(2003)

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Metascore

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88
The whole plot is a shambles. And yet none of this matters much when you're laughing as hard as this film makes you laugh.
75
It's also a message movie, about as weighty as Lara Flynn Boyle and twice as absurd. But I'd like to report that I had an excellent time.
70
The disconnect between what men say and what they do makes Old School funnier than most of its gags and it also invests the movie with curious pathos.
63
In lieu of a toga party, one scene treats us to an octogenarian fraternity member wrestling two topless townie lookers slathered in KY Gel. Hey, there's no stopping progress.
63
New York Post
Ultimately, the immensely personable and talented lead actors manage to push aside the disquieting notion that this group of men are so emotionally stunted that they're happy to abandon their wives and children for the sake of a party.
63
ReelViews
Old School is exactly what director Todd Phillips intends for it to be: low-brow, moronic to a fault, and occasionally side-splittingly funny.
58
Entertainment Weekly
Under Reitman's deanship, Ferrell lets his freak flag fly and Vaughn unlooses a notably funny, light-on-his-feet lunkheadedness.
50
Only fitfully funny, except when Ferrell is onscreen -- then you won't stop laughing.
50
The saving grace of Old School is that it has about a dozen funny moments. These moments aren't mildly funny or chuckle funny but really funny.
50
New York Daily News
A deliberately stupid movie whose crazy charm wins you over in the end.
50
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Speaking of funny things, director Todd Phillips has been down this path before in "Road Trip." There, toiling in the same lame genre, he actually showed a hint of comic ingenuity. Here, the hint has dwindled to a hoarse whisper.
38
Philadelphia Inquirer
Old School has all the ingredients of an uproarious campus comedy, but it lacks a boisterous short-order cook who could whip up a food fight or three.

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