Overwhelming dislike - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 14
  2. Negative: 11 out of 14
  1. 50
    The plot is simply an excuse for a string of good-natured dope jokes (come on -- you have to love that their hookah is called Billy Bong Thornton) and goofy sight gags inspired by everything from Jerry Garcia to Jerry Maguire, most of which are undoubtedly funniest if you're eight miles high.
  2. Paying homage to drug comedies of the '70s, Half Baked is high on getting high and low on laughs.
  3. Someone definitely inhaled too much before making this one.
  4. 30
    The main problem, however, is Tamra Davis' leaden direction, which prevents Half-Baked from developing comic momentum. There are a few scattered laughs.
  5. 60
    I kind of liked this slow, stoner comedy.
  6. 10
    The film's deadly lulls outweigh its infrequent highs.
  7. Not very funny, intellignet or grippingly plotted, it is likely to appeal only to those who think that anything to do with marijuana - smoking, sharing, stealing or selling - constitutes the Everest of rip-roaring hilarity. [17 Jan 1998]
  8. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    The title refers to your expected condition when you see this movie. Oh well. It'll be HUGE on video.
  9. The humor in this movie is basically anthropological notes on doper culture and behavior: junk-food frenzies, smoking rituals and hardware, non sequitur conversation, and short-term memory loss. In other words, stuff that passed into the realm of cliché back in the time of the Johnson administration.
  10. Reviewed by: Ruthe Stein
    But their comic talents are completely wasted by an inane script whose idea of humor is to make jokes about lung cancer and the notorious Tuskegee experiment on black men with syphilis. [20 Jan 1998]
  11. Reviewed by: Michael Sauter
    Sitting on your couch watching these morons sit on their couch and get wasted is like being the only straight guest at a pot party. Everyone else is laughing, and you're left wondering why.
  12. Reviewed by: Brendan Kelly
    A couple of hash brownies short of a satisfying cinematic picnic, with far too few comic highs during the bigscreen reefer party.
  13. Reviewed by: Bob Heisler
    A limp, predictable less-than-sitcom of a movie. It's a bomb, man, not the bomb.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 91 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 56
  2. Negative: 4 out of 56
  1. Dec 21, 2013
    Its funny how different the critic reviews and the user reviews are.. this is a stoner man it dont get any better than this for a pothead film! Definitely in my top 5 stoner flicks of all time. This is the movie that setdave chappelle on fire and if you love dave youll love this Full Review »