Metascore
12

Overwhelming dislike - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 28
  2. Negative: 27 out of 28
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  1. 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.
  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. 33
    A disappointing venture. If only it had been more clever, perhaps darker.
  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. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    30
    Awful and subversively spunky at the same time.
  8. A discordant comedy that gives bad taste a bad name.
  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. 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.
  11. An odd little movie. And not in a good way.
  12. Reviewed by: Jonathan Perry
    25
    There's scant character development, pedestrian dialogue, and an almost complete lack of humor.
  13. 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.
  14. 20
    The title not only describes its main characters, but the lazy people behind the camera as well.
  15. 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.
  16. 20
    Schwartzman steals Slackers without much effort, but it's not worth the theft.
  17. 20
    Slackers is supposed to be a gross-out comedy, but the tastelessness of its jokes is nothing compared to its sheer cluelessness.
  18. Reviewed by: Patrick Z. McGavin
    12
    Not only is Slackers painfully bad, but it's also about as morally unpleasant as a teen sex comedy can be.
  19. Slackers is, well, consummately cheesy. Ugh.
  20. How bad is it? Let me count just some of the ways.
  21. So lazy and slipshod it confuses the mere flashing of kinky soft-core imagery with naughty fun.
  22. 10
    A shit stain on the genre.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. A singularly distasteful campus romp.
  27. 0
    Stinks like a cat box that hasn't been changed in a hundred years.
User Score
4.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 5 out of 23
  1. Mar 27, 2015
    9
    Was just shocked to find Slackers in the "bottom 50 movies of the century" list. This is a great comedy. It's definitely a b-movie, but itWas just shocked to find Slackers in the "bottom 50 movies of the century" list. This is a great comedy. It's definitely a b-movie, but it has a ton of laughs, and bizarre performances. My sister and I still quote this movie to this day. Full Review »
  2. ChrisA.
    Mar 20, 2007
    10
    This movie is amazing. It has great inside jokes and is bursting with awkwardness. Basically, if they had tried harder this film could not 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 »
  3. EvA.
    Nov 1, 2006
    10
    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 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 »