Metascore
34

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 21
  2. Negative: 10 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Mar 6, 2013
    50
    Lucas and Moore aren’t savvy enough, or brave enough, to truly plumb the gallows humor embedded in their premise.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Mar 2, 2013
    40
    Neither as subversively fun as last year’s megadestructive "Project X," nor as creative as "The Hangover" (on which these codirectors broke through as screenwriters), this further installment in the millennials-acting-badly genre serves as a distinctly average placeholder.
  3. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Mar 2, 2013
    40
    In the end, 21 and Over is more exhausting — and exhausted — than funny or wild.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicole Herrington
    Mar 1, 2013
    20
    The movie’s humor — at the expense of Asians, Latinas and even Serbs — comes off just as tone deaf and random as Seth MacFarlane’s Oscar-night shenanigans.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Mar 1, 2013
    38
    Among the ingredients “21” is missing: the infectiously random silliness of a Zach Galifianakis, the smug hunkiness of a Bradley Cooper, and any sort of Vegas-y gloss whatsoever.
  6. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Mar 1, 2013
    25
    For a movie that tries to create and sustain a sensation of wild unpredictability, it's a huge failure. It's not shocking if we've all seen it a thousand times before. With 21 and Over, it's all been there, drank that.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 1, 2013
    20
    How ironic (depressing? predictable?) that the week after we celebrate the best in movies, we are force-fed its very worst. 21 & Over is filmmaking by formula, and evidence of Hollywood’s assumption that appealing to viewers’ basest instincts will always pay off.
  8. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Feb 28, 2013
    40
    The movie rambles in a way that dilutes any possibility of edgy discomfort. Lucas and Moore have good control over the timing within the gags; it's the spaces between them that stretch out awkwardly. You can't hate 21 & Over, and you can't laugh at it. The most you can do is just pity it for not being as outrageous as it thinks it is.
  9. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Feb 28, 2013
    12
    Just because your comedy is dumb doesn’t mean it’s funny.
  10. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Feb 28, 2013
    50
    Certainty, then, is the watchword, and you can be certain of three things: There will be plenty of juvenile energy to power the vehicle; there will be a few mild chuckles en route; there will be no reason to remember the ride the instant it ends.
  11. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Feb 28, 2013
    38
    This is one of those 93-minute movies that seem about 88 minutes too long. Or not worth making in the first place.
  12. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Feb 28, 2013
    75
    21 and Over remains enjoyable for what it is and all it cares to be, which is nothing any respectable movie critic should recommend, and I'm down with that.
  13. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Feb 28, 2013
    60
    This paean to youthful irresponsibility applies the right crude and rude 'tude to its bulging sack of gags to have the desired effect on its target audience.
  14. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Feb 28, 2013
    38
    Despite its collegiate setting, 21 and Over is pretty much for people with an IQ of 21 and under.
  15. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Feb 28, 2013
    0
    This is a movie that celebrates selfishness, stupidity and the mean-spirited insensitivity that goes along with it. We're better than this, America.
  16. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Feb 28, 2013
    75
    Writer-directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore find a nice balance between the over-the-top high jinks and an emotional core, which unexpectedly crystallizes relatively late in the movie.
  17. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Feb 28, 2013
    25
    Yes, surely for them, the lucky few and probable many, 21 and Over will be the Best Movie Ever. For the rest of us, though, it’s something of a chore.
  18. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Feb 28, 2013
    60
    Promising crude straight-boy humor, but delivering sensitive buddy moments and tons of male nudity, this by-the-numbers gut-buster looks slick, moves fast and packs enough laughs to enliven spring-break receipts and earn its helmers more work.
  19. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Feb 28, 2013
    42
    21 & Over seems particularly redundant, since a film already exists that’s exactly like "The Hangover," only not as good: It was called "The Hangover Part II." 21 & Over is so slavish in imitating its screenwriters’ big claim to fame that it even ends by teasing a sequel, to which the only sane response is a polite but firm, “Thank you, no.”
  20. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Feb 28, 2013
    12
    By the dictates of the boys-will-be-boys party genre, 21 and Over is so tame that it barely manages to even be offensive.
  21. 63
    The bottom-line on this bottom-baring/bottom-branding farce is “Is it funny, on top of all the shocks?” And yes, it is. On a number of few occasions, all of them involving Jeff Chang.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 8 out of 26
  1. Mar 17, 2013
    10
    epic
  2. Aug 23, 2013
    6
    21 & over has only bad thing. It hasn't got many laughs as the trailer promises. Despite that, it's a good comedy with a really good concept (which reminded me a lot ''Hangover'') and a really good cast. It seems a little like a copy of The Hangover but it surely isn't so funny. You will enjoy it and I think if you like Old school, Superbad and Hangover you will like that movie. It's a comedy that will be similar to other comedies. **It is better than Project X** I rate it with 6,5/10 Full Review »
  3. Jul 24, 2013
    9
    Fans of The Hangover and Superbad will be right at home here with this hilarious 'coming-of-age' Comedy that might be pretty similar to those other ones out there, but at the end of the day they are highly entertaining and nothing but fun to watch when you are with mates. The characters are likable and its a well-written storyline despite being a little on the predictable side. All up though an entertaining film that should appeal to the teens and as long as not taken seriously you'll enjoy it. Full Review »