Metascore
41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 7 out of 25
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  1. You can guess how it all ends, but getting there is a repetitious parade of put-downs and smackdowns that suggest you can't go home again - not when your mom's sleeping with a monster from your past.
  2. Certainly, it's mediocre, but no more so than half the comedies that are wildly promoted by their studios these days.
  3. Mild pleasures are available in Mr. Woodcock.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    40
    There's more genuine humor to be gleaned from saying "Woodcock" over and over again than from watching Mr. Woodcock, a wan comic effort barely elevated a few notches by Billy Bob Thornton's passive-aggressive villainy.
  5. There are two solid sight gags and funny supporting work by Amy Poehler as a boozy publicist.
  6. A movie that commits sins of excess, except regarding Thornton. There's not nearly enough of him.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    50
    As Mr. Woodcock demonstrates, a great premise can generate a lot of goodwill and almost overcome an uneven script. So too can expert performances.
  8. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    50
    Let's say you find yourself at the multiplex, and the first 20 minutes of Mr. Woodcock happen to correspond with the 20 minutes you need to waste before your movie of choice begins. Those are the ideal 20 minutes to spend with this marginally promising--but ultimately unfunny--comedy.
  9. Reviewed by: Steve Winn
    50
    Mr. Woodcock may be a nasty tyrant, but he also knows his domain is small. "For Christ's sake," he tells Farley at one point, "it was just a PE class, you fruitcake."
  10. Reviewed by: Michael Ferraro
    40
    All Mr. Woodcock gives us is mediocre comedy at its finest.
  11. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    40
    Unfortunately, Mr. Woodcock is funny for exactly five minutes, during which time Woodcock is shown throwing basketballs at boys’ heads and mocking them for having dead parents.
  12. Reviewed by: Marc Bernardin
    58
    Uninspired, sure, but sporadically, spasmodically funny.
  13. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    60
    There aren't that many laugh-out-loud jokes in this comedy, yet Billy Bob Thornton's portrayal of ass-kicking gym coach Mr. Woodcock is almost worth the price of admission.
  14. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    50
    It’s “The Great Santini” remade as a sitcom.
  15. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    40
    Amy Poehler ekes out a smirk or two as a boozy broad publicist trying to keep her paycheck in check, but even the best gags feel like leftovers, again.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Nov 26, 2011
    4
    It was actually rather boring through out and had very little funny parts. The acting was pretty generic and wasnt as good as I expectedIt was actually rather boring through out and had very little funny parts. The acting was pretty generic and wasnt as good as I expected either. It was just another below average comedy. Full Review »
  2. DanK.
    Feb 16, 2008
    6
    No classic but Mr.Woodcock provides enough decent laughs to make for a fun Friday night picture
  3. ValH.
    Jan 30, 2008
    7
    Surprising movie with heart. Kinda reminds me of the high school days..Lots of food for thought tidbits sprinkled all over the movie, with Surprising movie with heart. Kinda reminds me of the high school days..Lots of food for thought tidbits sprinkled all over the movie, with some slapstick and insult comedy that can be hilarious at time, plus a moral story to boot in the end. i had some reservations before seeing this movie due to the kinda raunchy title and poster.. but I was surprised to find that this movie does have "balls", no pun intended. Full Review »