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Old School Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 7, 2003
Call it Animal House, call it Revenge of the Nerds, call it PCU -- you've seen this movie many times before.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
February 17, 2003
between the scenes of binge drinking, naked women, blow-up dolls and streaking, "Old School's" sophomoric characters suddenly grow up, and one cannot help but be distracted by their real life alter-egos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 24, 2003
...if you're the kind of person who's disinclined to see movies like this, well, you needn't make an exception for this one, though it is at least better than the typical sub-Animal House fraternity sex comedy
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 21, 2003
This is not a funny movie, although it has a few good scenes and some nice work by Ferrell as an apparently compulsive nudist.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 22, 2003
If college life is this dull, why would these guys want to go back?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
October 7, 2003
It's insipid, and Will Ferrell streaks through it naked. No, it's not an SNL skit... it's the latest college frat film, and it's marginally ok at best.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Scott Weinberg
Movie Insider
February 22, 2003
You could film the cast of this movie in a LIBRARY for 90 minutes and I guarantee it'd be funnier than what's on display here.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Kit Bowen
February 21, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
September 14, 2003
Not exactly a time-travel fantasy, but definitely inhabited by spaced-out, anachronistic characters, Old School is about a trio of 30-something buds who yearn to go back to the past in order to avoid the present.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
Subplots fizzle out and plausibility dwindles (a thirtysomething college dean?), but at least there are no de rigueur fart, burp or scatological jokes.
Frank Ochieng
February 22, 2003
Annoyingly familiar and empty in its hedonistic heavy-handedness, Old School is as shrewdly shocking and vibrant as spending time in detention with a throbbing headache.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
January 30, 2005
The recess bell should have rung immediately into the first period of this frothy yet flat and insufferable scholastic satire.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 6, 2010
Flawed, cliché, contrived, and poorly developed...
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
February 19, 2003
Old School revels in its raunchiness as it strives to be a 21st century Animal House. Unfortunately, the shadow of that timeless classic weighs heavily upon this uneven comic venture.
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Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
March 7, 2003
The movie apparently was written under the influence of ephedra - it's thin and occasionally toxic, creating a sort of cinematic wasting, which amounts to nothing on-screen.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 18, 2003
Will Ferrell is as funny as ever here, but this 'don't-act-your-age' comedy would be almost a total disaster without him.
Rob Blackwelder
February 19, 2003
...goes so far beyond hackneyed, laughless, tiresome incompetence that it may be one of the most unwatchable movies I've seen in 11 years as a film critic.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 19, 2003
Luke Wilson is a charmer, as always, but his doormat of a dork [can't] carry even this slight tale.
Erik Childress
February 20, 2003
Old School is testament that even the greatest improvisers in the world should be avoiding directors such as Todd Phillips like the clap.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Susan Granger
January 24, 2005
Enroll at your own risk.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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