Old School Reviews

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Director Phillips confesses to frat membership in his youth, and even made a documentary on the subject. So why is this not funnier or more outrageous?
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 7, 2005
Only fitfully funny, except when Ferrell is onscreen -- then you won't stop laughing.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ed Park
Village Voice
February 25, 2003
A flatland of lowest-common- denominated retro-collegiate wackiness.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 24, 2003
This is a raucous frat-school comedy that's dopey, degrading and disgusting -- and consistently hilarious.
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
February 22, 2003
a nonstop gag machine, subscribing to that time-honored comedy philosophy, 'throw enough at the wall and something will stick'.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 22, 2003
An extremely funny and, of course, socially unredeemable comedy.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
February 22, 2003
This movie's enough to give you a big fat Greek dreading.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
February 22, 2003
This year's kinder, gentler Animal House.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
February 22, 2003
Unlike most of the lowbrow comedies in theaters these days, this one isn't quite a carp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 22, 2003
Not quite enough to justify giving this movie 91 minutes of your life, but as stupid gross-out comedies go, you could do worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 22, 2003
Has about a dozen funny moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 22, 2003
Old School has all the ingredients of an uproarious campus comedy, but it lacks a boisterous short-order cook who could whip up a food fight or three.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
February 22, 2003
There's no school like this Old School, and this one earns high marks for hilarity.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
February 22, 2003
An unkempt clearinghouse for cheap, throwaway laughs. For those who regard that as a recommendation, two words: Grow up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 22, 2003
Sloppily made, frustratingly inconsistent, purposely lowbrow, blatantly derivative and never once enlightening in even the slightest way, Old School is also undeniably howl-out-loud funny at times.
| Original Score: C+
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Ricardo Baca
Denver Post
February 21, 2003
This School is cool.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 21, 2003
Until it gives up on itself in the last 10 minutes, Old School, co-written by Scot Armstrong and director Todd Phillips, knows how to rock a party with naughtiness and intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 21, 2003
Old hat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
February 21, 2003
Old School has a clever title, a decent concept and a name-brand cast. But it never fulfills the potential of its story about guys in their 30s who form a frat so they can party again like teenagers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 21, 2003
Phillips has made a movie that should qualify as a date movie for guys who want to make sure their girlfriends understand just how immature they really are.
| Original Score: B-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
February 21, 2003
As funny as it is dumb, and that's saying something.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 20, 2003
This frat romp might be dumb, but you'll wet your Dockers anyway.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
February 20, 2003
[School's] like a half-empty glass of Coke that's been sitting out for a couple of days; sure, it looks like cola, but one sip tells you exactly what's missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
February 20, 2003
Old School scores points for its refreshing lack of cheap gross-out humor.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
February 20, 2003
It's no Animal House, but Old School is helped by a curious pathos for its thirtysomething boys.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
February 20, 2003
Ferrell makes acting like a moron seem like a natural and endearing byproduct of middle-class American befuddlement.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
February 20, 2003
Most mirth is as feeble and pointless as the plot, from the thin shock value of inappropriate cursing to a routine array of hedonistic hijinks.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
February 20, 2003
While not remotely original in content, Old School tries hard to have something for everyone and succeeds more often than not.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
February 20, 2003
The movie is never more than the sum of its scattershot jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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February 20, 2003
Old School doesn't even deserve to go to video and DVD. This film should go straight to landfill.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 20, 2003
Inept Animal House knockoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Melinda Ennis
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 20, 2003
Although a graduate of the Animal House school of tasteless, sophomoric humor, Old School gets docked many points due to its sloppy script and lame direction.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 20, 2003
Under Reitman's deanship, Ferrell lets his freak flag fly and Vaughn unlooses a notably funny, light-on-his-feet lunkheadedness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 20, 2003
In an era when a viewer is lucky to find one or two humorous moments during the course of a 90-minute so-called 'comedy,' Old School delivers with surprising effectiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
February 11, 2003
The cast's a kick.