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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
    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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 47
  2. Negative: 9 out of 47
  1. 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. Expand
  2. Jun 7, 2014
    9
    Without a doubt one of the funnest movies of 2013 and reassures us that Paramount Pictures can still produces quality films. Bad Grandpa, story wise is nothing to write home about, however it will leave you in fits on laughter. They have done a really good job with getting the reactions of so called "randoms", which makes the movie all the funnier! The pranks are golden! Very recommendable. Expand
  3. Feb 13, 2014
    8
    First off, Yes it actually does have a plot but that does not take away from the funniness of it one bit. Many times through out I laughed so hard that I couldn't breathe. I'd definitely recommend it, Especially if you love the Jackass show and films. Expand
  4. May 24, 2014
    7
    It feels a little overlong, but the movie provides several very funny moments the keep it going. Some of it seemed fake while other parts genuinely seemed real. Expand
  5. Mar 12, 2014
    6
    This film has its funny moments and others that are not funny at all, went into this with high hopes because I have enjoyed the jackass films but this fell short for me. I still think people should watch this at least once Expand
  6. Dec 2, 2013
    5
    Went to see it with some friends, the movie is fun on some moments but it feels like you're watching a long benidorm bastards marathon and it gets quite boring on some times. Expand
  7. Jan 18, 2014
    0
    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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