Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Apr 27, 2011
    80
    A highly entertaining original movie that's funny, touching and real.
  2. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Apr 27, 2011
    75
    Will Miss Perfect fall for the Leader of the Pack? It helps that he's played by Thomas McDonell, who's not only a dead ringer for the young Johnny Depp but also has a comparable charisma.
  3. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Apr 29, 2011
    70
    A good-hearted, perfectly watchable bonbon.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Apr 28, 2011
    70
    There are new tweeners every year. To them, the characters and plot devices in this perfectly competent film might well seem fresh.
  5. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Apr 28, 2011
    70
    Prom has sweetness, nonthreatening conflict, and enough personality to distance it from the chilling anodyne of Disney's television vehicles.
  6. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Apr 27, 2011
    70
    The movie has a cheerful good nature and a solid cast of youngsters - including Aimee Teegarden and Thomas McDonell - but any resemblance between this and real high school is, of course, purely coincidental.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Apr 29, 2011
    63
    A predictable but painless pastiche of high school drama clichés that will give its intended tween audience a lot to squeal about -- and leave their parents reminiscing quietly about how good films from '80s icon John Hughes were.
  8. Reviewed by: Tom Horgen
    Apr 29, 2011
    63
    A fairy-tale teenage romantic comedy that makes "The Breakfast Club" look edgy. And that's just fine, because this Disney product does straight-laced fairly well.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Apr 28, 2011
    63
    The cast's newcomers mix and mingle with ease with the hardened alums of Disney and Nickelodeon TV series.
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Apr 28, 2011
    63
    Prom has its modest delights, chiefly its young cast.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 27, 2011
    60
    An adorable cast ought to provide some appeal for tweens and tykes, though interest should gradually dwindle the closer one gets to actual prom-going age.
  12. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Apr 26, 2011
    60
    Fortunately, Teegarden and McDonell make up for the hand-me-down plotting with a sweet, unaffected chemistry.
  13. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Apr 26, 2011
    60
    Katie Wech's script is a carousel of reassuringly familiar plot lines, kept smoothly revolving.
  14. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Apr 29, 2011
    50
    Some movies are in-between and inoffensive and harm absolutely no one. Prom is one of those.
  15. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 29, 2011
    50
    So strenuously inoffensive it makes Disney's "High School Musical" look almost racy by comparison.
  16. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Apr 29, 2011
    50
    More interestingly, it's also kind of sweet in a contrived and fumbling first-kiss sort of way.
  17. Reviewed by: Sandie Angulo Chen
    Apr 28, 2011
    50
    Nor will you find much excitement, tension or resemblance to actual teen culture in this whitewash of the quintessential rite of passage.
  18. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Apr 28, 2011
    50
    That Prom plays as pleasantly and inoffensively as it does is due to the performances, particularly McDonell as the rebellious Jesse.
  19. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Apr 27, 2011
    50
    Disney's Prom is to real high school what "High School Musical" was to "West Side Story" – all fluff, no edge.
  20. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Apr 28, 2011
    42
    It's the sort of film Robert Altman might have made if he cut his teeth working for The Disney Channel.
  21. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 29, 2011
    40
    A movie that's so anachronistically mushy and awkward, it earns extra credit simply for being so innocent.
  22. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Apr 28, 2011
    38
    Here's a by-the-playbook movie if ever there was one.
  23. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Apr 29, 2011
    30
    A would-be tween-oriented hit so scrubbed and sanitized and not worthy of paying attention to that it can barely be said to exist at all.
  24. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Apr 28, 2011
    20
    These are boys and girls on their very best behavior, which doesn't sound like any prom you or I remember.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Mar 26, 2012
    10
    Prom, aww, pretty film. I love all the works that Disney do, and Prom is an excellent example. The trama is very funny, the characters, story, all is funny in this film. Full Review »
  2. May 6, 2011
    4
    It seems as though a writing team outlined the whole movie with plenty of characters and situations and simply forgot to add the actual writing and, more importantly, the heart. You'd never want to see this movie a second time, like you would a John Hughes movie or even 10 Things I Hate About You or Can't Hardly Wait. Teegarden's character is so flat through so much of the movie, only to open up a bit at the very end. And her parents?? Hank from Breaking Bad was so underutilized, and when he does his "bad thing", the wife has no reaction. She can either be pissed or supportive, but she can't do nothing! It's a cop out. Small point, but come on! Full Review »
  3. Feb 4, 2013
    7
    A well done Disney film for teenagers and is not like one of the unbelievable teen films of the last 20 years. The film itself is funny, realistic, and heartwarming I've never seen a film like this in the last couple of years with a sense of reallity and good clean comedy that doesn't promote drugs or alcohol at any levels. Full Review »