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62

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Based on 32 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
Boston Globe
It's much closer to a European film in sensibility than to one of Hollywood's factory products.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
Everything comes up forced and predictable in the nostalgic overload of bongs, Top 40 rock and boys' bluster about sex.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Despite its familiar formula, feels fresh.
75
New York Daily News
It stands apart when it comes to its extravagant humor and non-judgmental '70s-era reality (smoking dope, hitching rides, playing Frisbee, hanging out).
75
Like Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused," Outside Providence reminisces vividly, recalling the era fondly but not with too much sugar.
75
Baltimore Sun
Possesses memorable portrayals of thoroughly original characters and draws a beguilingly bleak portrait of its Rhode Island settings.
70
Rolling Stone
Baldwin is a marvel in a casting surprise that pays off.
63
New York Post
Peter Farrelly is angry at Miramax for marketing his and his brother Bobby's new film as a follow-up to their surprise smash hit, "There's Something About Mary."
50
USA Today
Reeks of the kind of atmosphere that makes you reach for the Lysol.
42
Entertainment Weekly
This unexceptional 1970s coming-of-age story is neither outrageous, new, nor comedic.
35
Mr. Showbiz
Plays like mediocre outtakes from better bell-bottomed fare (Richard Linklater's authentic, seriocomic "Dazed and Confused"; Fox's "That '70s Show") without making any kind of impression of its own.

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