User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 3 out of 29
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  1. LarryA.
    Feb 17, 2001
    2
    I have not seen the movie. Given that the previews highlight one of the children making fun of the principal's "big, hairy butt that I love to scratch," I'm sure that neither I nor my children ever will. What does a movie have to do these days to not get a "G" rating?
  2. RyanM.
    May 26, 2001
    2
    Not too enjoyable. If you compare this children's film to "Shrek" or "The Grinch" it looks like an overdrawn piece of cr*p. The series does actually spark a few plugs but the movie doesn't at all.
  3. R.S.avalon
    Dec 23, 2003
    3
    This is not very entertaining it is boring and dwells on a bit!
Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. 31
    The movie is so slovenly in its animation and graceless in its writing that few viewers over the age of 9 are likely to notice.
  2. It's fun, it's kind of somber and it succeeds in making you think about how you might be squandering middle age.
  3. 30
    The unfortunate thing is that children will probably waste their summers indoors watching "Recess" over and over again.