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Kids facing the SAT in real life may appreciate this movie, if only because it'll make them feel so much smarter than these characters. For the rest of us, it flunks.
Succeeds because at its core it is about the very different pressures very different young adults face, and the test that insists on judging them as one and the same.
Despite the serious subject matter, director Brian Robbins can't decide whether this is a drama, a satire or an American Pie-style teen spoof, and the film dissolves into a shapeless, weightless mass.
Its rebel yell takes a back seat to the inevitabilities of the squeaky plot.
Los Angeles Times:
When the most entertaining thing about a film is the printed press material that mimics the look of the test, you know you're in trouble.
Almost nothing about this MTV production, a heist movie about standardized testing, works.
Scribes Marc Hyman, Mark Schwahn and Jon Zack have crafted a snappy romp about right, wrong, and the teasing in-between.
Globe and Mail:
Even among the ranks of the diminutive, this one's got nothing to boast about.
This undercooked high school heist movie is disfigured by flabby dialogue ... unfunny pratfalls and criminally slack pacing.
Obvious, broad and burdened by leaden lines of dialogue that are dropped here and there like demented coconuts.
Strains to be a hip splice of Ocean's Eleven and The Breakfast Club, but plays more like a never-ending civics lecture, trying to mask its pervasive lameness in visual zip and savvy reference points.
New York Daily News:
It's not funny, though it tries to be, and it has nothing serious to say about the politics of the SATs, though it purports to.
New York Times:
Six New Jersey teenagers conspire to steal the answers to the SAT in this thin, pleasant teenage heist comedy.
Surprisingly smart, surprisingly wise, predictably funny and yet unpredictable in general, it punctures stereotypes and taps into 17-year-old angst.
Next time, director Robbins and his screenwriters should spend a few hours inside a real high school rather than re-hashing stock stereotypes from bad '80s movies.
It's too palatable. It maintains a tone of light seriousness, and it depends on the caper for too much of its entertainment value.
Lively and fun in places, but overall it has a listless, tepid feel.
San Francisco Chronicle:
A dull film with unsympathetic characters brought together by a gimmicky premise that's handled with no imagination and a pristine fraudulence of emotion.
Is there not something just plain wrong with a movie about cheating on exams that's less fun than taking one?
Johansson's nearly deadpan deliveries are looking adaptable to a variety of roles, and the Nam character's stoned demeanor gets laughs in a variety of situations.