Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  1. 75
    It is not inspired, but it's cheerful and hard-working and sometimes funny, and--here's the important thing--it's not mean.
  2. A lively, disposable hybrid of the sincere and the synthetic.
  3. 70
    Alternately sweet and raucous comedy.
  4. In addition to being extremely funny, the film has a warm spirit and respect for the characters.
  5. Among this year's bumper crop of shallow teen-age movies, it is the shallowest and the most prurient.
  6. Unusual in its ability to mix bodily functions humor with a sincere and unlooked-for sense of decency.
  7. 50
    A go-for-the-lowest-common-denominator grab bag of raunchy sex gags and freakish outbursts. The cool thing is that it works.
  8. 75
    Guaranteed to beguile anyone who can remember the joy -- and agony -- of anticipating the first time.
  9. Another giggly gross-out comedy for teenagers.
  10. The story was primitive, the characters unmemorable, the direction unsophisticated, the writing cliched, the photography and music drab, the pacing uneven, the acting varying from adroitly funny to exaggerated.
  11. The successful bits, along with an amiable cast of losers and their prom-night prey, make American Pie a winner.
  12. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Cheesy homage to a level of horniness Austin Powers could only imagine will be a dream movie for many a teenage boy.
  13. 67
    Distinct from others of its lowly stripe because of the credibly real-feeling performances by much of its youthful ensemble.
  14. Exceptionally funny, unexpectedly tender, and lewder than a teenage boy's dreams.
  15. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    The presence of "Election's" Chris Klein as the male contingent's most sensitive member only emphasizes how much smarter that high school comedy was.
  16. Vulgar and lewd and raunchy like you wouldn't believe, and absolutely hilarious from beginning to end.
  17. 80
    Pie has some nice surprises and is enjoyable in a smutty, sitcom way. It offers up the outrageousness of "There's Something About Mary" without wallowing in cruelty.
  18. 40
    Returns the teen movie to the uncomplicated glory days of "Porky's" and "Losin' It."
  19. A limp excuse for a coming-of-age flick, more interested in sexploits than sex, more adept at gross-out than girls.
  20. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    The fact that isolated bits are amusing shouldn't keep us from strongly noting that this movie really is pretty awful -- not at all worthy of guilty pleasure status.
  21. 38
    An uninteresting take on a tired formula that is only occasionally funny and usually pretty gross.
  22. 60
    The movie lover in you will recoil; your inner sophomore will rejoice.
  23. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    What really makes the film fall dead (although the preview audience I saw it with howled from beginning to end) are the actors and the way the characters have been scripted.
  24. I'd appreciate toilet humor more if it weren't so often so unimaginative.
  25. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    Both funny and foul, alternately frank and full of it.
  26. Reviewed by: Jim Sullivan
    Gross and tasteless...this high-school romp mixes the gross and tasteless with sentimental mush.
  27. Reviewed by: Glenn Gaslin
    It's painful, it's real, and it's probably the funniest thing you'll see this year...a teen sexploitation classic.
  28. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    A surprisingly earnest and cautionary movie, careful to attract female viewers and not freak parents out too badly.
  29. Reviewed by: M. Meghan McCarthy
    What is refreshing about this film is that most of the characters seem like real people.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 136 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. Nov 7, 2012
    Pie tells the tale of high school seniors searching for sex, love, and acceptance in the world. Yes, the film is raunchy and crude, but it is also hilarious from start to finish, and has a warm spirit and well developed characters. Full Review »
  2. Mar 31, 2012
    American Pie is no teen movie we haven't seen before, but its strong performances, huge amounts of heart, lovable characters, and plenty of laughs ;American Pie is a solid and memorable comedy. I give this movie 86%. Full Review »
  3. Feb 22, 2013
    The original American Pie is certainly a classic comedy on the must see list, but it's not the best of the seven American Pie inspired films. Personally, I preferred the second one too the first, as everyone was much more relaxed and knew each other, making the movie flow better. Don't get me wrong, this one certainly had it's funny moments, but in my estimation it wasn't as good as the second one. Jason Biggs Alyson Hannigan are hilarious, but for all they bring to the table, bad actors like Eddie Kay Thomas and Chris Klein take away, making the good performances moot. American Pie is a classic teen comedy about sex and it ushered in a new era in comedy that's still relevant today. It has the raunchy, crazy, good looking youth we see in today's comedy, but unfortunately also has some really lame jokes and bad acting, that thankful went out with the nineties. Full Review »