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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
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.
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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.
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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.
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
January 4, 2008
This is the funniest picture since Borat, and more emotionally nuanced than you would expect.
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Ben Walters
Time Out
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
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 25, 2007
A critical mass of these kinds of flicks argues for a new subgenre: "nerdsploitation."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 17, 2007
A four-letter raunch-a-rama with a heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 17, 2007
An avalanche of d--- jokes and strenuous slapstick.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 17, 2007
This hormonal answer to Reefer Madness is good, wacked-out fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 17, 2007
As coarse as the movie gets, there is always an undertone of sweetness to accompany the toilet humor.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 17, 2007
Horny is as horny does in the sweetly absurd high school comedy Superbad.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 17, 2007
A crazed odyssey of booze, lust, thwarted sex and undying friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 16, 2007
Superbad has raunchy charm, a fair amount of heart and a couple of nice performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 16, 2007
The variety of complications thrown at the three pubescent heroes raises this a cut above most raunchy comedies.
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
August 16, 2007
What's most memorable, most striking about Superbad is the canny evocation of male friendship in all its richness and complexity.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
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.
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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
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
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
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 16, 2007
What is required is a sense of humor. Bring that to the theater with you and you won't be disappointed.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 16, 2007
Superbad might be the most provocative teen sex comedy ever made; it is certainly one of the most convulsively funny.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 16, 2007
...there are some classic scenes and the cast is hilarious.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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.
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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+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 16, 2007
The unrelenting Judd Apatow stamp on movie comedy continues with Superbad, which is recognizably in the same hilariously vulgar vein.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Linda Stasi
New York Post
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 14, 2007
The movie is frequently amusing and occasionally uproarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
August 14, 2007
As a Revenge of the Nerds redux, Superbad isn't perfect. But it's super close.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 14, 2007
We'll just say that McLovin turns out to be the baddest mutha by far.
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David Denby
New Yorker
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 9, 2007
It's very honest and frank, and... smart about kids of a certain age.
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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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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
August 7, 2007
The bawdy jokes score big points, but it's the rueful acknowledgement of adolescent embarrassment and humiliation that most distinguishes Superbad.