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August 3, 2013
Superbad is a movie about partying and getting wasted and getting the girl, but as the night wears on, much wisdom is gained too, about self, friendship and the end of teenage innocence in all its wondrous, terrifying splendor.
October 18, 2008
What makes the film so appealing is the disconnect between what comes from the mouths of these hormone-addled pups and what's going on in their heads, where they're still clinging desperately to the innocence they're leaving behind.
September 22, 2008
[Cera] has some of the best comic timing of anyone working in film today, a precocious sense of the awkward pauses and misread cues in which social panic resides.
January 4, 2008
This is the funniest picture since Borat, and more emotionally nuanced than you would expect.
September 14, 2007
'Superbad' at its best goes right through knockabout to land in deliciously obscene places - notably a staggering succession of doodles in which tumescent cocks take on various extraordinary guises.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 25, 2007
A critical mass of these kinds of flicks argues for a new subgenre: "nerdsploitation."
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 18, 2007
Even though it takes the low road, this guided tour of Loserville offers as many belly laughs as Knocked Up -- and that's saying a lot.
August 17, 2007
Superbad is a funny, boozy, ramshackle party, but it's more likely to leave audiences with a tingly afterglow than a pounding hangover.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 17, 2007
A four-letter raunch-a-rama with a heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 17, 2007
Contains laughs galore, so many that the last one may get in the way of next one coming. But it's also got moments where you may want to cover your eyes to shield yourself from the sheer, wince-inducing familiarity of the behaviour on display.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 17, 2007
An avalanche of d--- jokes and strenuous slapstick.
August 17, 2007
For pure laughs, for the experience of just sitting in a chair and breaking up every minute or so, Superbad is 2007's most successful comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 17, 2007
This hormonal answer to Reefer Madness is good, wacked-out fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 17, 2007
As coarse as the movie gets, there is always an undertone of sweetness to accompany the toilet humor.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 17, 2007
Even this middle-age hausfrau can appreciate the zonkered comic force behind Superbad, whose rambling plot and profane bull sessions reminded me of Danny Leiner's Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 17, 2007
The writers shoot often and copiously, and they're obviously in love with their ability. Now, if they could just get some sort of focused, confident rhythm going, they might make things more satisfying for the audience as well.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
August 17, 2007
Horny is as horny does in the sweetly absurd high school comedy Superbad.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 17, 2007
A crazed odyssey of booze, lust, thwarted sex and undying friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 16, 2007
Superbad has raunchy charm, a fair amount of heart and a couple of nice performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 16, 2007
The variety of complications thrown at the three pubescent heroes raises this a cut above most raunchy comedies.
August 16, 2007
What's most memorable, most striking about Superbad is the canny evocation of male friendship in all its richness and complexity.
August 16, 2007
Humiliation, fear and occasional elation are the dominant emotions for these bumbling but oddly likable young men. Side-splitting laughter, along with some powerful cringing, are likely to be audiences' dominant reactions.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 16, 2007
The movie doesn't need any superfluous redeeming qualities: Its pleasures and charms lie in its very crudeness, in the way the characters' thoughts begin in their dicks and spill out of their mouths, completely bypassing their brains.
August 16, 2007
It's Michael Cera (heretofore best known as Jason Bateman's son on Arrested Development) whose comic timing quietly steals the show.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 16, 2007
If you liked the raunchy dude conversations in 40-Year-Old Virgin, you'll think Superbad is the Lawrence of !@#$ Arabia of raunchy (adolescent) dude conversations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 16, 2007
I hope it's not damning the movie with the wrong kind of praise to say that for a film so deliriously smutty, Superbad is supercute.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 16, 2007
What is required is a sense of humor. Bring that to the theater with you and you won't be disappointed.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 16, 2007
Superbad maintains that delicate balance of sweetness, empathy and vulgar comedy. It's so packed with irreverent lowbrow wit that you scarcely notice how it quietly shifts from gross-out jokes to adult themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 16, 2007
Superbad might be the most provocative teen sex comedy ever made; it is certainly one of the most convulsively funny.
August 16, 2007
...there are some classic scenes and the cast is hilarious.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 16, 2007
The comic peaks of Superbad deal in specific characters rather than easily pegged stereotypes. Their most outlandish verbal riffs -- none of which can be quoted -- give the edgiest stuff in Knocked Up a run for its money.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 16, 2007
Greg Mottola executes Superbad with his characteristically light touch, even if it's used in the service of filthy sight gags, endless profanity and an inordinate obsession with bodily fluids.
August 16, 2007
Superbad falls short of teen classic status. What a super-shame.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 16, 2007
The unrelenting Judd Apatow stamp on movie comedy continues with Superbad, which is recognizably in the same hilariously vulgar vein.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 16, 2007
This is pure 'situation comedy' in which the humor and the poignancy emerge from the situations rather than being imposed upon your senses. The bar for teen sex comedies in America has finally been raised -- and not a moment too soon.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 16, 2007
Super-vulgar, ridiculously sophomoric, horribly nasty and so hilarious you'll probably squirt Diet Coke out of your nose within the first 20 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 15, 2007
Superbad is cute if you like guys who aren't even remotely bad, in a coming-of-age tale so old-fashioned the girls might just as well be wearing bloomers.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 14, 2007
The movie is frequently amusing and occasionally uproarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 14, 2007
As a Revenge of the Nerds redux, Superbad isn't perfect. But it's super close.
August 14, 2007
We'll just say that McLovin turns out to be the baddest mutha by far.
August 13, 2007
The movie succeeds as a teen's wild fantasy of a night in which everything goes wrong, revised by an adult's melancholy sense that nothing was ever meant to go right.
August 9, 2007
It's very honest and frank, and... smart about kids of a certain age.
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.
August 8, 2007
It helps that the fun doesn't stop. It helps even more that the pitch-perfect script doesn't step out of character for a joke.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 7, 2007
The bawdy jokes score big points, but it's the rueful acknowledgement of adolescent embarrassment and humiliation that most distinguishes Superbad.