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. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    60
    This year's kinder, gentler "Animal House."
  2. 60
    A good laugh is almost never a bad thing and almost every frame of Old School is grade A goofball fun.
  3. 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.
  4. Under Reitman's deanship, Ferrell lets his freak flag fly and Vaughn unlooses a notably funny, light-on-his-feet lunkheadedness.
  5. A deliberately stupid movie whose crazy charm wins you over in the end.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 50
    Only fitfully funny, except when Ferrell is onscreen -- then you won't stop laughing.
  12. 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.
  13. 40
    A comedy with a terrific premise and little else.
  14. 40
    A dumb guy comedy about dumb guys by dumb guys and for dumb guys.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 257 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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