Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
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  1. It's one of the few genuinely funny comedies in a dismal movie summer.
  2. If you can lighten up for an hour and a half, the film delivers one good laugh after another.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    70
    Sweetly amusing, gently anarchic and never mean-spirited.
  4. Accepted's winning dumbness and breezy bons mots save it from the pit.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Low of brow and pure of heart, the movie plays like "Animal House" extra-lite, and as such it's decent indecent fun.
  6. After a very funny start, there just isn't enough content to fill the feature-length curriculum.
  7. 60
    An absurd little trifle, but it does have a kind of buoyant, punky energy.
  8. 60
    How much you join in will depend on how big a fan you are of the collegiate comedy formula, how many times you've seen "Animal House" and "Caddyshack," and how much you hate Long in those smarmy Mac commercials.
  9. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    50
    Accepted is an inspired premise in search of a movie: What starts out as a scabrous takedown of academic bureaucracy ends up yet another modestly rousing underdog story about the little slacker that could.
  10. 50
    The ideal viewer of Accepted probably won't have seen any college comedies before. Or any slobs-vs.-snobs movies like "Caddyshack." For those who have, it's kind of a snore.
  11. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    50
    One could argue that you shouldn't expect a teen comedy to offer a nuanced depiction of the role of education in public life, but in response I'd refer you to "Election" and "Clueless."
  12. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    50
    Accepted will make for a passable alternative to sold-out shows of "Snakes on a Plane," but it's a disappointing debut for the director Steve Pink.
  13. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Mostly, it wallows in partying with a capital P.
  14. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    50
    A mildly funny PG-13 effort that is just dying to release an R- or unrated DVD version of itself. That way all the pool party sequences can lay off the false modesty.
  15. Like its underachieving protagonist, Steve Pink's teen comedy Accepted flashes just enough charm to get by but is too lazy to really make anything of itself.
  16. 50
    Even if you're willing to overlook the preposterous plot holes in its premise, Accepted pushes its luck in its final half-hour.
  17. Paradoxically fast-talking and laid back, Long's Bartleby appears to be the illegitimate child of Groucho Marx and Ferris Bueller, one whose schemes are far more impressive than his deeds.
  18. While I have no problem with slackers making me laugh, when they start preaching, that's when my ears close and my eyes roll.
  19. The humour in Accepted is maddeningly safe.
  20. 50
    If all this were anarchically funny, its shambling idiocy could be forgiven.
  21. Has neither the raucous energy and impudence of "Animal House," the defiance of "If ...," nor the grace and wit of "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle."
  22. Reviewed by: Adriane Quinlan
    40
    Take the cast of 1978's "Animal House" and 1984's "Revenge of the Nerds," toss them on a desert island, watch them breed and enroll their raucous, kvetching offspring at a college for rejects. A fluffy teen comedy, Accepted gets annoying fast.
  23. Reviewed by: Simon Braund
    40
    Mildly amusing at best and a criminal waste of a great concept.
  24. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    30
    Go right ahead and skip this one at the Cineplex. You've got my word: It won't be on the final.
  25. Reviewed by: Brian Clark
    20
    It's an obvious nod to "Rock 'n' Roll High School" that mostly serves as a grim reminder of how far comedies about the education system have fallen.
  26. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    12
    A campus comedy that's as dull as bong water, Accepted is like the product of a community college filmmaking class, remedial division.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 103 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. May 28, 2013
    1
    Typical brain-dead comedy perfectly suited for anyone currently failing college or regretting the fact that they never attended. Cliche inTypical brain-dead comedy perfectly suited for anyone currently failing college or regretting the fact that they never attended. Cliche in almost every regard, with a horrible leading actor, and a boring "rebellious young teen vs. old white men" philosophy that seals its place in the worst of the worst. Full Review »
  2. Andrew
    Sep 1, 2006
    10
    This movie was hilarious. I though it would mostly be funny for Lewis Black, but it was funny everywhere else.
  3. May 25, 2014
    6
    Accepted was one of the only movies i had to watch for a couple months back in 07 so i have watched it plenty of times and even though theAccepted was one of the only movies i had to watch for a couple months back in 07 so i have watched it plenty of times and even though the comedy isnt that great i still enjoy this movie a lot even to this day i still laugh and have a good time watching it. I know people dont like Justin Long but i dont think he is all that bad at least thats me. The Concept was nice and it was good that they put a little heart into it maybe if they had put a little more it could have been a good movie rather then a average one. Lewis Black was Lewis Black so he was the best part of the movie every thing he said had me cracking up he is just so hilarious.

    Overall i give it 6.5 "Ask Me About My Wiener!!"
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