Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
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  1. For all its nonstop energy and high spirits, Can't Hardly Wait allows its characters to emerge as fully dimensional individuals; they've been written with care and perception and played with equal aplomb by a roster of talented young actors.
  2. 80
    It's not supposed to be a revelation--just a pleasant rendition of a teen-comedy trope
  3. Can't Hardly Wait has freshness, comic invention and an engaging romantic spirit.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Thompson
    70
    But the film deserves credit, both for its breezy pacing and its uncommon tendency to make its characters smarter and geekier than they might have been.
  5. [The writers/directors] show easygoing humor and the wisdom to borrow well. Their film at various times recalls tenderhearted coming-of-age comedies from "American Graffiti" onward, with strong homage to the works of Cameron Crowe, Amy Heckerling and John Hughes.
  6. 67
    Nobody's going to give this one an Oscar, sure, but as far as the venerable teen sex comedy goes, this one actually makes it to third base.
  7. 60
    It's all cutely derivative, occasionally charming and very occasionally clever...but the movie's vague aspirations to being something more than disposable fluff never amount to anything.
  8. Agreeably mindless generation-next trash, but it leaves you hungry for a movie in which the characters are more than walking screenwriter index cards.
  9. [The soundtrack] manages to serve up new rock, eighties dance music, rap and Barry Manilow -- a combination custom-made to annoy audiences of all ages.
  10. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    50
    A mediocre attempt to recapture the exuberance and candid portraiture of such high school movie classics as "American Graffiti," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Dazed and Confused."
  11. 50
    Seeing gawky Charlie Korsmo, one-time movie moppet, as a superbrain whose introduction to alcohol leads him to do a rip-roaring rendition of Guns N' Roses' Paradise City, is worth a smile or two. But even that can't save [the] film.
  12. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    50
    Flunks the freshness test.
  13. 50
    Instead of bringing intriguing characters with real problems and interesting dialogue to the bash, Kaplan and Elfont take the lazy approach of pulling generic stereotypes off the shelf and throwing them into a formulaic plot that doesn't offer one genuine surprise or meaningful moment.
  14. 50
    The cast of mostly unknowns is agreeable if unnecessarily bland, not a Spicoli among them.
  15. 38
    The kind of movie that somehow succeeds in moving very, very slowly even while proceeding at a breakneck pace. It cuts quickly back and forth between nothing and nothing.
  16. The filmmakers seem well in control of their chaotic material, but what can be said when the movie features wall-to-wall teenage alcohol abuse.
  17. True to the film's name, there is one thing I couldn't hardly wait for, and that's the closing credits.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Aug 31, 2014
    8
    The movie is enjoyable with his cliché characters and his predictable story.A lot of well-known actors are in this movie.The movie is funnyThe movie is enjoyable with his cliché characters and his predictable story.A lot of well-known actors are in this movie.The movie is funny and the actors are really good. Full Review »
  2. Aug 13, 2013
    6
    While it was thoroughly enjoyable to see several notable actors (Jennifer Love Hewitt, Seth Green, Freddy Rodriguez, Donald Faison, JaimeWhile it was thoroughly enjoyable to see several notable actors (Jennifer Love Hewitt, Seth Green, Freddy Rodriguez, Donald Faison, Jaime Pressly, Jason Segel, Selma Blair, Breckin Meyer, Jenna Elfman, Jerry O'Connell) either in small roles or before the height of their fame, this movie was just about as predictable as can be. That however, does not mean it wasn't enjoyable, just not particularly inspired.

    It's a decent movie overall with some laughs and genuine moments, just don't expect to be blown away.
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