Metascore
32

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 30
  2. Negative: 15 out of 30
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    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.
  4. 30
    A more accurate title might be "Sub-Bad."
  5. 50
    Of the two co-stars, what I can say is that I’m looking forward to their next films.
  6. 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.
  7. Has some smart flashes, and a few of the young performers resemble real people and not the usual prefab teen idols.
  8. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    40
    Painfully unfunny, I Love You, Beth Cooper is more likely to elicit the opposite reaction.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    0
    Sloppy, not funny, downright stupid, ridiculous as well as horribly themed and shot.
  11. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    40
    Not a remake -- it just feels like one.
  12. 50
    The problem with I Love You, Beth Cooper is that aside from Denis' speech at the start, everything else seems familiar.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    35
    Lumbering comedy, adapted by Larry Doyle from his own novel.
  16. The film quickly turns unintentionally, and unrelentingly, awkward.
  17. 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.
  18. 50
    There's a sense that a much better movie is trying to get out but it never attains escape velocity.
  19. 25
    Aiming for the heartfelt hilarity of "Superbad," I Love You, Beth Cooper is just super bad.
  20. 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.
  21. Isn't a terrible addition to the teen coming-of-age party movie catalog. It just feels dated.
  22. 25
    There’s hardly an authentic second in the film.
  23. 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.
  24. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    30
    Although the teenage audience is notoriously undiscriminating, it's hard to imagine many kids turning out for this laugh-free comedy.
  25. 30
    Drab and incoherent teen comedy.
  26. Reviewed by: Jason Buchanan
    50
    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.
  27. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    This leaden teen comedy is meant to be lively, but it's curiously bland.
  28. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    Peaks early -- like, during the first three minutes -- and rapidly goes downhill from there.
  29. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    10
    Joyless, offensively stupid end-of-high-school farce.
  30. Reviewed by: Ruth McCann
    30
    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.
User Score
4.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Nov 22, 2012
    9
    Plays like a revival of a John Hughes classic.
  2. Jul 8, 2012
    10
    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 »
  3. May 29, 2011
    3
    I found it pretty cool the way Chris Columbus knew dealing with cliches. The movie while it has very funny scenes, and has nostalgic scenes, very well made. For real, for me the film is a tribute to the great movies of the afternoon session of the the 80's. The aesthetic is the same, the common situations. Instead of the current cliché is that in high school musical movie, the guy made a movie to remember the 80's, has something better than this? Full Review »