Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 24
  2. Negative: 17 out of 24
  1. 68
    This lightweight thriller has an enjoyable premise.
  2. Antielitist, anti-hypocrisy, pro-feel-good entertainment.
  3. Cohen drives the film at a galloping pace, but it's not fast enough to outrun its absurdity.
  4. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    You might not want to pay top dollar for The Skulls, but at the right price, it delivers.
  5. Reviewed by: Ron Stinger
    Screenwriter John Pogue and director Rob Cohen expose only the dullness of their own imaginations.
  6. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    Not quite good enough to leave more than a vaguely pleasant, vaguely disappointing aftertaste.
  7. Reviewed by: Robin Rauzi
    It contains, perhaps, one pinkie-toe bone of surprise in its skeleton of cliche.
  8. A fast, slick, outlandish fiasco that starts out well and then seems to drop right off a cliff.
  9. 38
    When it comes to being brainless, The Skulls is at the head of the class.
  10. 30
    An exercise in unintentional farce.
  11. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    Looks plain silly without an appropriate tone or sustaining context.
  12. 30
    Less interested in politics than in profitably flattering the suspicions and resentments of its intended teenage audience.
  13. 30
    Initially tolerable but increasingly stupid thriller.
  14. 25
    So ludicrous in so many different ways it achieves a kind of forlorn grandeur.
  15. So inept it's almost entertaining.
  16. 20
    Energetic and thoroughly brainless.
  17. Full of conspiracies, all The Skulls lacks is a brain.
  18. Reviewed by: Godfrey Chesire
    A silly, hackneyed college suspenser put across with all the contrived banality of a bad '70s TV movie.
  19. 10
    This one's a pile of crap that won't start.
  20. Reviewed by: Graham Verdon
    This skull is brainless.
  21. Never graduates above the boneheaded.
  22. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Plummets into the realm of ludicrous failure.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Dec 1, 2013
    The concept of secret societies has captured people's attention since...forever? "The Skulls" is no different, with its intrigue and a bit of romance. Without giving away plot details, this movie was far more entertaining than the Metacritic score suggests. I actually own this on DVD and would definitely buy this on blu-ray.

    Most importantly... RIP Paul Walker.
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