Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    75
    This stoner buddy movie is filled with raunchy, gross-out humor. It's immature, clunky and probably the best bit of groundbreaking social commentary we've seen in years.
  2. A blissfully silly, character-driven road movie with impressive laugh-per-minute performance specs.
  3. 75
    I laughed often enough during the screening of Harold & Kumar that afterward I told Dann Gire, distinguished president of the Chicago Film Critics' Assn., that I thought maybe I should rent "Dude, Where's My Car?" and check it out.
  4. 75
    The most gut-bustingly funny movie so far this year.
  5. 75
    Penn's Kumar could become Jeff Spicoli for the generation of college kids who've never seen "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" but always seem to have a copy of "Dude, Where's My Car?" cued up at a moment's notice.
  6. 63
    Clearly, this unabashedly silly movie, written by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, is the work of people with a grasp of the stream-of-consciousness creativity that a few bong hits can impart.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    The recent model for this kind of surreal jazz-riff comedy is Doug Liman's 1999 "Go," a neo-classic. But you know already from the director (Dude, Where's My Car?'s Danny Leiner) if this movie is for you. Leiner has cornered the recent market on low-rent farces.
  8. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    63
    In their formidable quest for junk food, Harold and Kumar end up redefining what the all-American protagonists of Hollywood movies should look like - and prove this comedy is not quite as brain-dead as it originally appeared.
  9. The multicultural cast gives a shred of substance to what's otherwise a standard adolescent gross-out flick.
  10. The laugh ratio in this run-on of skits is pretty low, at least to the unaltered mind of one who's seen enough of these films and eaten enough White Castle burgers to last a lifetime.
  11. The twist of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, a laugh-out-loud if not-exactly-good stoner comedy, is that its heroes, an entry-level investment banker and a brainiac pre-med student, are not dimwits.
  12. Pretty standard stuff, mixing a few truly clever moments with facile drug humor and throwaway female characters.
  13. Plays it a little too safe and hackneyed with the comedy, but the characters and the talented actors who play them are a refreshing change of pace that make the movie feel like a minor buddy-comedy revolution.
  14. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    60
    The outlandish premise and greasy title may be a little hard to swallow, but Danny Leiner's proudly moronic film embraces its boneheadedness so cheerfully that its lowbrow charms are nearly irresistible.
  15. You don't just root for Harold and Kumar to get the girl, get the weed, and, above all, get the burger – you want to hang out with them while they' doing it, and see if they'e free next Friday night, too.
  16. Harold and Kumar share a quality the overgrown adolescents in films like this are never allowed to possess: They're witty, focused, and highly aware. They make having a brain look hip.
  17. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    50
    Terrific lead performances make this epic stoner comedy watchable but can't save it from flat direction.
  18. The official R rating is for "strong language, sexual content, drug use and some crude humor," but the MPAA is just being polite. It's all crude.
  19. 80
    Smart, goofy and endearing, Cho and Penn make a terrific team, and the fact that they're starring in their own movie suggests that, in the Hollywood comedy frat house, there's finally room for everyone.
  20. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    80
    Gleefully upends expectations and delivers an energetic comedy tracing two guys'all-night search for the perfect White Castle burger.
  21. A peppy, satisfying comedy that could soon become a minor classic
  22. Will seem a classic if you're stoned, and only slightly less funny if you're straight.
  23. 70
    May have said more about race in America today than any other movie of last year.
  24. 70
    Winds up a sweetly nonchalant and excellently unwhiny allegory of seeking and gaining entry to the Caucasian fortress that is present-day America, or at least nocturnal New Jersey.
  25. Reviewed by: Kevin Crust
    70
    That Cho and Penn are such likable actors and are so funny in their roles earns the movie more slack than it probably deserves and prevents it from being just another gross-out comedy.
  26. 60
    It boldly subverts stereotypes and challenges conventional wisdom by presenting affable Korean and Indian antiheroes who are just as sex-crazed, irresponsible, mischief-prone, and chemically altered as their white counterparts.
  27. The chemistry between the two is as old as Abbott and Costello. Harold is the sensible worried one, and Kumar zany and reckless. The movie's funniest moments, set at Princeton University, caricature and then demolish the image of Asian-Americans as nerdy, sexless bookworms incapable of fun.
  28. Funnier when high -- what isn't? -- Harold and Kumar may also serve as the first infomercial for weed and burgers.
  29. 50
    For the most part this reminded me of a hysterical passenger pushing random buttons in the cockpit of a plunging airplane.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 140 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 60
  2. Negative: 7 out of 60
  1. Jun 21, 2011
    9
    This movie is a minor classic. I finally got the chance to watch it after seeing the edited-for-TV version of the sequel umpteenth times. NowThis movie is a minor classic. I finally got the chance to watch it after seeing the edited-for-TV version of the sequel umpteenth times. Now all I have to do is see the regular version of the sequel... and be the first in line for the third movie this Christmas! Full Review »
  2. Jul 30, 2011
    10
    Excellent comedy, it grips the viewer throughout the whole movie. They're like a better version of cheech and chong. Or the two guys from theExcellent comedy, it grips the viewer throughout the whole movie. They're like a better version of cheech and chong. Or the two guys from the movie How High! Full Review »
  3. Dec 12, 2013
    9
    This trip to White Castle has actors that fit their roles perfectly, and as a result is hilarious and filled with memorable moments. It has aThis trip to White Castle has actors that fit their roles perfectly, and as a result is hilarious and filled with memorable moments. It has a surprisingly well delivered message, which will have you craving more. Full Review »