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  • Summary: Signature Jackass character Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) and his grandson Billy will take movie audiences along for the most insane hidden camera road trip ever captured on camera. Real people in unreal situations, making for one really messed up comedy.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Oct 24, 2013
    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: Scott Bowles
    Oct 24, 2013
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Oct 24, 2013
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Rose
    Oct 24, 2013
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    Oct 25, 2013
    The movie itself is not unsatisfying, though it’s less fun than previous Jackass films, and has a worse title.
  6. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Oct 24, 2013
    By Jackass standards, Bad Grandpa is benign—it’s neither as fun nor as thrilling as watching Knoxville play tetherball with a beehive.
  7. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Oct 24, 2013
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 42
  2. Negative: 8 out of 42
  1. Oct 25, 2013
    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. Collapse
  2. Oct 27, 2013
    I really really really enjoyed watching this movie. It's nice to see Johnny Knoxville not get punched, rammed, stabbed, or seriously injured for once. The story didn't feel out of place or unnecessary, and the actors were great to watch. Billy was hilarious, Johnny Knoxville was hilarious, and the gags were hilarious. Viewing in a group setting just added to the experience. It's Jackass with a Borat spin--great genuine comedy that's a must-see. Expand
  3. Feb 5, 2014
    Bad Grandpa is a very funny comedy that is basically a bunch of skits rolled into one film and most of the skits really work. There are a few that don't but overall this film had me laughing a lot. A- Expand
  4. Oct 29, 2013
    A movie does not necessarily always need to contain cinematic value to be considered good, and that is what critics seemingly fail to understand every time. This one, though immature at times (for all the better), is uproariously funny. Even though Bad Grandpa is far from Oscar material, it is fun to sit through and watch for a good laugh in the hustle of everyday life. Expand
  5. Dec 19, 2013
    I wanted to like this movie but I barely laughed. I got a few chuckles but the one thing that ruined the movie to me was the addition of story. I love the Jackass movies as they are just random and are funny thought the whole film. Bad grandpa focused more on sex jokes than gags and pranks which I just didn't laugh at that much. It was kind of hard to believe that those we're real reactions because of the story aspect they put in. Expand
  6. Nov 10, 2013
    I laughed hard at the very end... then a little bit in the middle... but other than that not much and neither did the other people in the theatre. I love the Jackass movies but this one fell short. Expand
  7. Jan 18, 2014
    Another proof that most of critic writers are whores.Who ever like this movie should get medical help.Movie is good for mentally disabled people and utter garbage. Expand

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