Metascore
41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 31
  2. Negative: 7 out of 31
  1. Even if this movie doesn't quite hit the highs of its predecessor, it's nice to know that there are still filmmakers ready to respect the eternal struggles of freaks and geeks.
  2. There are winning scenes between Wilson and the three teens as they train in various martial arts (like Mexican Judo - "as in Ju-don't know who you're messing with!") and get tips from clips of "Fight Club" and "The Untouchables."
  3. Reviewed by: Ryan Stewart
    63
    Presents nothing blindingly new for fans of Apatow- or Sandler-style humor and when watching it, one can hear the faint rustling of old scripts being yanked from drawers for a timely cash-in, but with his high-school memories now hopefully exhausted, maybe Rogen has a good college yarn to spin.
  4. This latest whiffle ball from Team Apatow is a mildly amusing comedy.
  5. A relatively lame exercise that never achieves comic traction.
  6. "Superbad” got a deserved R rating for its unmitigated and gleeful raunch. Drillbit Taylor is cleaner in mouth but far uglier in spirit. Wilson and Mann do what they can to tone it up, but their scenes belong to a different film, and a fresher one.
  7. 50
    The film emits a subtle yet distinct John Hughes vibe.
  8. 50
    The last time I saw this much talent in a losing cause was Super Bowl XLII. Trying to mix farce with heart, Drillbit Taylor is instead as soulful as Kenny G and as wacky as public television.
  9. 50
    A disappointing hodgepodge of rehashed clichés.
  10. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    As clunky and humorless as its title.
  11. 50
    The "Apatow formula" is pretty simple: raunchy comedy, likeable characters, and a dash of sweetness (but nothing too sweet). Drillbit Taylor fulfills the third characteristic but falls short in the other two.
  12. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    50
    Drillbit Taylor brings Seth Rogen's hot streak to a sudden halt.
  13. Do yourself a favor. Rent "My Bodyguard" instead.
  14. Rare is the star vehicle that is as poorly matched to its star as Drillbit Taylor, which casts Owen Wilson as a homeless Army deserter and con man, able to fool people into believing he's both a substitute teacher and a master of hand-to-hand combat.
  15. 50
    Wilson is as sincere as ever at being insincere, though the sweet minor notes of his trademark melancholia seem here to be in search of a more boisterous presence -- say a Vince Vaughn -- to riff with.
  16. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    50
    Better luck next time, Owen.
  17. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    A junior-league "Superbad" with an aftertaste of "The Pacifier," Drillbit Taylor is a just passable pubescent comedy with a modest laugh count by Apatow factory standards.
  18. 50
    Owen Wilson phones it in with Drillbit Taylor, a by-the-numbers teen comedy.
  19. 50
    Wilson's funny. Mann's funny. But paired together here, nothing works.
  20. Reviewed by: Travis Nichols
    42
    This thing is a mess.
  21. If only it had some funny lines, a focused plot and an idea that stretched beyond the initial setup.
  22. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    40
    It just scrapes two stars on the strength of Wilson’s best efforts. But for God’s sake, someone give this man a sparring partner.
  23. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    40
    So ploddingly directed (by Steven Brill) and lazily written that it adds up to little more than a diffuse collection of second-hand gags and jokes, few of them funny.
  24. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    40
    Drillbit Taylor is slackly paced and rife with questionable logic.
  25. 38
    Drillbit Taylor sounds like a rediscovered blaxploitation movie or a name near the top of the NFL draft.
  26. The script by Kristofor Brown and Seth Rogen and the direction by Steven Brill have a careless, never-gave-a-damn feel that's as insulting to viewers as the film is dull.
  27. 30
    Much to my dismay this is not an unauthorized sequel to Abel Ferrara's 1979 East Village art-world freakout "Driller Killer." This is instead a dispiritingly mediocre tweener comedy from some very talented people who appear to be experiencing a delayed sophomore slump.
  28. 30
    Owen Wilson doesn't have a single good line in the dismal Drillbit Taylor. So how is it that almost everything he does is funny?
  29. Another dreadful, not-funny Owen Wilson movie, in which Wilson is the best thing.
  30. A failing-grade comedy about the wishful triumph of high school dorks over high school bullies.
  31. 20
    There was a movie called “My Bodyguard” about the new kid in high school who hires the sullen loner to protect him from a bully. That was good. Drillbit Taylor is shit but, hey, I’m in Judd Apatow’s Hollywood.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. KathyS.
    Mar 31, 2008
    10
    That movie is so funny...thats kids show to the people how too much children's feel before and after they first day at high school...bay the way is funny jajajaja. Full Review »
  2. Apr 9, 2014
    8
    Drillbit Taylor is funny and it's good acted. Owen Wilson's character is pretty funny because he's really awkward and he can be really funny. For the kids who plays in the movies are pretty good actors Full Review »
  3. May 26, 2013
    7
    Una muy buena pelicula de comedia de Owen Wilson, poniendose en el papel de un vago, esta pelicula es muy divertida y muy graciosa; no es la mejor pelicula de owen wilson, pero para mi, esta pelicula vale la pena verla. Full Review »