Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Shawn Badgley
    78
    Mostly Superbad is as soulful and funky as its soundtrack.
  2. 75
    The movie is best when everything is up in the air.
  3. 50
    As films about the young and the horny go, I preferred the smarter approach director Jeffrey Blitz takes in "Rocket Science."
  4. Superbad simply isn't. It isn't super, as it intersperses crudely funny gags with an equal number of dry spots. It isn't ever truly bad, because even the lame segments pass quickly.
  5. 70
    The movie loses credibility with the arrival of Rogen and Bill Hader as two uniformed patrolmen who are drunker and crazier than any high schooler could ever get, but the variety of complications thrown at the three pubescent heroes raises this a cut above most raunchy comedies.
  6. 88
    The movie is astonishingly foul-mouthed, but in a fluent, confident way where the point isn't the dirty words, but the flow and rhythm, and the deep, sad yearning they represent.
  7. In this teen-boy universe, sex is everywhere and nowhere, it's oozing out of every pop culture pore and every other insane boast, yet the idea of figuring out how to talk to girls without turning into a yutz remains elusive.
  8. Superbad is cute if you like guys who aren't even remotely bad, in a coming-of-age tale so old-fashioned the girls might just as well be wearing bloomers.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael Ferraro
    80
    Easily one of the funniest comedies of the year and one you wouldn’t mind seeing again and again.
  10. What with everyone so focused on the raunchiness, it comes as a complete surprise to find that Superbad is in fact a love story.
  11. 75
    Superbad never forgets the lesson one learns when looking back on one's awkward youth: Cool isn't just where society dictates; it is also where you find it.
  12. There is a hint of sentimentality among the pals at the end, but not enough to offset the film's harmless combination of camaraderie and wished-for - oh, how they wish for it - debauchery.
  13. Might be the most provocative teen sex comedy ever made; it is certainly one of the most convulsively funny.
  14. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    75
    Super-vulgar, ridiculously sophomoric, horribly nasty and so hilarious you’ll probably squirt Diet Coke out of your nose within the first 20 minutes.
  15. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    As a "Revenge of the Nerds" redux, Superbad isn't perfect. But it's super close.
  16. Intermittently hilarious if also interminable.
  17. 75
    Filled with nasty, nasty stuff.
  18. Reviewed by: Eric Alt
    75
    Superbad is just a great time, plain and simple.
  19. 75
    What if Quentin Tarantino collaborated with John Hughes on a teen comedy? Superbad is a decent approximation of what the result might be.
  20. 88
    It helps that the fun doesn't stop. It helps even more that the pitch-perfect script doesn’t step out of character for a joke.
  21. 70
    Its pleasures and charms lie in its very crudeness, in the way the characters' thoughts begin in their d---s and spill out of their mouths, completely bypassing their brains.
  22. For pure laughs, for the experience of just sitting in a chair and breaking up every minute or so, Superbad is 2007's most successful comedy.
  23. You don't have to be a teenager to appreciate the raunchy humor and the uninhibited overkill of Seth's porn-obsessed chatter, though it probably helps to be a guy.
  24. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    60
    As lurching, awkward, and dirty-minded as the three horny man-boys at its center--but not, in the end, quite as funny or endearing.
  25. 83
    A funny, boozy, ramshackle party.
  26. Not super, but not bad, the teen comedy, Superbad, is another comic dance across the hormonal minefield of late high school.
  27. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    70
    Some of the patter is funny, but the movie lacks the clever plot developments and the character nuances of a classic like "American Graffiti." And it's missing the belly laughs of earlier raunchfests "American Pie" and "There's Something About Mary."
  28. Horny is as horny does in the sweetly absurd high school comedy Superbad.
  29. 90
    An uproarious and touching picture.
  30. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    50
    To find that valuable truth, you have to dig through an avalanche of d--- jokes and strenuous slapstick.
  31. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    It's mostly very crude, often very funny and a little bit smarter than you might otherwise think.
  32. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    Side-splitting laughter, along with some powerful cringing, are likely to be audiences' dominant reactions.
  33. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    The bawdy jokes score big points, but it's the rueful acknowledgement of adolescent embarrassment and humiliation that most distinguishes Superbad, another ultra-raunchy and commercial sex comedy from the Judd Apatow laugh factory.
  34. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    90
    Superbad is duly ribald and often achingly funny, brewed from the now-familiar Apatow house blend of go-for-broke slapstick and instantly quotable, potty-mouthed dialogue.
  35. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    90
    What's most memorable, most striking about Superbad is the canny evocation of male friendship in all its richness and complexity.
  36. 70
    Christopher Mintz-Plasse steals the movie in his screen debut as a nerd di tutti nerds, a kid whose fake I.D. reads "McLovin."
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 376 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 189
  1. Feb 16, 2013
    3
    It starts off funny, but it is just boring. This is an over-hyped comedy that does nothing but have stupid grotesque jokes. The acting sucked, and practically put me to sleep. Full Review »
  2. Dec 16, 2011
    10
    Such a funny film. Way better than the over apprciated 'The Hangover'. It has a great cast and the story between Mclovin and the cops is so great. It's only fault is it shouldn't be watched with parents, trust me... Full Review »
  3. Jul 26, 2011
    7
    This movie reminded me of when I was young and in high school (even though only 4 years ago). The boy group with contrasting personalities existed in high school (at least in mine). Many pacts they formed (getting laid, being friends from necessity) is very common in high school. Not to mention happy endings near prom! I would have enjoyed this more if I was still in high school but I'm not so it was a little less appealing than it would have been. Full Review »