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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. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    An unstable -- if mostly painless -- mix of low comedy, stabs at higher silliness, and schmaltz.
  3. 50
    A likable trio of actors struggles valiantly but ultimately fails to keep this dopey buddy comedy afloat.
  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. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    25
    Never quite as dumb as "Harold & Kumar," but it's nowhere near as smart, and that's what kills it.
  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: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 6 out of 29
  1. 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 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
  2. 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 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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