Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 21
  2. Negative: 12 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Enough low-grade laughs to entertain significantly more than some of the more prestigious year-end releases.
  2. There's a spirit of generosity to How High that allows many performers to shine beyond its sharp and amiable stars.
  3. Enough cheery mockery to amuse even non-tokers.
  4. Like Ice Cube's "Friday," How High probably will survive as an underground classic, until it's pushed further underground and forgotten by the next disposable "cult classic" to hit video.
  5. Dylan's stoner comedy barely manages to string together a story, but lucky for him, his two stars radiate charisma even when they're hidden behind clouds of smoke.
  6. The Observer won't let me get stoned before a review, so I'll never know what How High would be like after a big fat blunt. Without one, it's sloppy, broadly funny in spots and chaotic.
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    It's a good thing the two rappers are such utterly natural actors, armed with terrific comic timing.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    There is something fun about a movie that so brazenly portrays excessive pot smoking.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    A genially haphazard but frequently amusing neo-stoner comedy that plays like "Cheech and Chong Go to Animal House."
  10. 38
    How High is not a particularly good movie, but then again it's not trying to be. It's a project by two B-list rappers seeking to extend their music careers in the way of stars like Will Smith, Ice Cube and Tupac Shakur.
  11. 38
    The biggest problem, ironically, is that even though the plot and the action center on smoking pot, it's not enough of a stoner flick. The concept of getting stoned isn't amusing; watching stoned people is.
  12. Method Man and Redman just don't have the comic timing to pull off 90 minutes at front-and-center.
  13. 30
    Too lazy to be a comedy, too conventional to be a head movie.
  14. Many of the faces that emerge through the murk appear bug-eyed. And much of the dialogue, which is frequently shouted, is only semi-intelligible.
  15. 25
    This mess was directed with no skill whatsoever by Jesse Dylan, whose father, Bob, once urged us all to get stoned.
  16. Doesn't look like a movie somebody made. It looks like a movie somebody hallucinated and put up on the screen.
  17. Reviewed by: Ellen Kim
    Unfortunately, this low-lowbrow comedy, which tries to pass itself off as a "Friday" crossed with "Legally Blonde," also does nothing to distinguish itself from recent urban flops "The Wash" and "Pootie Tang."
  18. 20
    While How High could have been a fun comedy college students could watch over and over again, it instead plays like a bad USA movie of the week. The jokes aren't funny, the characters aren't fully developed and poor editing only makes a humorless story confusing.
  19. The drug-fueled romp turns ugly, sexist and misogynistic, as so many rap-star vehicles do.
  20. Meets the required minimum dosage of feature-film attributes, and then nods out when it comes to going any further.
  21. Just when it looked like "Not Another Teen Movie" might claim the crap crown comes this stoner's tale.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 38
  2. Negative: 3 out of 38
  1. Jun 15, 2013
    THE greatest stoner movie of all time. Want a experience you'll always remember? Get a 10 bag, invite your best buddy over, get some drink and food and sit back and just laugh at absolutely everything. Brilliant film! Full Review »
  2. Nov 13, 2012
    When I was a young'n I was in love with this movie. Now that I am older, I realize how stupid it really is. But it's just stupid enough to keep you intrigued. Full Review »
  3. Layne
    Jun 24, 2008
    Pure, unmitigated crap. If you actually find any of this funny then you are so simple minded you may well be retarded. You'd have to be on crack, never mind weed, to even force a smile at any part of this painfully unfunny disaster of a comedy movie. It starts off bad, and actually somehow manages to get worse as it goes on. Method Man and Redman should stick to what they do best - whatever that is. Full Review »