Overwhelming dislike - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 11 out of 13
  1. 30
    A more kid-friendly version of "Dumb and Dumber." And there's even a moral: "Yahoo for education," though the movie doesn't really put any muscle behind it.
  2. Adam Sandler's creative songs and silly expressions on "Saturday Night Live" may have turned him into a celebrity, but this movie based solely on his antics doesn't work.
  3. 25
    Sandler mugs through a back-to-school daze. [13 February 1995, p.D1]
  4. By the end, you feel like a drill sergeant-you want to wipe that stupid grin off Sandler's face.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    The film should have featured more absurd and nonsensical elements. Certainly the plot is ridiculous, and so completely illogical that to see it fall by the wayside in favor of some inspired lunacy would not have been a loss.
  6. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    Okay, a couple of sniggers sneak out, but on the whole the effect is stone cold.
  7. Director Tamra Davis and screenwriters Sandler and Tim Herlihy scatter the bad jokes like fertilizer. Nothing sprouts.
  8. Reviewed by: Christopher Harris
    Billy Madison is so singularly stupid that "Dumb and Dumber" looks (almost) like a beacon of braininess and taste in comparison.
  9. Reviewed by: Joey O'Bryan
    A sorry excuse for a movie, and director Davis (CB4, Guncrazy) and star Sandler should be very embarrassed.
  10. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    One of the most execrable movies ever made. [6 March 1995, p.100]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 176 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 61
  2. Negative: 5 out of 61
  1. NoBody
    Jul 1, 2008
    It's a travesty this movie is in the bottom 100.
  2. Oct 20, 2013
    16?! Billy Masison, one of the top five funniest movies I ever saw in my life has a critic score of 16? That is just flat out wrong. This movie is legend! There are so many scenes that burn themselves into your memory and never leave; O'Doyal rules, the beetroot faced angry bus-driver ("That'd end your precious field trip real quick!"), a psychotic Steve Busemi, the brain-hemorrhaging clown, "Hey you want to feed that donkey some beer and get it all messed up?", "He called the s**t poop!"... The list could go on and on. Absolutely legend! Full Review »
  3. Apr 29, 2011
    The movie wasn't witty but one crucial thing saved this movie, it's absolutely FANTASTIC humour. Every 5 minutes, I just couldn't help but laugh. Don't listen to the critics. All they want is some drama. WATCH THIS MOVIE! Full Review »