagonists of Hollywood movies should look like -- and prove this comedy is not quite as brain-dead as it originally appeared.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 29, 2004
At road's end, Harold and Kumar smells very similar to the shrine of its title, which is great before you bite in and way less appetizing after you've sobered up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 29, 2004
A laugh-out-loud if not-exactly-good stoner comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 29, 2004
Just as Mike Judge's Office Space has become an anthem for all us Gen X cubicle slaves, Harold and Kumar will resonate deeply with anyone who attended high school in the 1990s and at least saw a joint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 29, 2004
A funny stoner buddy movie, with nods to those original multicultural high times guys, Cheech and Chong, and flashes of the kind of party-on comedy that Saturday Night Live slackers Wayne and Garth made most excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 28, 2004
Smart, goofy and endearing, Cho and Penn make a terrific team, and the fact that they're starring in their own movie suggests that, in the Hollywood comedy frat house, there's finally room for everyone.
July 28, 2004
[Harold and Kumar] share a quality the overgrown adolescents in films like this are never allowed to possess: They're witty, focused, and highly aware.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 27, 2004
Winds up a sweetly nonchalant and excellently unwhiny allegory of seeking and gaining entry to the Caucasian fortress that is present-day America, or at least nocturnal New Jersey.
July 26, 2004
... an instant stoner classic.
June 21, 2004
What could have just pushed the usual youth comedy buttons is instead a crafty spoof on issues from racial politics to American highway monoculture that belies its cover (and marketing) as only a dumb gross-out laffer.
June 21, 2004
A blissfully silly, character-driven road movie with impressive laugh-per-minute performance specs.