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29

Metascore

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67
Entertainment Weekly
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.
50
San Francisco Chronicle
Dax Shepard from MTV's "Punk'd," in his first major big-screen role, steals Without a Paddle. Not that it's too hard to do.
50
New York Daily News
There are a few gross-out laughs, but Without a Paddle's gang-written script doesn't know what it wants to be.
50
New York Post
A likable trio of actors struggles valiantly but ultimately fails to keep this dopey buddy comedy afloat.
50
Even in a world where stupidity mixed with cliche is all too often mistaken for humor, this movie barely meets expectations.
40
The Hollywood Reporter
While the likable Seth Green, Matthew Lillard and Dax Shepard are definitely up to the comic excursion, the picture charts an uncertain course between wild and mild, eventually running aground in a pile of male-bonding muck.
38
In a summer filled with dumb comedies, this might prove to be the dumbest. Think "Road Trip" meets "City Slickers." Then dial the humor down a few notches, and you're left Without a Paddle.
38
Philadelphia Inquirer
This so-called comedy is a frayed string of anxious jokes about whether male bonding is manly or sissy.
38
Chicago Tribune
Led by a trio of dumb, dumber and dumbest, Without a Paddle is a testosterone comedy that might just as well be titled "Without a Brain Cell."
25
Never quite as dumb as "Harold & Kumar," but it's nowhere near as smart, and that's what kills it.
20
Well, incredibly stupid is certainly what is delivered to audiences.

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