Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 28
  2. Negative: 9 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    38
    This ultimately disappointing comedy starts reasonably strong, delivers a few good laughs, then rolls over and plays dead.
  2. 38
    For all its crudeness, Phillips' tale of men behaving badly is remarkably toothless.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    It achieves something previously thought impossible: It renders Billy Bob Thornton unfunny.
  4. School for Scoundrels suffers from an old-fashioned identity crisis. The poor thing is awfully confused, and so are we. Is it a black comedy that isn't dark enough? Or a dumb comedy that isn't stupid enough, or a gross-out comedy that isn't yucky enough? Or is it really just a romance comedy that isn't sweet enough? Don't have a clue, but this much is certain: It's definitely a failed comedy that isn't funny enough.
  5. Reviewed by: Toddy Burton
    30
    School for Scoundrels varies between taking itself seriously and not, leaving the viewer alternately confused and disappointed.
  6. Billy Bob Thornton's leer is much in evidence in the shoddy comedy School for Scoundrels, though the tackiness of the film, its lazy direction and its self-satisfied stupidity may mean that Mr. Thornton curled his lip about the production rather than for it.
  7. 25
    School for Scoundrels teaches one important lesson: Avoid any thing carrying the banner of The Weinstein Co., which is to the multiplex what bagged spinach is to the produce aisle.
  8. It would require a near-lethal injection of nitrous oxide to induce laughter.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    25
    School for Scoundrels will only leave you scratching your head in bewilderment and might possibly shave off IQ points.
User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 9 out of 17
  1. Nov 26, 2011
    4
    Billy Bob Thorton is a great lead and plays a wonderful villian and is perfect for this film. Jon Heder though is a terrible lead that does not do a good job at selling his role. What started off promising slowly goes down hill. While there are a few funny moments, You wont miss much by skipping this film. Full Review »
  2. BazzarieN.
    Feb 19, 2008
    8
    After reading the reviews i wasnt expecting much, But it was entertaining! Very much a teen movie, but one of the best of its kind. Fast paced and good fun with a well selected cast. 8/10 ! Full Review »
  3. ZardozO.
    Sep 28, 2007
    3
    Like the critics said... Starts off well and then rolls over and plays... dead.