Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 7 out of 25
  1. 75
    To laugh at parts of this film would indicate one has a streak of Woodcockism in oneself. But to gaze in stupefied fascination is perfectly understandable. That's what makes Thornton such a complex actor.
  2. 38
    It goes without saying that the humor is vulgar and juvenile.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    This may be the most laugh-free comedy of the year.
  4. 25
    Sarandon blends into the background, having practically nothing to do except stand around and wring her hands as the two men in her life battle it out in a passive-aggressive war. It's enough to make her want to run off with Thelma.
  5. 33
    Thornton is one of America's finest actors, but after this, "Bad News Bears," and "School For Scoundrels," his run of loveably irascible authority-figure roles should probably come to a close. He's kicked around one child too many.
  6. 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.
  7. 63
    The insult comedy is sometimes brilliant.
  8. Certainly, it's mediocre, but no more so than half the comedies that are wildly promoted by their studios these days.
  9. Mild pleasures are available in Mr. Woodcock.
  10. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    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.
  11. There are two solid sight gags and funny supporting work by Amy Poehler as a boozy publicist.
  12. Who wants to watch any film where Sarandon, the sexiest 60-year-old woman alive, is first prize in a corn-eating contest?
  13. A movie that commits sins of excess, except regarding Thornton. There's not nearly enough of him.
  14. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    This one's been sitting on shelves for two years -- never good news -- and you can almost see the dollar signs in the cast's eyes.
  15. 38
    The film logs almost all of its laughs when it's at its crudest, meanest, and most unfiltered. Everything else - and that is to say most of the movie - is a big, fat, derivative waste of time.
  16. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    As Mr. Woodcock demonstrates, a great premise can generate a lot of goodwill and almost overcome an uneven script. So too can expert performances.
  17. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    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.
  18. Reviewed by: Steve Winn
    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."
  19. Reviewed by: Michael Ferraro
    All Mr. Woodcock gives us is mediocre comedy at its finest.
  20. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    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.
  21. Reviewed by: Marc Bernardin
    Uninspired, sure, but sporadically, spasmodically funny.
  22. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    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.
  23. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    It’s “The Great Santini” remade as a sitcom.
  24. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    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

Mixed or average reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Nov 26, 2011
    It 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
    No classic but Mr.Woodcock provides enough decent laughs to make for a fun Friday night picture
  3. ValH.
    Jan 30, 2008
    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 »