Overwhelming dislike - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 28
  2. Negative: 27 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    There are laughs here, but easily as many groans.
  2. So patchy in its laughs, so calculated in its grossness and so lacking in genuine comic exuberance, it makes you look at "Road Trip" in an admiring new light.
  3. 38
    Once again, we have a movie where the jokes are aimed at the least common denominator - meaning that to genuinely enjoy the experience of sitting through Slackers, you will need help from a controlled substance.
  4. Before immediately handing the movie an F and sending it off to summer school, give the filmmakers, and especially co-star Jason Schwartzman, credit for their anarchic willingness to try anything to shock a laugh loose from an audience.
  5. The movie doesn't so much extend Schwartzman's antic outsider persona from ''Rushmore'' as uglify it, reducing him to the ultimate Uncool Anti-WASP.
  6. 33
    A disappointing venture. If only it had been more clever, perhaps darker.
  7. 30
    The most that can be said for Slackers -- aside from the unqualified pleasure of Schwartzman's unfaked, puppyish weirdness -- is that it doesn't abandon its putrid ideals for the sake of a neat finish.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Awful and subversively spunky at the same time.
  9. Slackers depends on the pathetic Ethan and the flatulent Sam for most of its laughs, and both characters are more revolting than amusing.
  10. A discordant comedy that gives bad taste a bad name.
  11. Reviewed by: Jonathan Perry
    There's scant character development, pedestrian dialogue, and an almost complete lack of humor.
  12. An odd little movie. And not in a good way.
  13. The roll call of perversions and adolescent sex gags are more creepy than kooky and the sudden shift to triumphant romantic sincerity at the climax rings as false as this film's sappy (sorry, happy) ending.
  14. 20
    The gags are familiar collegiate stuff, involving horny young men, horny old whores -- horny young tramps -- silly foreigners, uptight authority figures, homosexuals and sassy fat women.
  15. 20
    The title not only describes its main characters, but the lazy people behind the camera as well.
  16. 20
    Slackers is supposed to be a gross-out comedy, but the tastelessness of its jokes is nothing compared to its sheer cluelessness.
  17. 20
    Schwartzman steals Slackers without much effort, but it's not worth the theft.
  18. A standard issue undergrad gross-out comedy notable only for the showy role it provides Jason Schwartzman, well-remembered as "Rushmore's" geeky high school student Max Fischer.
  19. Reviewed by: Patrick Z. McGavin
    Not only is Slackers painfully bad, but it's also about as morally unpleasant as a teen sex comedy can be.
  20. Slackers is, well, consummately cheesy. Ugh.
  21. 10
    A shit stain on the genre.
  22. So lazy and slipshod it confuses the mere flashing of kinky soft-core imagery with naughty fun.
  23. How bad is it? Let me count just some of the ways.
  24. A dirty movie. Not a sexy, erotic, steamy or even smutty movie, but a just plain dirty movie. It made me feel unclean, and I'm the guy who liked "There's Something About Mary" and both "American Pie" movies.
  25. A singularly distasteful campus romp.
  26. 0
    Barely proficient on a craft level, this jumble of putatively comic misunderstanding and overly familiar crude burlesque achieves its nadir with a cameo from Mamie Van Doren, a degrading, shameful turn that lays bare, all too literally, the filmmakers' contempt for women.
  27. 0
    Stinks like a cat box that hasn't been changed in a hundred years.
  28. Alas, Slackers sucks. It's so bad Schwartzman can't save it, though he tries mightily; a flash of nudity from Pearl Harbor babe and male-named model-turned-actress James King isn't even worth the price of a video rental down the line.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. ChrisA.
    Mar 20, 2007
    This movie is amazing. It has great inside jokes and is bursting with awkwardness. Basically, if they had tried harder this film could not have been better. The only reason people don't like it is because they lack the creativty to identify with characters that have techniques such as "the seed of doubt." That is brilliant! Full Review »
  2. EvA.
    Nov 1, 2006
    This movie may be crude and limited, but looks at it's following. There is obviously a chemistry between the cast members that draws new fans with every viewing. Full Review »