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  • Summary: This comic adventure begins when three childhood buddies decide to pursue their boyhood dream of finding legendary bank robber DB Cooper's stash in the Oregon wilderness. (Paramount Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 27
  2. Negative: 15 out of 27
  1. There are some genuinely clever moments of physical comedy, and the inevitable crudeness is offset by winning whimsy. Without has all the freshness of moldering Playboys stashed under a mattress, but it evokes what few boys-will-be-boys larks can: chumminess.
  2. Even in a world where stupidity mixed with cliche is all too often mistaken for humor, this movie barely meets expectations.
  3. Reviewed by: Sara Gebhardt
    50
    The cheesy, unconvincing moments centered on the characters' serious discussions of life and friendship really seem unnatural and ruin the flow of the physical comedy.
  4. This so-called comedy is a frayed string of anxious jokes about whether male bonding is manly or sissy.
  5. 30
    Every situation, every bit of dialogue, comes straight out of the Big Book of Movie Clichés.
  6. Yet another raunchy, gross-out farce, this one about smart-alecky city boys who have wacky adventures while exposing themselves in -- I mean to -- the great outdoors.
  7. Director Brill makes no stylistic advances from his recent work with Adam Sandler (Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds), and shows no signs of seeking growth or improvement.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 7 out of 31
  1. SteveP.
    Apr 15, 2006
    9
    I don't understand why critics hate this type of film. It was fun, comidic, and at times suprisingly exciting. The meaning, thought I don't understand why critics hate this type of film. It was fun, comidic, and at times suprisingly exciting. The meaning, thought light, is not a half bad one. The action was good. Thought it was not a roll on the floor comidy, like Dodge Ball, it was funny. Give this film a chance. Expand
  2. Jun 2, 2013
    8
    Is it a stupid movie? Absolutely but it's a freakin hilarious movie and so very memorable. It's the kind of movie that really sticks into yourIs it a stupid movie? Absolutely but it's a freakin hilarious movie and so very memorable. It's the kind of movie that really sticks into your head, Even if it's been years since you have seen it. If it airs on TV or something, I would happily sit down and watch it because it suprisingly is able to retain most of it's value despite having seen it a good 7-8 times. It's a cult classic and that's pretty rare to see now-a-days. Critics got this movie dead wrong. Expand
  3. Aug 13, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It's seriously one of the funniest movie i have seen in years and the actors were actually pretty good.The best moment was when Seth Green's character was stuck with the bear. Expand
  4. JoshuaH.
    Oct 22, 2005
    7
    Despite it's shortcomings, this is truly a good movie. Not only is there a buddy film here, but a couple of good lessons, a couple of Despite it's shortcomings, this is truly a good movie. Not only is there a buddy film here, but a couple of good lessons, a couple of hotties in a tree, and a couple of gruesom redneck villians. Poop jokes and potfields aside, I enjoyed the film. Expand
  5. Sep 29, 2013
    7
    This is one of many examples where the "users" the viewing public loves a movie and the critics hate it. You are entitled to conclude thatThis is one of many examples where the "users" the viewing public loves a movie and the critics hate it. You are entitled to conclude that in such cases, the critics tag onto one of their smartass, snooty brethren and diss the hell out of an otherwise enjoyable movie. "Without a Paddle" is definitely one of those.

    Another issue is plausibility always a challenge for writers: How far can you stretch reality without the audience going "Oh, man, that's just not real!" There are a number of events in this movie that are not real but they're close enough to buy them, and doing so gives you a good feeling. It's in the category of, "You know, by god, it just might have happened that way." And when accompanied by some laughs, as here, it works just fine.

    So hats off to the "Without a Paddle" crew, and a royal razzberry to the critics. I give it a solid Seven.
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  6. Jul 18, 2014
    1
    Matthew Lillard is a good actor (see Scream) and Seth Green is quite a good voice actor (see Family Guy, Robot Chicken ect.) and yet bothMatthew Lillard is a good actor (see Scream) and Seth Green is quite a good voice actor (see Family Guy, Robot Chicken ect.) and yet both (especially Green) acted horrifically. It's painful to watch; I think I smiled weakly once.

    Just a badly made, terrible film.
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