Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 32
  2. Negative: 15 out of 32
  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. 50
    Wholly predictable and implausible plotting, thin characterizations, and stilted dialogue.
  7. 50
    The same bland vision of teendom that's become inescapable on the small and big screens.
  8. Very much a freshman effort, lacking focus, edge.
  9. 50
    Mirren is about the only reason this slow-moving revenge tale tingles at all.
  10. A derisively vicious show-off satire, a plastic exercise in authority bashing.
  11. Reviewed by: Ted Gideonse
    50
    There are some very funny moments, and Coughlan is a delight as Leigh Anne's best friend.
  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
    Williamson's directorial debut is a sad affair, devoid of shocks, surprises, or even his clever trademark diologue.
  15. 40
    A wildly uneven and sloppily directed movie, full of clashing tones and undigested bits of superior films.
  16. Newly benign and noticeably clumsier than the hits (Williamson) has written.
  17. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    40
    It's too empty to applaud, too insignificant to deplore.
  18. 38
    There is nothing funny about the situation in Teaching Mrs. Tingle.
  19. An ugly, failed attempt to pull off a "Heathers"-style, teen-oriented black comedy.
  20. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    38
    Mostly a screenful of nothingness.
  21. Williamson deals mostly in cliches, as if high schoolers weren't smart enough to appreciate anything subtler.
  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. 25
    A spectacularly mediocre movie.
  27. Williamson's script, which he also directed, is spiteful and shallow.
  28. An infuriatingly indulgent piffle of adolescent wish-fulfillment.
  29. 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.
  30. 20
    The story is painfully slow.
  31. Lazily written and hopelessly miscast.
  32. One of the worst movies released this year.

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