“All-white High Schools Are Boring.”
Once the plot has sprung into action, "High School" is a bumpy ride that takes a few amusing dives but never coheres into anything special.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Somehow, High, directed by newcomer John Stalberg, lured serious talent, including Adrien Brody, Colin Hanks and Michael Chiklis. Even odder: They're the worst actors of the bunch.
Scott Bowles - USA Today
There's a certain relentlessness to the film's stoned vibe that gets under your skin, but it's far from enough to make up for the project's dreary mirthlessness.
Andrew Schenker - Village Voice
A silly stoner comedy boosted by a few unexpected tweaks, John Stalberg's debut is more notable for its enthusiasm than its originality.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
"High School" is a pun. Get it? This is one of those stoner comedies that may be funny if you're high - but if not, not.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
It's a bit crude, a lot illogical and you might have to be in a certain state of mind to enjoy a film this silly.
Tom Long - Detroit News
It's exactly what it appears to be: a funny-enough stoner comedy with a likable cast.
Barbara VanDenburgh - Arizona Republic
I'm betting director John Stalberg Jr. also debated calling it "Bake Sale," revolving as it does around the mass-dosing of the student body with pot brownies.
Sara Stewart - New York Post
High School sucks harder than it blows.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
A stoner comedy with a slightly musty vintage aroma.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
A sophomoric comedy with honor-roll style and smarts.
Duane Byrge - Hollywood Reporter
Brody's performance won't earn him a Oscar to place next to the one he earned for The Pianist nine years ago, but it's the only thing that makes High School marginally worth catching.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Lacking real kick, "High School" winds up as irksome as a bag of ditch weed and as lame as the pun of the film's title.
Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times
High School definitely won't be everyone's flavor of pot comedy, but it's certainly a fun trip and a clever spin on the genre.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Surprisingly solid and funny... It's rare for a stoner comedy to have so much ambition.
Witney Seibold - CraveOnline
A hot mess whose sub-par direction mostly neutralizes its fantastic comedic premise. High School is a willfully 'stupid' stoner comedy, yes, but it also illustrates the gap between stupid done right and merely indulged too far.
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
HIGH School isn't exactly Harold and Kumar-level genius, but it is worth the legal risk.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
After an amusing start, this film seems to forget it's a pot comedy.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
While the movie is insistently unfunny, it's almost tragic how badly director John Stalberg Jr. fumbles the potential for a wacked-out farce, refusing to let loose with the boys as they scramble to maintain order.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Low-key but amiable comedy, which borrows from many other movies, but still has its own spirit.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
A pot comedy that won't reward even the most easily satisfied stoner.
Jake Mulligan - Boston Phoenix
High School suffers from an increasingly stagnant, wheel-spinning midsection that triggers its transformation from passable comedy to interminable disaster.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Starts with a viable premise, then veers off into something more mundane.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
One of the broadest, silliest (yet somehow still endearing) stoner comedies in a while, indulging the adult members of the cast with particular gusto.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
Quickly grows old with no likable characters or anything else, much less genuine wit or humor, to engage.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
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Gabe Toro - The Playlist
It's about a 'high' school, and once you've gotten that you've pretty much figured out this stoner comedy.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
Might look better through a haze of the right kind of smoke. But unassisted it's just too sloppy and puerile to be more than sporadically funny.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
If it ever opens at a theater near you, remember: Just say no.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
The only good news for everyone involved: The worst moment in your career is surely behind you.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
No contact high is acquired.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
... the low-brow script feels thrown together from a series of frat-house tweets.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
W're left with poorly reasoned scenes and storylines that dangle like a pothead's unfinished sentences.
Annlee Ellingson - Paste Magazine
A stoner comedy that runs out of gas.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
The movie goes flat when it needs to be upping the tempo and hitting new heights of absurdity.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
When all else fails, make a joke about balls.
Matt Pais - RedEye
There's no heartfelt bond between the generic main characters, no emotional drive or urgency or pithy observations about life and high school. "High School" only emphasizes the "high."
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
...so bad it almost gives me fond memories of "Detention."
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
High School has such a winning premise that you want to send everyone involved in making it back to the drawing board for a do-over - just take it from the top, folks, and this time everyone actually have a good time.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
I watched this seemingly endless flick with hardly a smile, never mind a laugh.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Surely this could be a fine premise for an entertaining stoner flick. It isn't.
Amy Biancolli - San Francisco Chronicle
Can audiences who've seen the Harold & Kumar films and watched Method Man and Redman smoke John Quincy Adams' bones in How High settle for so little?
Keith Phipps - AV Club
Not only is this drug-related film not as funny as the likes of "Pineapple Express," it isn't even as funny as "Midnight Express"
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Spurts of loony inspiration aside -- Chiklis rivals Animal House's Dean Wormer for pure hissable self-righteousness -- this is mostly all reefer, no madness.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out New York
Through it all, Stalberg and company manage to create some creative visuals involving the paranoia and/or the ecstasy of being high, even if the sequences begin to blur into one hazy memory after awhile.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Dear Adrien Brody: Playing a crazy drug dealer is not as funny as being an Oscar-winner who shows up in a commercial for razor blades.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
[VIDEO ESSAY] Stoner-friendly B-movies don't come much closer to producing a contact high than this dastardly little comedy.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
John Stalberg's film proves incapable of striking even a faint comedic spark.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Yes, the drugs-can-be-fun message is somewhat questionable, but sharp writing and a thoroughly engaging cast makes it great fun to watch.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
A stoner comedy worthy of being mentioned in the same paragraph as both Dazed and Confused and the great John Hughes.
Neil Miller - Film School Rejects
Coasts over its missteps and succeeds on equal parts quick humor, likable characters, and pure energy. Oh, and weed.
Scott Weinberg - Cinematical
Despite its stoner credentials, High School thrives on speed.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
destined to take its place among classics like HALF-BAKED and UP IN SMOKE
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium