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75
Uproarious and unexpectedly biting.
50
Entertainment Weekly
Director Todd Phillips tries for the kind of frat slaphappiness he applied so successfully to "Old School," but these boys are less scoundrels than individual salesmen for the brands of Heder and Thornton.
50
Philadelphia Inquirer
Despite the appeal of cobra-eyed Thornton and bunny-nosed Heder, Scoundrels trips early, and often.
50
New York Daily News
In the funniest and, coincidentally, most "Jackass"-like scene in Todd Phillips' School for Scoundrels, a planned game of paintball gets off to a bad start when the players begin shooting each other at point-blank range.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
An inert and muddled mash-up of romantic comedy and theater of stupid cruelty.
50
Miami Herald
In post-"Wedding Crashers" Hollywood, the entire exercise feels dated (just as the comedy's PG-13 rating -- this in spite of a recurring rape joke -- makes it feel neutered).
50
A grim experience, with too little wit and humor to compensate for its faults, and the upbeat ending feels like a cheat. Thornton is good, but not worth the price of a ticket.
50
Charlotte Observer
Thornton and Heder perform at about half their maximum wattage, which isn't enough to power the inert script.
38
Chicago Tribune
This ultimately disappointing comedy starts reasonably strong, delivers a few good laughs, then rolls over and plays dead.
25
It would require a near-lethal injection of nitrous oxide to induce laughter.
25
School for Scoundrels will only leave you scratching your head in bewilderment and might possibly shave off IQ points.

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