Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 32
  2. Negative: 15 out of 32
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  1. 90
    A dark, biting comedy-- funny, smart and full of unpredictable twist and turns.
  2. In his knockout directorial debut writer Kevin Williamson taps into such universal memories with his shrewd and energetic dark comedy.
  3. 70
    Flecked with delicious malice, and the kids, especially newcomer Coughlin, performs with verve and high energy.
  4. Not surprisingly, the best thing on the screen is Mirren.
  5. Williamson's screenplay doesn't match the cleverness of his conceit; it lacks the requisite archness and wit.
  6. Very much a freshman effort, lacking focus, edge.
  7. 50
    The same bland vision of teendom that's become inescapable on the small and big screens.
  8. A derisively vicious show-off satire, a plastic exercise in authority bashing.
  9. 50
    Mirren is about the only reason this slow-moving revenge tale tingles at all.
  10. Reviewed by: Ted Gideonse
    50
    There are some very funny moments, and Coughlan is a delight as Leigh Anne's best friend.
  11. 50
    Wholly predictable and implausible plotting, thin characterizations, and stilted dialogue.
  12. The tone of the film malingers somewhere between hyper-real comedy and thriller, but neither element really shines through.
  13. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    Neither very dark nor particularly funny.
  14. 40
    A wildly uneven and sloppily directed movie, full of clashing tones and undigested bits of superior films.
  15. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    40
    It's too empty to applaud, too insignificant to deplore.
  16. 40
    Williamson's directorial debut is a sad affair, devoid of shocks, surprises, or even his clever trademark diologue.
  17. Newly benign and noticeably clumsier than the hits (Williamson) has written.
  18. Williamson deals mostly in cliches, as if high schoolers weren't smart enough to appreciate anything subtler.
  19. An ugly, failed attempt to pull off a "Heathers"-style, teen-oriented black comedy.
  20. 38
    There is nothing funny about the situation in Teaching Mrs. Tingle.
  21. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    38
    Mostly a screenful of nothingness.
  22. 30
    Yet another black comedy that misunderstands and misrepresents the genre.
  23. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    30
    Underwhelming thriller.
  24. 30
    The new dud from Miramax's Dimension label.
  25. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    30
    A pat, hollow exercises with few tricks (or treats) up its sleeve.
  26. Williamson's script, which he also directed, is spiteful and shallow.
  27. 25
    A mean-hearted, ham-handed and gratuitous effort to exploit it's teenage audience's conviction that, underneath it all, their teachers really. do hate them.
  28. 25
    A spectacularly mediocre movie.
  29. An infuriatingly indulgent piffle of adolescent wish-fulfillment.
  30. 20
    The story is painfully slow.
  31. Lazily written and hopelessly miscast.
  32. One of the worst movies released this year.
User Score
2.1

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. May 17, 2015
    0
    This movie should never have been made. Kevin Williamson is strictly a writer, he wrote the screenplays for the Scream series and The Faculty.This movie should never have been made. Kevin Williamson is strictly a writer, he wrote the screenplays for the Scream series and The Faculty. He'd never directed a movie before this one. His lack of experience shows in in how the movie only has Katie Holmes. Also the plot and his direction go nowhere. The movie pitched itself as a dark comedy but the comedy and the darkness of the movie is its downfall not its empowerment. The movie attempted to emulate the other dark comedies that were released that year, Election and Jawbreaker. This movie is utterly incompetent on every reviewable level and the critical reviews were absolutely accurate with this movie. Full Review »
  2. BradL.
    Dec 26, 2005
    10
    If u haven't seen it, u have missed a lot.