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6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 52
  2. Negative: 6 out of 52
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  1. Aug 10, 2011
    4
    This is full of cheesy dialogue, bad performances (even from the usually funny Owen Wilson) and comes together for an overall unoriginal and weak comedy
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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. A failing-grade comedy about the wishful triumph of high school dorks over high school bullies.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.