“She Should Never Have Graduated”
“Its Superhit ”
“This Fluff Stars Alexis Bledel. What Can Be Bad?”
Alexis Bledel plays a Ms. Sunshine who's fresh out of college and unable to find work, and thus -- conveniently for the uninspired makers of this dismayingly conservative dramedy -- she's temporarily bunking back home
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Note to the writer Kelly Fremon: Is Ryden postgraduation or postmortem?
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
There's certainly a lot of material there but none of the comedy works in any way at all and Keaton is a dead zone at the centre of the film.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Post Grad is a collection of unfunny, insipid and predictable vignettes in search of a movie.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
A movie that never quite succeeds in capturing a generation adrift.
Dan Kois - Washington Post
A disjointed patchwork of zany character sketches lacking in coherence and credibility.
Laura Bennett - Boston Globe
Post Grad tries to do three things at once -- and half-hits the mark on only one.
Vadim Rizov - Village Voice
Bledel brings a sweet, steady presence, but this sort of minor project is a step backwards. It's high time she graduated on to bigger and better things.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Post Grad delivers a murky message about love, work, family and Eskimo Pies.
Joanne Kaufman - Wall Street Journal
I would like to take this occasion to lodge a complaint. There is no valid reason, none in the observable universe, why mainstream romantic comedies must adhere to the same script.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Post Grad is all about what happens after you get your diploma, but the movie itself doesn't even earn an E for effort, let alone make the grade.
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
A feel-good movie that made me smile a lot.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The Proposal and The Ugly Truth only wish they had some of the charm of unpretentious diversions such as Bandslam or Post Grad.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Ostensibly a comedy, and a feeble and innocuous one at that, Post Grad is one of those what-were-they-thinking? studio productions that should have been shelved back in the script stage.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Post Grad may be the strangest film of 2009. Unfortunately, not strange in a good way, strange in a bad way.
Tom Long - Detroit News
It's pleasant enough, which is an OK description for a summer afternoon, but not for a movie. At least not one with ambition beyond the standard fare.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
As fiction characters go, Ryden seems as dull as they come, making it hard to muster much sympathy for her plight.
Peter Debruge - Variety
Excessive niceness may be an unfair charge to lob at a movie, but Post Grad is so swaddled in good intentions that it's like taking a very short journey cushioned on all sides by air bags. That are stuffed with cotton candy.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Post Grad is a Devil Wears Prada without the devil, a Reality Bites without any bite -- and not much reality, either.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Post Grad deserves a failing grade.
Greg Quill - Toronto Star
What it eventually becomes is not so much a treatise on the inequities of the workplace as another romantic comedy, light on the comedy and not much heavier on the romance.
- Globe and Mail
Post-Grad finds Alexis Bledel sinking into the quicksand of typecasting, playing nearly the same role she perfected during seven seasons as the ambitious Rory on Gilmore Girls.
Joe Coscarelli - Salon.com
Post Grad isn't funny, surprising, or insightful enough to provoke more than a ho-hum reaction.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A homogenized piffle about the "ordeal" of a middle-class college grad momentarily without a job.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
It has no idea what it wants to be; as a result, it gets nothing right.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
A joyless fluffball about after-college job woes with a dispiriting message for smart young women.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
S. James Snyder - Time Out
- Dark Horizons
Dave White - Movies.com
Director Vicky Jenson has infused Post Grad with all the subtlety and substance of a garden-variety sitcom...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Vicky Jenson's attempt at a go-getting romcom is a tragic underachiever on the com front: the rent-a-quirk characters feel like a Little Miss Sunshine tribute act gone wrong.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
The film is never flat-out terrible - just thoroughly bland.
Trevor Johnston - Radio Times
This lame family-centric comedy desperately wants to be Little Miss Sunshine but ends up - by virtue of the bizarre cast of unfunny characters - like Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
It's of note chiefly for giving likeable performers not one worthwhile thing to do between them.
Mike McCahill - Scotsman
A clumsily scripted, misfiring affair.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
While there's little to hate, there's almost nothing to like in a film this anodyne. The jokes aren't funny, the performances are middling and the storyline predictable.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
he try-hard quirkiness and clunky screenwriting starts to grate after just a few minutes. By the final act, it's not unlike having bamboo splinters inserted under your fingernails.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
A badly written, poorly directed and frequently excruciating comedy-drama that squanders both its talented cast and its potentially interesting premise.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It's not a bad topic for a comedy, especially in the current economic climate, but the film-makers don't have the faintest idea what to do with it.
Nicholas Barber - Independent on Sunday
A corny script and lifeless direction undermine what could have been a potentially enjoyable coming-of-age film about a young woman who thinks she has her life sorted out. Despite the talented cast, the film can only barely generate a smile.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The level of humour is summed up by the scene where a dead cat is buried in a pizza box.
- Heat Magazine
One bland, listless slog.
Neil Smith - Total Film
Post Grad is trying to reproduce the wackily dysfunctional manners of family life that made Little Miss Sunshine a hit, but hasn't the charm, the jokes or, significantly, the nerve.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
...a coming-of-age tableau that is neither inspirational nor uplifting.
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
I know this world of trying to find a job after college. I tried my hand at entertainment journalism, which is crazy. This movie does not represent the humor in the job search. It was laughable what's out there and what I didn't get.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
Bland but certainly not awful, 'Post Grad' will commence quickly to the rental shelf.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Aims for the quirkiness of Little Miss Sunshine and misses by a mile.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
It's a harmless movie that could have been even better if they made Michael Keaton the main star.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
Considering the waste of time, comedic talent and film-financing, it flunks.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Its plot developments are safe and predictable, but the things Post Grad does well suggest it could have been more than just another middling romantic comedy.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
The makers of Post Grad managed to squander a promising and timely concept -- relative scarcity in the job market -- by turning in a screaming dud of a comedy.
Sonny Bunch - Washington Times
I've slogged my way through worse films than Post Grad, but what it lacks in sheer awfulness it more than makes up for in utter pointlessness.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The only thing that works in this film is Zach Gilford, otherwise it feels like a bad mashup of two screenplays, with a terrible life lesson.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
A sweet romantic comedy that would be better suited as a TV movie rather than big screen fare
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
The film seems predisposed to come across as dated and nonspecific as possible.
Robert Levin - Critic's Notebook
Post Grad - 'Gilmore Girl' gone mild
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
As edgy and thought-provoking as a Sarah Palin campaign rally, though with nowhere near the same amount of laughs.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
The story that writer Kelly Fremon wants to tell in Post Grad -- recent college grad strikes out at finding a job, moves back home with her wacky family and finds true love -- is pretty tired.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Even with its appealing cast ... most of the time Post Grad just coasts along, flat as a mortar board and as forgettable as a ... oh, I forgot already.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Jenson and Fremon want to toss in a love triangle, incorporate wacky family problems, and attempt to teach us a lesson about what is really important in life. YUCK!
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Post Grad heaps more bad on top of the bad that it has already delivered until all it can do is wallow in its own cliche, wondering why even the teenage girls in the front row of the theater -- the very girls that should be lapping its message up -
Matthew Razak - Examiner.com
Often drags and falls flat as a stale, contrived drama and painfully unfunny comedy with forgettable, cardboard characters.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
it's not the supporting cast that makes this movie suffer. It's the main characters... they're self-centered, whiney and utterly abrasive people
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Alexis Bledel is miscast as an oddball in Post Grad, but the rest of the movie has oddity aplenty.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
As for Bledel, she's certainly likeable, but lacks any real charisma here.
Peter Paras - E! Online
If Post Grad were a job applicant, it would not be hired. In all likelihood, it would have gotten lost between the elevator and the office, then sat on the floor and dribbled until someone called security.
Eric D. Snider - eFilmCritic.com
In Post Grad, although screwiness abounds, I was wishing there were a bit more rule-breaking.
Graham Killeen - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A classic turkey, the kind of movie you'll look back on at the end of the year and realize you've forgotten about entirely.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
Sweet but instantly forgettable; a fantasy version of post-college life carefully structured to offend no one -- and intrigue no one.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Post Grad is like mashed potatoes without gravy, vanilla ice cream without syrup, seltzer without flavor.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Near the end of the story, Michael Keaton utters what could come to be regarded as the direst threat in movie history: 'From now on, it's Malby time.'
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
It should be popular fare at slumber parties for diligent girls well into the next decade.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Boxoffice Magazine
Post Grad is an annoying, tedious little film that touts a young woman's desire to fulfill her dreams, at least until she drops them and everything else and runs across the country to follow a boy.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
Parental Content Review
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Burnett even offering one of her best comical acts could not save the lousy uninspired script.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
'Relax, kids,' the movie seems to say, 'life after college is like a sitcom.' Uh, yeah.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
No one in the cast, not even the great Carol Burnett, makes much of an impression in a film that virtually defines the word 'unnecessary,' but it does manage to pull double duty as one heck of a sleep aid.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Bledel can carry a film, and her level-headed charm works wonders. At least until Fremon and Jenson turn her into another dithering flick chick whose decisions are dictated by the men in her life.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
A feature-length sitcom,...the kind of slight, vacuous comedy that evaporates long before it completes its tedious circuit to a foreordained happy ending.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
When a film whose cast includes Michael Keaton, Jane Lynch, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson, Demetri Martin, and the now rarely seen Carol Burnett can't scare up more than a smattering of laughs, the patient was never meant to live in the first place.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
Superficial and, by the end, insulting, such an anti-feminist slap in the face that one can scarcely believe the film was written and directed by women.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Post Grad needs to go back to school.
Blake French - Filmcritic.com
The film's typically Hollywood message is timeless: If you're a woman, your dreams and plans are meaningless without a man.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Merely lazy and routine.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
People have names like Ryden Malby only in the movies. And we're only expected to like people like Ryden Malby in the movies... though I don't see why we should give in to that kind of peer pressure.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Ah, the problems of twenty-somethings in the Real(ly Fake) World.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Hopes to be many things to many different audiences. It's a meandering mess of a motion picture, enlivened by a few performances, but ultimately, and quite aggressively, ineffectual and dreary.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
The uncertainty of post-college life is a potential gold mine of interesting material, and this movie avoids nearly all of it.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
What switches Post Grad from the ranks of the merely mediocre films to the lower rungs of really awful ones is its misuse of a lot of talented and funny people.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The movie then works vigorously to squander both talent and timeliness.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Timing's everything in comedy, so perhaps Post Grad would have seemed peppier prior to the Great Recession; circa now, this comedy feels like a cynical stroll through the unemployment lines awaiting today's class of seniors.
S. James Snyder - Time Out New York
After watching Post Grad, you may wonder whether Hollywood will ever stop making generic comedies with zero tolerance for originality.
Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Though supporting players Jane Lynch, Michael Keaton, and Burnett make a valiant go of it, the film, perhaps a casualty of its own meandering aspirations, never graduates to anything special.
Alicia Potter - Boston Phoenix
A wretched dramedy about the depths of twentysomething careerist self-absorption.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
The greatest actress in the history of drama couldn't make first-timer Kelly Fremon's sow's ear of a screenplay into a sow's ear sandwich, much less a silk purse.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
Without Alexis Bledel, this pic would be a TV sitcom. With her, merely passable.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve