Metascore
31

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 16
  2. Negative: 9 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Apr 15, 2012
    70
    This madcap romp runs out of steam well before the finish, but its combo of sweetness and high spirits -- not unlike the chemical composition of the dope-infused brownies that serve as a key plot device -- proves sufficiently ingratiating to satisfy viewers.
  2. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    May 31, 2012
    60
    It's exactly what it appears to be: a funny-enough stoner comedy with a likable cast.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    May 30, 2012
    50
    High School is a pun. Get it? This is one of those stoner comedies that may be funny if you're high - but if not, not.
  4. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    May 31, 2012
    40
    The nearly unrecognizable Chiklis almost single-handedly saves the day.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 31, 2012
    40
    Once the plot has sprung into action, High School is a bumpy ride that takes a few amusing dives but never coheres into anything special.
  6. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    May 31, 2012
    40
    High School rushes through the parts it should savor and then pads out its runtime with filler elsewhere - and, less forgivably, it doesn't make getting high look like fun.
  7. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    May 29, 2012
    40
    This is mostly all reefer, no madness.
  8. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jun 1, 2012
    38
    A lame stoner comedy.
  9. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    May 31, 2012
    38
    Filmmakers must have been tripping pretty badly when they made High School, a flub that's about as lucid as a stoner at a spelling bee.
  10. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    May 31, 2012
    30
    A triumph of bravado over self-regard, Brody's performance won't earn him a Oscar to place next to the one he earned for "The Pianist" nine years ago, but it's the only thing that makes High School marginally worth catching.
  11. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    May 29, 2012
    30
    John Stalberg Jr.'s dismal stoner comedy does little to inject any sense of joy or laughter into its depiction of teenage pot antics.
  12. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    May 31, 2012
    25
    The screenplay is so cognitively impaired that the filmmakers might have been better off hacking up "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Dazed and Confused" and "Dude, Where's My Car?" and then sticking together random bits with masking tape. At least that would have made some sense.
  13. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    May 30, 2012
    25
    Adrien Brody delivers a colorful turn as a braided-and-tatted drug kingpin who thinks his pet toad talks to him (funny animal, check!), but High School is otherwise a tedious sludge through the same gray corridors where the same old gags wait around every turn.
  14. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    May 27, 2012
    25
    As sure as marijuana gets you high, you can count on weed-themed comedies cropping up every few years, each hoping to become a stoner-classic staple--a fate to which High School falls far short of achieving.
  15. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    May 31, 2012
    20
    Lacking real kick, High School winds up as irksome as a bag of ditch weed and as lame as the pun of the film's title.
  16. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    May 31, 2012
    20
    Instead of putting the high in high school, this film is the kind of drug movie that gives pot smokers a bad name.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 2, 2012
    7
    Alot funnier than I thought it would, definitely better than A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011) in terms of stoner humor. The first 30 minutes are very funny but after that the movie slows down alot, there are still laughs but they are further apart. Everyone is funny in the movie, but the stand out was Adrien Brody and his drug buddy Mykelti Williamson (Paranoid) who got the funniest lines. And it has one of the funniest running gags I've seen in a long time. There was one thing that I couldn't get past, the black eye that the main character had is so incredibly fake that it made the movie seem amateurish, but that's only a minor thing. In all, it was a very funny movie. 7.5/10 Full Review »
  2. Jun 3, 2012
    8
    The setup is nuts, and I love it. It does go into a slightly different direction than you'd expect, showing a smidge more dopey behavior from the teachers than the kids, and the movie is funnier for it. Every joke hits its mark, and lines are delivered rapid-fire style. I consider myself harsh when it comes to comedy, but High School had me in stitches. Bush and Marquette play off one another, each showing comedic timing in back-and-forth dialog, and they make a good team. I couldn't even recognize Michael Chiklis as the principal, and he has some funny moments himself. The film has a smooth but lively music video feel that should appeal to a young audience, and scenes move along briskly. If you liked Project X, you'll love High School. Full review on my blog. Full Review »
  3. Jan 20, 2013
    7
    Wasn't really sure what to expect going into this one, but I enjoyed it. It's not perfect and starts off slow, but picks up quickly and brings the laughs. Sean Marquette and Matt Bush made a great duo. It reminded me a lot of Project X, so if you liked that movie you should like this one. Full Review »