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16

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  • Summary: Billy Madison (Sandler) is the heir to the Madison Hotel millions but in order to win his father's respect, and his Fortune 500 company, grown-up goof-off Billy must repeat all 12 grades of school ' in just 24 weeks. (Universal)
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 11 out of 13
  1. It succeeds as a reasonably smart no-brainer. If you've ever had a yen to relive the third grade, this must be the next best thing.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    There are a few bursts of sheer, irresistible idiocy -- along the lines of "Wayne's World" or even "Pee-wee's Big Adventure"-- but not enough to sustain the more arid stretches.
  3. 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.
  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)
    20
    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
    20
    Okay, a couple of sniggers sneak out, but on the whole the effect is stone cold.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    0
    One of the most execrable movies ever made. [6 March 1995, p.100]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 59
  2. Negative: 5 out of 59
  1. Sep 9, 2012
    9
    one of my favs, so many good one liners. If your watching it for cinematic excellence you won't get it, look elsewhere. I saw this for the first time when I was 10 and I still quote it with my friends. Expand
  2. May 9, 2013
    8
    Plays in favour of the underdog. Billy Madison is not to be underestimated and neither is Sandler as a typical penguin chasing dummy. The film is a warm and fuzzy flick featuring some of Adam's greatest moments and is certainly one of the best of his career. It proves that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Expand
  3. Apr 29, 2011
    8
    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! Expand
  4. Sep 1, 2011
    7
    Whooooaaaaaa!!!! A fully-compiled Metascore of 16?!?!?!?!?! That's ridiculous. That's not to say that BILLY MADISON is perfect, but this is a heck of a funny movie! Expand
  5. Apr 16, 2013
    6
    It's an amusing 90's Comedy I'll give it that and probably one of Adam Sandler's more memorable roles but that doesn't mean it's a good movie. Very silly and borderline stupid, but for some reason there's enough nostalgia there and funny moments to make it passable. I've never been a huge fan of Sandler or his style of Comedy but out of all his films this one is probably one of the funniest, if not for the wrong reasons, but there's no denying his fan base loves whatever he does! Expand
  6. Nov 7, 2012
    5
    Contains a few good moments, especially towards the end, but is overall fairly flat. I wished they would've developed their characters a bit more.

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