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School for Scoundrels Reviews

February 22, 2007
It's the stuff of simple comedy, but as frat-flicks go it's a return to form for director Todd Phillips.
October 2, 2006
Things get increasingly dopey in the final act, leading to an incredibly stupid ending, but I have to admit I laughed just enough to recommend School for Scoundrels.
September 30, 2006
You want it to be over long before the needless epilogue that fills you in on how all these freaks turned out.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
September 29, 2006
It feels as if director Phillips was scrounging desperately for morsels with comic potential and came up empty-handed.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 29, 2006
School for Scoundrels is an exercise in advanced comedic embalming.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 29, 2006
While the film is demeaned by sight gags aimed at teenage boys, it has a smart center and delightful performances from Heder and Thornton.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2006
It would require a near-lethal injection of nitrous oxide to induce laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 29, 2006
Despite the appeal of cobra-eyed Thornton and bunny-nosed Heder, Scoundrels trips early, and often.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 29, 2006
School for Scoundrels is a simply written, perfectly cast, sneaky-edgy, stab-yourself-in-the-leg-with-a-pen laugh riot.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 29, 2006
This time the pace is so weak that long periods go by without even the whiff of a joke.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 29, 2006
Heder's looks and mannerisms are so inherently geeky that the post-transformation Roger appears to be less a lion with a hearty roar than a dork with delusions of grandeur.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 29, 2006
Phillips' version does add one tantalizing twist as Thornton singles out his best student (Heder, of course) and takes him on mano a mano, but it seems like an awful lot of trouble to win over such an uninteresting love interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 29, 2006
What's almost refreshing about Phillips' approach to comedy... is that he and co-writer Scot Armstrong like the classically unfettered fun of a silly bit played to the hilt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 29, 2006
Nice guys and creeps make it to the finish line, though I won't say how they place. But I will divulge this: The movie's a loser.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 29, 2006
Is it a black comedy that isn't dark enough? Or a dumb comedy that isn't stupid enough, or a gross-out comedy that isn't yucky enough? Or is it really just a romance comedy that isn't sweet enough?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 29, 2006
There's too much familiarity in School for Scoundrels for it to be break-out funny. There are chuckles, sure, but they're chuckles you've had before.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 29, 2006
Todd Phillips is swiftly becoming the go-to guy for comedy that's a lot smarter than it looks or probably needs to be.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2006
Cruelty, of course, can be a valid basis for comedy, and comedies also can survive a lot of mistakes. Falling flat, however, isn't one of them.
Read More | Original Score: C-
September 29, 2006
Guys are guys in Todd Phillips movies, for better or worse, but almost always for the purposes of arriving somewhere in the same ZIP code as the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2006
It achieves something previously thought impossible: It renders Billy Bob Thornton unfunny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 29, 2006
There are a few amusing shticks, but School for Scoundrels fails to make the grade.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 29, 2006
The film stalls out when it should shift into high gear.
Read More | Original Score: C+
September 29, 2006
School for Scoundrels feels like a wasted opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 28, 2006
Billy Bob Thornton's estimable talents are squandered in this shoddy comedy directed by Todd Phillips (Old School).
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 28, 2006
Lame and formulaic.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 28, 2006
The movie is bereft of any real focus or provocative ideas, which is a surprising result from [director] Phillips, the maker of Road Trip and Old School.
September 28, 2006
Director Todd Phillips has become Hollywood's go-to guy for collegiate humor, and though this isn't as funny as his Road Trip or Old School, there are some choice sequences of the devious Thornton schooling his milquetoast students.
September 28, 2006
This ultimately disappointing comedy starts reasonably strong, delivers a few good laughs, then rolls over and plays dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 28, 2006
A battering ram of rude encounters that aspires to be a romantic comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 28, 2006
Phillips' theory of comedy mainly consists of: When in doubt, make someone strip down to his underwear.
Read More | Original Score: C
September 28, 2006
While the supporting players are a pleasure - especially backup doofuses David Cross and Todd Louiso -- Heder should probably have been among them.
September 27, 2006
Director Todd Phillips tries for the kind of frat slaphappiness he applied so successfully to Old School, but these boys are less scoundrels than individual salesmen for the brands of Heder and Thornton.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 26, 2006
Ultimately, School for Scoundrels earns a failing grade.
September 26, 2006
The movie wouldn't work without someone as nondescript as Heder, because you can buy him as a do-nothing, go-nowhere man; he's perfectly, wonderfully forgettable, appropriate for a movie like this.
September 25, 2006
Phillips is here to stay. And the whacked humor and sneaky substance of School for Scoundrels is another compelling reason why.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 25, 2006
A mean-spirited yet mushy comedy that deserves to be left back.
September 21, 2006
This unfunny comedy, a loose remake of a 1960s British romp, can't decide whether Billy Bob Thonrton's "teacher" is a hero or villain and thus every scene negates the previous one in tone and morale until the movie literally self-destructs at the end
Read More | Original Score: 1/4