Old School

Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32

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Critic Reviews

  1. 88
    The whole plot is a shambles. And yet none of this matters much when you're laughing as hard as this film makes you laugh.
  2. Starts out silly, gets sillier by the minute, and frequently had me and most of the people around me in stitches.
  3. In terms of sheer belly-laugh count, this one's in the same plentiful company as "There's Something About Mary" and "Road Trip."
  4. 80
    It's blissfully, pants-wettingly funny from beginning to end.
  5. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    80
    Will Ferrell is a fearless comedian, and he commits completely to his insanity in the film, and that makes it work.
  6. 75
    It's also a message movie, about as weighty as Lara Flynn Boyle and twice as absurd. But I'd like to report that I had an excellent time.
  7. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: David Denby
    70
    It’s party time, and the movie is wild and crude without being mean--it’s a comedy of infantile regression, “Animal House” for grownups. [17 March 2003, p. 154]
  8. The disconnect between what men say and what they do makes Old School funnier than most of its gags and it also invests the movie with curious pathos.
  9. 70
    The 1978 frat-house classic "Animal House," starring the late, great John Belushi, is the model for testosterone-mad comedies such as this, and while it hasn't that film's scope or finesse, Old School does have Ferrell, a man clearly in touch with his inner Belushi.
  10. 63
    Old School is exactly what director Todd Phillips intends for it to be: low-brow, moronic to a fault, and occasionally side-splittingly funny.
  11. 63
    Ultimately, the immensely personable and talented lead actors manage to push aside the disquieting notion that this group of men are so emotionally stunted that they're happy to abandon their wives and children for the sake of a party.
  12. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    In lieu of a toga party, one scene treats us to an octogenarian fraternity member wrestling two topless townie lookers slathered in KY Gel. Hey, there's no stopping progress.
  13. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    60
    This year's kinder, gentler "Animal House."
  14. 60
    A good laugh is almost never a bad thing and almost every frame of Old School is grade A goofball fun.
  15. To call the haphazard string of gags a story is to give it far too much credit, but it is funny in a blunt, profane frat boy way, thanks to the bulldozing energy of Ferrell, the smarmy manipulations of Vaughn and the anything-for-a-laugh excess of Phillips.
  16. Under Reitman's deanship, Ferrell lets his freak flag fly and Vaughn unlooses a notably funny, light-on-his-feet lunkheadedness.
  17. A deliberately stupid movie whose crazy charm wins you over in the end.
  18. Phillips and co-writer Scot Armstrong waste too much time on a silly love-interest subplot for Wilson; that time is much better served by the frat-boy idiocies, like Frank beer-bonging himself into streaking.
  19. 50
    The frat brothers have some surprisingly touching moments, and their diverse but perfectly matched personalities generate a fairly steady stream of laugh-out-loud moments.
  20. Speaking of funny things, director Todd Phillips has been down this path before in "Road Trip." There, toiling in the same lame genre, he actually showed a hint of comic ingenuity. Here, the hint has dwindled to a hoarse whisper.
  21. 50
    Like a half-empty glass of Coke that's been sitting out for a couple of days; sure, it looks like cola, but one sip tells you exactly what's missing.
  22. The saving grace of Old School is that it has about a dozen funny moments. These moments aren't mildly funny or chuckle funny but really funny.
  23. 50
    Only fitfully funny, except when Ferrell is onscreen -- then you won't stop laughing.
  24. 50
    With little cohesion and no respect for the editing process, Old School often feels like someone threw film clips on the floor and strung them together willy-nilly.
  25. 40
    A comedy with a terrific premise and little else.
  26. 40
    A dumb guy comedy about dumb guys by dumb guys and for dumb guys.
  27. 38
    The movie is never more than the sum of its scattershot jokes; it's sloppily put together, with scenes seemingly cut mid-dialogue.
  28. Old School has all the ingredients of an uproarious campus comedy, but it lacks a boisterous short-order cook who could whip up a food fight or three.
  29. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    30
    A flatland of lowest-common-denominated retro-collegiate wackiness.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 258 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 53
  2. Negative: 6 out of 53
  1. Feb 4, 2011
    10
    One of my favourite movies of the decade! It made me laugh, which is no mean feat. I've only ever heard good things from people I know who'veOne of my favourite movies of the decade! It made me laugh, which is no mean feat. I've only ever heard good things from people I know who've seen it. A must see! Full Review »
  2. Feb 6, 2012
    8
    -"You my boy blue!"
    -"Well, um, actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we're going to go to Home Depot"
    -Earmuffs This movie has more than
    -"You my boy blue!"
    -"Well, um, actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we're going to go to Home Depot"
    -Earmuffs
    This movie has more than enough laughs to go around, Very very enjoyable movie.
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  3. Feb 8, 2013
    9
    A CRIMINAL comedy It was awesome !!!
    It's not the story, it was common... It's how it's made... full of funny jokes, crazy situations :)))
    A CRIMINAL comedy It was awesome !!!
    It's not the story, it was common... It's how it's made... full of funny jokes, crazy situations :)))
    I'm sure that everyone of you know 3 guys exactly like the 3 main characters :D
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