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Superbad Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 16, 2007
Like Knocked Up, this is a comedy they don't know how to end. The energy flags as it overstays its welcome.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 8, 2007
It does contain some funny moments and even a few, really funny moments, but overall I didn't find it to be nearly so good as it has been built up to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
April 10, 2008
Raunchy enough, but it lacks some of the subtle wit and verbal sophistication that has always distinguished Apatow's finest comedies.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 17, 2007
There's no denying it's pretty funny, although you may hate yourself for laughing.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 14, 2007
The film proves only that a Hollywood fixated on the slapstick potential of teenage growing pains is finding it harder than ever to say, "Bye, bye, American Pie".
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
September 14, 2007
The observation of their insecurity and antagonism is very accurate; my problem is that it's not all that funny.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 16, 2007
This is why Hollywood mostly sucks: Corporate movies are getting made from scripts written by 13-year-olds who went on to drop out of high school.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 17, 2007
[I] found the slapstick jokes silly but not funny; that the girls were just used as ciphers, representing temptation for the fellas; and that it ends with a gooey finish that fails to make the comedy as relevant as it seems to think it is.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 17, 2007
I wanted to find this as funny as audiences did. But it mostly made me understand the case for staying a virgin until you're 40.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 17, 2007
An avalanche of d--- jokes and strenuous slapstick.
August 18, 2007
Superbad... sometimes a title says all you need to know.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean O'Connell
August 16, 2007
Clumsily falters when its leads are separated, but sparkles when vulgar Hill, deadpan Cera, and spastic Mintz-Plasse playfully improvise together.
| Original Score: 3/5
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor
August 16, 2007
A lot of wit and inventiveness went into this production -- too bad it couldn't have been used constructively.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Angela Baldassarre
August 17, 2007
I can't get over the misogynist undertones of yet another teenage sex comedy despite the presence of some very funny scenes.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
August 17, 2007
...this is one long dirty joke. In fact, at nearly two hours, it's a very long dirty joke. If only it was funny.
| Original Score: 1/4
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
January 12, 2008
Maybe I would have been better off seeing Superbad before it became an instant cult classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 43/100
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
August 16, 2007
Superbad falls short of teen classic status. What a super-shame.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
August 16, 2007
Seth (Jonah Hill) can only express a sexually aggressive form of hatred toward women. There's a word for that: misogyny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
September 22, 2007
It's misogynistic, homophobic and only occasionally funny.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
August 8, 2007
Like American Graffiti and Dazed and Confused, the film all takes place during a single day and night. But it doesn't have the smarts or the depths of those ensemble comedies.
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