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Role Models Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 6, 2008
The movie never dips into crass or puerile territory, but it never offers up anything inspired, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 5, 2008
As funny as some bits are, the best you can say about Role Models is that it's imitation Apatow. It lacks the master's crude touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
November 6, 2008
While Role Models can boast the occasionally funny joke, there's little else to recommend this derivative buddy film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 7, 2008
Filth and sentimentality -- the yin- yang combo of current guy comedy -- entwine in Role Models with the naughty bits overpowering the funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 7, 2008
Something bizarre starts to happen around the halfway mark, perhaps because no one knew how to develop the original premise.
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Daniel Getahun
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2008
Although it delivers a consistent dose of chuckles, you can't help but wonder if Role Models falls short of its potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kam Williams
November 9, 2008
An irresponsible frittering away of the cinematic capital amassed by Stiffler, McLovin and other beloved icons of the teen genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
January 9, 2009
Like so many of Hollywood's youth oriented comedies, this is like a mound of dog turd flavoured with honey; the crass vulgarities are sweetened by add-on humanity. But just like dog turd with honey on it, the mess is unappetising
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
January 16, 2009
There are some very serious issues here about absent fathers and the lack of positive role models for young males, but they're just a cynical hook for a film full of homophobic, misogynist humour.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
November 7, 2008
As far as raunchy comedies go, I would rank this under "eh.."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
November 9, 2008
I've been in the Kiss Army since first hearing 'Destroyer' at age 13, and I can safely say that, Mr. Wain, you've gone too far.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 6, 2008
Like its main characters, the movie is simply stuck on stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
November 7, 2008
...fitful laughs...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
November 1, 2008
The film's by-committee script is to blame for a cringe-worthy movie that could have worked much better had the younger characters been just a few years older.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 6, 2008
In this brand of comedy, nothing succeeds like excess, and this film is seriously deficient.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 6, 2008
[The] usual Frankensteinien assemblage of tittering about bodily fluids, casual homophobia, random emotionless sex acts, and other such expressions of apparently unoutgrowable male adolescent anxiety that passes for American comedy these days.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 7, 2008
Role Models pours sugar and cream on everything and turns it to mush.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Charity
July 6, 2010
Rudd and Scott aren't stretching any new muscles, but Rudd's glum disaffection and Scott's bozo bonhomie do gel with a satisfying stickiness. They handle the gaping innuendo with such delicacy we know that they know they're better than this.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 9, 2010
A typically underwhelming post-Apatow comedy...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
November 9, 2008
works well enough for fans of blue humor, but doesn't have enough heart to make the film into a triumph of the genre.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012

Irish Times
January 9, 2009
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