Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Oct 24, 2013
    83
    Sometimes it's a delicate comedy-drama with Oscar-worthy performances and touches of "A Streetcar Named Desire." And sometimes it's a foul-mouthed "Candid Camera" full of poop jokes and starring Johnny Knoxville in old-man makeup.
  2. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Oct 28, 2013
    75
    There’s a restless inventiveness to many of the gags that are matched only by the outrageousness of their surroundings.
  3. Reviewed by: Odie Henderson
    Oct 25, 2013
    75
    In the few moments where he's left to prank people on his own, Bad Grandpa doesn't treat him like the clichéd potty mouthed kid out for shock value. Instead, he uses his childlike innocence to make the adults more uncomfortable than his grandpa's raunchier shenanigans ever could.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Oct 24, 2013
    75
    Rude, wrong and laugh-till-you-snort funny, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa not only stands as the best installment (by bounds) of Johnny Knoxville's hidden-camera franchise; it's one of the sharpest comedies of the year.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Oct 24, 2013
    75
    It’s the kind of outrageous comedy that you might even take your folks to, though probably not your kids. Say what you will about Harmony Korine and his demented geriatrics, at least they take their trash seriously.
  6. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Oct 25, 2013
    70
    For all the fecal matter flying around, and all the dick jokes, Bad Grandpa turns out to be an act of redemption: It’s the anti-Borat. And for all its flaws, it might just be the most heartwarming movie of the year.
  7. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Oct 24, 2013
    70
    It’s hard to score big laughs with hidden-camera material these days because there has been so much of it since the “Jackass” TV show, but Mr. Knoxville and his young sidekick still land a few jaw-droppers.
  8. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Oct 24, 2013
    70
    It's amazing what a little story and a little substance add to a movie. It might not be a giant leap for mankind, but it is a small step for one old man.
  9. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Oct 24, 2013
    70
    Though the plot is predictable, individual scenes (and individual targets) are anything but. In the film’s best moments, it’s more than funny; it’s exciting, and almost as daring as its indomitable lead actor.
  10. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Oct 23, 2013
    70
    Even at its low ebb, the movie effuses an infectious, mischief-making joy.
  11. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Oct 25, 2013
    67
    At the end, when the grandson, in drag, enters a little-girl beauty contest, the movie far outdoes the crowning moment of "Little Miss Sunshine." But most of Bad Grandpa lacks that delirious mad kick of surprise.
  12. Reviewed by: Kyle Ryan
    Oct 23, 2013
    67
    No one will ever mistake the Jackass franchise for good cinema, but it never aspired to that. It was always about allowing the gleeful anarchy of the TV series to escape the constraints of television — to be more outrageous, gross, and profane than the FCC would ever allow.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Oct 24, 2013
    63
    Is Knoxville going soft on us? Nah. Bad Grandpa is still the f***ed-up family movie of choice, especially if your family has done jail time.
  14. Reviewed by: Bill Zwecker
    Oct 24, 2013
    63
    Bad Grandpa obviously is not for everyone, but Johnny Knoxville and “Jackass” fans will eat it up.
  15. Reviewed by: Steve Rose
    Oct 24, 2013
    60
    Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat" set the bar very high for this type of narrative-driven prankery, and in comparison, Bad Grandpa comes across as disjointed and aimless.
  16. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 23, 2013
    60
    Some of these gags are hilarious.
  17. Reviewed by: Simon Crook
    Oct 21, 2013
    60
    True to the Jackass formula, some gags come off better than others, but there's some doozies in its midst.
  18. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    Oct 25, 2013
    50
    The movie itself is not unsatisfying, though it’s less fun than previous Jackass films, and has a worse title.
  19. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 24, 2013
    50
    In structure and concept, the film resembles the faux-documentary “Borat,” with the distinction that the cameras here are all hidden. And that is where the film falls down and can’t get up.
  20. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Oct 24, 2013
    50
    The uneven result is definitely not for prudish moviegoers, definitely funny for everyone else, and even approaches poignancy in one or two scenes.
  21. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Oct 24, 2013
    50
    By Jackass standards, Bad Grandpa is benign—it’s neither as fun nor as thrilling as watching Knoxville play tetherball with a beehive.
  22. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Oct 23, 2013
    50
    An almost sweet sensibility emerges by the end of Bad Grandpa. Young Jackson Nicholl is a real find: The kid can really hold his own against Knoxville’s master pranker.
  23. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Oct 23, 2013
    50
    As Jackass japes go, though, Bad Grandpa was better in concept and in its short, punchy TV commercials than it is as a feature.
  24. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Oct 24, 2013
    40
    There are a handful of brilliant set pieces, including a scorched-earth attack on child beauty pageants. But this exercise in wink-nudge bad taste simply leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
  25. Reviewed by: Ashley Clark
    Oct 23, 2013
    40
    There are a couple of bawdy sight gags that hit the mark, although the outtakes in the end credits provide the film’s funniest moments. The cast and crew appear to have had a ball making it, at least.
  26. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Oct 23, 2013
    40
    Most of the gags fall flatter than a Knoxville belly-flop.
  27. Reviewed by: Dave McGinn
    Oct 25, 2013
    25
    Johnny Knoxville is now 42, and he’s clearly torn. He still wants to be a Jackass, but in a movie with an actual story that offers something even slightly more substantive than cringing at other people’s self-inflicted pain and humiliation.
  28. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 24, 2013
    25
    This whole movie is pretty much a mental colon blow.
  29. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Oct 24, 2013
    12
    A choppy, feature-length progression of crude, predictable gags, the film plays like a variety show, and yet its main attraction is barely funny enough to warrant his own brief sketch.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 178 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 46
  2. Negative: 8 out of 46
  1. Oct 27, 2013
    1
    A forced narrative does not do this movie any favors. As a narrative film, it is incredibly weak. As a series of sketches and stunts, it's even weaker. It's a series of setups and no punchlines. Every scene is cut short with no real endings or continuity. If you saw the trailer, you've seen everything remotely funny in this movie, and you can enjoy those stunts and sketches without having them ruined by a terrible film. Full Review »
  2. Oct 25, 2013
    10
    Bad Grandpa is certainly one of the funniest and most outrageous comedies of the year. Whether it's Irv going to a strip club and almost getting punched out by a male stripper, passing his grandson off as a girl so they can crash a kiddie beauty contest, or trying to transport and dispose of his late wife's body, Bad Grandpa offers plenty of situations where the hidden cameras capture the varied and hilarious responses of onlookers. There are times when it seems several of these surprised viewers must be plants, and you do find yourself questioning the legitimacy of some of these "candid" moments. Still, it's funny as hell. The range of reactions (when you're not wondering who's a plant and what bit was probably scripted) range from the amused to the utterly horrified. It's amazing how much craziness people will put up with until they've finally had enough. The movie's biggest surprise is how sweet it can be at times. You come to legitimately care about Irv and Billy and are invested in how their journey together turns out and if they can work out their relationship. There's a set-piece in a biker bar near the end that's surprisingly touching (albeit in-between set-ups and pay-offs to different gags). Knoxville and Niccol have great chemistry together; the movie simply wouldn't work if they didn't. Niccol is a real find. He seems like a real kid rather than a "movie kid." With his hangdog countenance and deadpan manner, Niccol comes across like a little Walter Matthau. The Jackass gang strike again with the giddily gonzo Bad Grandpa, featuring Johnny Knoxville's Irv Zisman at his most gloriously inappropriate. Full Review »
  3. Oct 25, 2013
    9
    Absolutely Hilarious, a must watch! Typical Jackass hilarity always gets to everyone at least once, Some gags aren't as good as the others, but some of them tear your sides apart, recommended to anyone who loves crude humour Full Review »