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Mallrats Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The fatal flaw in plotting the material is that we don't care.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Despite a broad range of effective comedy and a decent laugh-per-minute ratio, Mallrats is likely to be a moderate disappointment for anyone who guffawed their way through the previous film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
It's second not only in sequence, but a distant also-ran in quality, too.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 22, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Between the routines and retorts, there's a lot of narrative dead air -- and far too many new guests.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
How did Kevin Smith gain any fan base? This clunker made a bundle.
| Original Score: 1/5
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 1/4
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
September 29, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
April 4, 2003
Kevin Smith's weakest film, and a guilty pleasure among his fans, but a movie that I found to be very rhythmless and flat.
| Original Score: 2/5
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
A complete misfire.
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
Misfired attempt at GenX comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
There are some funny bits of business along the way, but they are invariably undercut by uneven performances, gags that fall flat and a mean-spirited tone. In the end, this one leaves an extremely sour aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
If the Sundance Institute or the AFI ever offers a course advising directors of successful first films what to avoid the second time around, Mallrats could be at the heart of the curriculum.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mallrats mixes clever bits and an appealing quirkiness (which goes a long way) with gross-out practical jokes, needless repetition and obvious padding, since it has no real plot.
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
Movie Poop Shoot
January 13, 2004
Sophomoric silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Emanuel Levy
December 27, 2006
Ragged, messy, and flat, this is Kevin Smith's sophomore jinx; coming right after Clerks, it was a huge artistic and commercial flop
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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USA Today
January 1, 2000
Smith has slicked up his follow-up vision of Slackerville USA, but the outcome is nowhere near as brash and original.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Alex Orner
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Typical Kevin Smith fare; not suitable for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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