'High School' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   1 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   54 reviews
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    Once the plot has sprung into action, "High School" is a bumpy ride that takes a few amusing dives but never coheres into anything special.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    38
    Somehow, High, directed by newcomer John Stalberg, lured serious talent, including Adrien Brody, Colin Hanks and Michael Chiklis. Even odder: They're the worst actors of the bunch.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew Schenker Village Voice (Top Critic)
    There's a certain relentlessness to the film's stoned vibe that gets under your skin, but it's far from enough to make up for the project's dreary mirthlessness.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    A silly stoner comedy boosted by a few unexpected tweaks, John Stalberg's debut is more notable for its enthusiasm than its originality.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    "High School" is a pun. Get it? This is one of those stoner comedies that may be funny if you're high - but if not, not.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    50
    It's a bit crude, a lot illogical and you might have to be in a certain state of mind to enjoy a film this silly.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Barbara VanDenburgh Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    It's exactly what it appears to be: a funny-enough stoner comedy with a likable cast.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sara Stewart New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    I'm betting director John Stalberg Jr. also debated calling it "Bake Sale," revolving as it does around the mass-dosing of the student body with pot brownies.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    High School sucks harder than it blows.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    A stoner comedy with a slightly musty vintage aroma.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Duane Byrge Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    A sophomoric comedy with honor-roll style and smarts.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Richard Corliss TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    Brody's performance won't earn him a Oscar to place next to the one he earned for The Pianist nine years ago, but it's the only thing that makes High School marginally worth catching.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    20
    Lacking real kick, "High School" winds up as irksome as a bag of ditch weed and as lame as the pun of the film's title.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • R. L. Shaffer IGN DVD
    70
    High School definitely won't be everyone's flavor of pot comedy, but it's certainly a fun trip and a clever spin on the genre.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Witney Seibold CraveOnline
    65
    Surprisingly solid and funny... It's rare for a stoner comedy to have so much ambition.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brent Simon Shared Darkness
    25
    A hot mess whose sub-par direction mostly neutralizes its fantastic comedic premise. High School is a willfully 'stupid' stoner comedy, yes, but it also illustrates the gap between stupid done right and merely indulged too far.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Katey Rich CinemaBlend.com
    HIGH School isn't exactly Harold and Kumar-level genius, but it is worth the legal risk.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    17
    While the movie is insistently unfunny, it's almost tragic how badly director John Stalberg Jr. fumbles the potential for a wacked-out farce, refusing to let loose with the boys as they scramble to maintain order.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeff Bayer The Scorecard Review
    40
    After an amusing start, this film seems to forget it's a pot comedy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jake Mulligan Boston Phoenix
    38
    A pot comedy that won't reward even the most easily satisfied stoner.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    38
    High School suffers from an increasingly stagnant, wheel-spinning midsection that triggers its transformation from passable comedy to interminable disaster.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider EricDSnider.com
    42
    Starts with a viable premise, then veers off into something more mundane.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Norman Wilner NOW Toronto
    60
    One of the broadest, silliest (yet somehow still endearing) stoner comedies in a while, indulging the adult members of the cast with particular gusto.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Common Sense Media
    60
    Low-key but amiable comedy, which borrows from many other movies, but still has its own spirit.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Dequina TheMovieReport.com
    25
    Quickly grows old with no likable characters or anything else, much less genuine wit or humor, to engage.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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