Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 30
  2. Negative: 15 out of 30
  1. 50
    The problem with I Love You, Beth Cooper is that aside from Denis' speech at the start, everything else seems familiar.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Although the teenage audience is notoriously undiscriminating, it's hard to imagine many kids turning out for this laugh-free comedy.
  3. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Lumbering comedy, adapted by Larry Doyle from his own novel.
  4. 75
    Isn't especially hilarious, but it has a warm sense of humor instead of a string of gross-out jokes. It'll be a cable mainstay.
  5. 50
    Of the two co-stars, what I can say is that I’m looking forward to their next films.
  6. Isn't a terrible addition to the teen coming-of-age party movie catalog. It just feels dated.
  7. Reviewed by: Jason Buchanan
    For a teen film to resonate, it has to feel honest, and I Love You, Beth Cooper simply comes off as too paint-by-numbers to achieve any level of emotional authenticity.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    This leaden teen comedy is meant to be lively, but it's curiously bland.
  9. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Panettiere, I’m sad to report, is a dud as the title character, a supposed wild thang who never rises above the level of runty, obnoxious mall chick, down to the roll-on tan.
  10. 50
    There's a sense that a much better movie is trying to get out but it never attains escape velocity.
  11. The movie feels like something parents want their kids to see. Harold and Kumar wouldn't want anything to do with Beth Cooper or Denis Cooverman. You're probably not going to like them much either.
  12. 50
    Since that gifted, attractive performer is Hayden Panettiere, who has already won a wide following for "Heroes," it's a wonder that the studio hasn't been more heavily promoting her appearance in this decent, genial youth comedy. After all, she does play, ah, Beth Cooper.
  13. The film quickly turns unintentionally, and unrelentingly, awkward.
  14. 25
    Aiming for the heartfelt hilarity of "Superbad," I Love You, Beth Cooper is just super bad.
  15. A funny thing happened to Larry Doyle's 2007 debut novel on the way to the multiplex. It turned into its own ring of coming-of-age comedy hell.
  16. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Painfully unfunny, I Love You, Beth Cooper is more likely to elicit the opposite reaction.
  17. This unfunny, unoriginal, charmless teen comedy is so stunningly awful from start to finish, it's amazing to think its director has made a single film before, much less a dozen.
  18. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    Sloppy, not funny, downright stupid, ridiculous as well as horribly themed and shot.
  19. 30
    Ends up as little more than a recursive footnote to the infinitely better up-all-night teen comedies of, you guessed it, John Hughes.
  20. The story is timeless; this could have taken place when Doyle graduated in '76 -- or any year, really, since the effects of high school linger throughout adult life and nerds are forever.
  21. I was stunned to learn that "Beth Cooper" was adapted by former "Simpsons" writer Larry Doyle from his young-adult novel and directed by "Harry Potter" helmer Chris Columbus. Rarely have two seasoned Hollywood professionals produced something so painfully, amateurishly, relentlessly unfunny.
  22. 40
    Moves along, taking two steps backward into crassness for every clever or just plain sweet moment it offers. Although many of the movie's problems seem to be rooted in the script, Columbus has such a heavy touch that he sabotages nearly every scene.
  23. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Not a remake -- it just feels like one.
  24. 30
    Drab and incoherent teen comedy.
  25. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Peaks early -- like, during the first three minutes -- and rapidly goes downhill from there.
  26. Reviewed by: Ruth McCann
    Perhaps the best thing that can be said about I Love You, Beth Cooper is that the title is correctly punctuated. Beyond that, the movie is a disappointingly flabby teen flick.
  27. 30
    A more accurate title might be "Sub-Bad."
  28. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Joyless, offensively stupid end-of-high-school farce.
  29. 25
    There’s hardly an authentic second in the film.
  30. Has some smart flashes, and a few of the young performers resemble real people and not the usual prefab teen idols.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Jul 8, 2012
    i think it is a very funny movie and very creative because it has a lot of things that other movies doesn't have, and the actors make their job very good, CONGRATS! Full Review »
  2. GnarlesS.
    Aug 24, 2009
    How can such a funny book be made into this dreg? The male lead was awful and the dialogue was unfunny. This is the kind of movie that makes everyone in the audience think, "I could write movies a lot better than this!" Full Review »
  3. Nov 22, 2012
    Plays like a revival of a John Hughes classic.