Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 9 out of 13
  1. It takes a while to realize that this is actually a sly, very funny comedy, one that stays admirably deadpan every time you think it’s about to veer into gross-out territory.
  2. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    Much funnier and weirder than you think.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Unlike the vast majority of rude bigscreen comedies these days, "Prison" may actually improve with repeat viewings, since its best aspects are offhand enough to be missed the first time around.
  4. Odenkirk is an expert at the unexpected laugh. (This must be the first prison movie in which a cafeteria put-down involves the painter Lucian Freud.)
  5. 38
    The sad thing is that Arnett, Shepard and McBride quickly establish a loose, easy camaraderie that's a real pleasure to watch. The shame is that they're working with such unrewarding material.
  6. Let's Go to Prison ultimately feels as long as a stint in the big house.
  7. 30
    I'm a fan of director Bob Odenkirk, but my high hopes for this comedy were dashed by screenwriters Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, and Michael Patrick Jann, all alumi of "Reno 911"!
  8. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirshling
    Nearly laughless.
  9. Reviewed by: Aaron Burgess
    Prison makes its 84-minute running time feel like a five-year sentence with no chance for parole.
  10. 12
    A comedy that locks up Will Arnett's talent and throws away the key.
  11. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    It's a remarkably laugh-free comedy that takes on a dark subject and skitters along its surface.
  12. It makes "Little Man," "Scary Movie 3" and "Beerfest" look like comic masterpieces.
  13. 0
    The real crime here is that Let's Go to Prison made a daring escape from direct-to-video stir into the relative freedom of your neighborhood multiplex. Consider this one disarmed and extremely pointless.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. Mar 5, 2014
    Top notch comedy in my opinion. The prison setting is surprisingly fun (perhaps too fun considering it is prison) and Dax Shepard's character is an absolute blast. The way he interacts with Arnett, who is also excellent here, is shear fun. McBride also serves as a very funny and surprisingly likable character. I also like how the film never goes into some of the gross territory it could have. It's something I find very respectable There is one or two light issues I have with the plot, but overall I had a blast watching this. So if you're looking for a funny comedy and missed this one through the years, then I recommend you give it a shot. It's very funny and a lot of fun. Full Review »
  2. Feb 20, 2012
    I have watched it countless times and I still love watching it. Yes its not a perfect comedy, It definently has its flaws, but its still an enjoyable comedy and well worth the watch. Full Review »
  3. Jan 16, 2012
    While the film does feature a lot of generic jokes about prison. The cast carries this film well beyond how good it should have been and they make it an enjoyable comedy worth watching. Full Review »