The Dukes of Hazzard 2005

Critics score:
13 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Connie Ogle, Miami Herald: There's no reason for these good ol' boys to be in a movie this bad. Read more

Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune: Not even a sexy, toned and blossomed blond can distract from the vapid ugliness that is The Dukes of Hazzard. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: Good, stupid fun. Read more

Ted Fry, Seattle Times: The Dukes of Hazzard is just plain awful. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: In stiff competition for the lamest thing ever put on celluloid. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: A decent-enough rambunctious Southern-drive-in sort of time-waster. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: I hated this movie. It represents everything that's wrong with the studio system. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: It's every bit as bad as you thought it'd be. Only worse. Read more

Keith Phipps, AV Club: It's got a few laughs and some impressive car chases, but mostly, it's just a puzzling jumble of gags and exhaust fumes. Read more

Bill Muller, Arizona Republic: The film is marginal for what it is -- a takeoff on a farce. There are only so many layers of sendup until the movie simply spins in the mud, kicking up gravel but going nowhere. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: The Dukes of Hazzard is a cheap, greasy time at the multiplex. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: With no plot, character or dialogue worth experiencing, let alone remembering, the film merely occupies space on the screen and hopes for the best. Read more

Eyder Peralta, Houston Chronicle: After the first chase scene, it's obvious that Scott and Knoxville don't have enough charisma to carry the film, or to even make anarchic destruction and evading the law into something if not sexy at least endearing. Read more

Paul Clinton (, The storyline is so dumb and predictable it wouldn't have even made the grade for an episode of the original TV series. Read more

Michael Booth, Denver Post: Purports to be a remake of a TV show but is more accurately a remake of Jessica's vapid modeling career. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: A comedy that knows just how smart to be about just how dumb it is. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: A movie about absolutely nothing (eat your heart out, Seinfeld), based on a show made when your target audience wasn't even born yet. And they say Hollywood is running out of ideas. Read more

Paul Malcolm, L.A. Weekly: As a salvo in the culture wars, Dukes of Hazzard is a dud, and as an actual movie it doesn't rate much higher. Read more

Gene Seymour, Newsday: It's as dumb as a bag of hammers and as cheesy as, well, macaroni and cheese. But it's a movie that knows how inconsequential it is at the outset and doesn't care much whether you can party with it or not. Read more

Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger: For a movie that posits itself as a celebration of rebel excess, Dukes is pretty tame. Read more

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News: Why fans of the series would pay good money to see something they can see free in TV reruns escapes me. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: The Dukes of Hazzard is the latest evidence that, for Hollywood studios at least, there can never be too much of a mediocre thing. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: The Dukes of Hazzard feels like Hollywood's last idea, a wan desperate wave of red meat redneck humor marketed to red state America. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Straight viewing could result in brain damage. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: A lame-brained, outdated wheeze. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Like most movies based on old television shows, Dukes is all concept, with a few jokes written into its crevices. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Motorheads who want nothing more than a handful of chase sequences may enjoy The Dukes of Hazzard, but everyone else should observe the cautionary yellow flag. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: In lieu of a movie, we get a series of car chases rudely interrupted by the occasional smattering of dialogue. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: Delivering exactly what it promises -- car chasing, girl gazing and yee-hawing -- it takes the high road to low art by remaining faithful to the TV series that spawned it. Read more

Ben Walters, Time Out: Whether you find all this inane or offensive will probably depend on whether you buy the Dukes' defence of 'never meaning no harm'; either way it's pretty hard going. Read more

Mike Clark, USA Today: You can't blame the millions who will fantasize about Gen. Sherman burning the movie's negative, but when it comes to the home market, this will be a good one for its target audience to pass out to. Read more

Brian Lowry, Variety: Assuming that someone was determined to remake this mediocre but iconic TV show, this is probably as good as it's going to get. Read more

Peter L'Official, Village Voice: Prepare to witness an amazing feat of filmmaking: Shocked and delighted will you be to see real Hollywood actors and real musicians outperformed by your favorite inanimate objects! Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: This is one unusual case in which aiming for a middling C grade turns out to be A-plus work. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: So loud, so long, so dumb. Read more