Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 32
  2. Negative: 15 out of 32
Watch On
  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.
User Score
1.9

Overwhelming dislike- based on 71 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.