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Based on 28 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
Entertainment Weekly
Arriving amid the traditionally withered harvest of January releases, Orange County is peachy.
Rolling Stone
It's the new year's first happy surprise.
The movie is hipper than its L.A. establishment credentials would suggest.
Film Threat
Not only harmless, but actually quite funny and charming.
Chicago Reader
For my money, what keeps it bearable is mainly the mugging of the older folks -- not just Jack Black, who steals the show in a part seemingly inspired by John Belushi, but Catherine O'Hara, John Lithgow, and cameos by Chevy Chase, Lily Tomlin, and Kevin Kline.
New York Daily News
Under different direction, Orange County might have drawn a savvy cult audience that would appreciate the black-comedy possibilities of Shaun's idolatry of a certain writing professor (Kline), the homoerotic overtones inherent in best-buddydom and pyromania as a sexual turn-on.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
This is a picture with a perfect sense of proportion: There's a mini-Hanks, a mini-Spacek and a mini-Kasdan in a mini-comedy that's minimally entertaining.
Every performer puts vigor into an otherwise limp exercise, as if word were out that this would be the last comedy ever made about late-adolescent concerns.
It should have been a cut above the usual teen comedy. But it touches the same old bases in the same old dumb ways.
Washington Post
The movie is less than nothing special. The movie veers between pretentiousness (oh, the plight of the instant, start-up Artist) and vacuousness.

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