Clever, brilliantly shot, and dropdown funny, Project X delivers the raunchy goods in spades.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
[It] feeds I Love the '80s cliches through a kind of bobbing-camera Mixmaster. It's Can't Hardly Wait for the age of Jersey Shore.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
The "Animal House" of the iPhone generation? Could be. Pretty enjoyable for parents too.
Neil Genzlinger - New York Times
[It] would be every parent's worst nightmare if it weren't so inane.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
A thin, painfully overlong comedy about an out-of-control party thrown by a trio of high-school losers.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
This is a music video, a commercial, a deluxe MySpace page, with knockoffs of the boys from "Superbad.''
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
"There's a midget in the oven!" is about as inspired as the dialogue and set pieces get in this queasy-making entertainment about a 17-year-old dude's birthday bacchanalia.
Melissa Anderson - Village Voice
The only people likely to buy into the oh-so-shocking exploits of the teen comedy "Project X" are those who can't get invited to their own high school parties.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
This is a film desperately in need of a McLovin. Also, jokes would help. And comedic chemistry between the actors. And an ending that isn't a bolted-on cop-out. Save yourselves. It's too late for me.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
As party porn goes, "Project X" has its moments. In terms of drama, character or intelligence, it's pure bong water.
Tom Long - Detroit News
The whole thing is chaotic and crazy, but it's also fairly predictable.
Randy Cordova - Arizona Republic
With its cast of unfamiliar faces and catalog of underage wish-fulfillment fantasies, this game-changing instant classic will doubtless inspire imitators.
Peter Debruge - Variety
There is no way you could make this movie stupider or more pointlessly noisy than it already is.
Sara Stewart - New York Post
The parent and homeowner in me were appalled by the debauchery and incredible property damage. The teenage boy in me couldn't help but smirk anyway.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Pasadena, in case you were wondering, is where the meaning of the word "epic" goes to die.
William Goss - Film.com
It's a perfectly lame movie that speaks intriguingly to the way we live now.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Ultimately, Project X is an example of why gimmicks rarely work, especially once the new shine has worn off.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Have teenagers always been this idiotic or does Project X move the goalposts?
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
"Project X" grows repetitive and starts running out of steam, and you begin to wonder what could possibly occur over the remaining 30 minutes or so.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The movie has all the heft of a tweet, but Philips has made it look pimp and, until the police end the party, Project X really is a riot.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Halfway through this movie I thought I was giving it an F, but then...
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
"Project X" bears a cravenly piggish attitude toward rewarding socially unacceptable behavior that feels unseemly rather than exciting, so-what rather than so-funny and obvious instead of new.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
Superbad for bullies.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
A politically-incorrect and surprisingly uneven teen comedy that 20-somethings will likely enjoy.
John Hanlon - John Hanlon Reviews
PROJECT X is the male gaze substantiated and concentrated into ninety sweaty minutes.
Project X misses the mark some of the time, but makes up for it by hosting the party of the decade.
Christian Law - We Got This Covered
Unlike prior 'house party' movies, Project X says nothing meaningful about its subject matter and, instead, paints teens as unlikeable and reckless automatons.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
Kristal Cooper - We Got This Covered
There'll be many middle-aged, middle class haters declaring it morally bankrupt, but most will be able to file it under 'Guilty Pleasures' alongside Jackass, Bachelor Party and...er...forcing your pet to dance on its hind legs.
Matt Looker - TheShiznit.co.uk
It wants to be the ultimate party movie, but its mean-spirited nastiness, dedication to shock-value humor, and lack of any kind of base-level humanity proves that it's really the ultimate teensploitation film.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
- Urban Cinefile
An enjoyable, if very sloppy, jaunt into total anarchy, Project X isn't a film about morals, but what happens when all rules are thrown out the window.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
It's kind of like reality TV. You get what you pay for.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Laughs? Just one or two chuckles. Acting? Pretty flat. X stands for Xcuse to shrug off empty-spectacle moviemaking as awesome partying for Hollywood's coveted teen demographic. X marks that Xtremely cynical profiteering spot atop the box office.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Except for bits concerning the dog, I didn't hear myself laughing.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
None of these people resembles any teen anybody really knows. And thank god for that.
Tim Grierson - Gawker
If you don't mind the adolescent male point-of view (read: constant objectifying of the opposite sex) there's plenty to enjoy here.
Simon Weaving - Screenwize
The party won't stop, even though you want it to.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Overloaded with foul language, gratuitous nudity, obnoxious characters, and the sub-standard cinematography of the "found footage" style.... But damn if it's not entertaining.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
"Project X" is that beau who sets off warning bells when he's there to date your little girl. You won't want to let her out the door with this creep.
A bad-taste comedy with energy and anarchy to spare -- maybe too much of both
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
An unhealthy strain of misogyny runs through the dialogue, and the film- makers' unquestioning acceptance of high-school one-upmanship fairly turns the stomach.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
Although much of this obvious yet ingenious film is filler, it may be a game-changer in its genre, and its fiery, almost apocalyptic final act recalls the liberating anarchy of the great 'Rock 'n' Roll High School.'
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
... a lame, laughless, pathetic little comedy.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
'Project X' is probably the most persuasive argument for retiring the 'found footage' genre.
Dan Lybarger - KC Active
The film's clumsy attempts to give its characters some emotional depth feel tacked-on and disingenuous.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
...substituting crudity and shock value for intelligence and wit, this seems to encourage impressionable youth to engage in deplorable behavior.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
( ... ) puts the X firmly into eXcess.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
4:30pm 1 March 2012, the time a I saw the film industry and possibly humankind, hit a brand new low with Project X. A film so bad it doesn't deserve to be called a film or be allowed a release anywhere inside our solar system - including Pluto.
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
A found footage film. Wow...original.
Bob Grimm - Tucson Weekly
"Hangover" for the high school crowd that sends absurd messages about underage drinking, drug use and sexual activity.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
The script plays like what you'd get if you put Animal House, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, House Party, Risky Business and Superbad in a blender.
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
It's sick. It's vile. It's deeply unpleasant.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
Crude, repetitive and offensive, propelling the R-rated teen sex comedy cycle.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Nothing is remotely attractive about this film. Not even the title is original.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Project X takes a standard parental nightmare and blows it up to such an outrageous, ruinous, cataclysmic degree that any parent who catches a glimpse of the film will never dare leave their house unattended again.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
follows the expected tropes for this kind of story, and yet it is a film that somehow manages to be both raunchy and sweet, profane yet endearing
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Just as with the wild party at the center of the film, Project X spirals out of control.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
The 'narrative' scenes between Project X's three unknown leads feel like weird, boring interludes in the midst of a reasonably exciting 90-minute music video.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
It's the party you've only dreamed about, the tagline says. And if you were 17 years old again, you might be inclined to agree.
Ed Gibbs - The Sun Herald
Officially classified MA15+, it should really be IM18- (suitable for immature audience under 18) ... I can't even defend the film on the grounds that it succeeds at its own intent, because it has no intent - it has nothing to say
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Brain trust behind this abomination wants you to think of it as a game-changer, the Ben-Hur of house party movies ... It's a desperate amalgam of every teen sex farce from Animal House to Superbad
Glenn Lovell - CinemaDope
It is to teen-party films what booting and rallying is to actual partying: Binge. Purge. Repeat, over and over, until a nail-in-the-skull hangover forces you to question whether what seemed fun at the time was really worth it.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
As the movie goes on and the party rages harder, the images become more and more primal, like half-glimpsed snippets of a nightmare experienced through a drunken fog.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
Seriously sick, in the good way.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
When you start making negative comparisons to films like Porky's, you know a film has problems.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Like cameraman Dax, we're the only sober one at the party, and it's not much fun.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
One guilty pleasure, mindless escapism that offers some mixed - and some unexpected - messages at the end that make for alarming but intriguing post-viewing debate.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
Project X. Sounds like a horror story. In a way, it is. This is a teen partying movie on steroids.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
With its generic title and underdeveloped mash-up of genre cliches and trademark Joel Silver flame-ups, this desperately conceived party feels tired.
David Noh - Film Journal International
Considering the price of movie tickets these days, it's hard to justify recommending this over a Girls Gone Wild video for approximately the same content.
Luke Y. Thompson - Nerdist
Reviewing a movie like "Project X" is like evaluating somebody's proficiency at beer pong. The players aren't trying very hard, and nobody cares about the score, so what's the point?
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Project X ... as in X-citing? X-rated? Uh, no ... presenting Project X-crement.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
It's not for everybody, but if you ever wondered what Risky Business would have felt like without the glossy cinematography and Tangerine Dream score, you'll be very pleasantly surprised.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
Considering that good comedies seem to be few and far between this winter, you could do worse.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
These kids apparently attend Actress-Model High School, where the guys run the gamut from hot to dorky, but practically every female is skinny, stacked and ready to flash their racks to apparently dozens of video cameras.
Can't really think of more to do than have a big party, so there are lots of grinding dances, DJs, boozing, drugs, making out and topless women in the swimming pool. Every once in a while someone throws up.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
Where is the twerp from "We Need to Talk About Kevin" when you need him?
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
An exhausting, politically incorrect romp that revisits every cliche of the hormonal teenage comedy.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
A pleasant waste of time about beer, babes and, ahhh, throwing that monster party.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Teens Gone Wild: Extreme Edition
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
So, is this merely an extreme teenage version of The Hangover, or is it another sign of the end of civilization as we know it?
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
What's alarming, and a little sad, is that Project X wasn't made by teenagers but by grown-ups.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Not to stoop to hyperbole, but Project X might very well be the worst movie ever made in the entire history of cinema.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Project X flops, principally because its characters basically have a great time partying. There's no real danger, or regret, just bacchanal.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
This movie is a celebration of youthful abandon. It's about that magical time in life when you realize that you are old enough to do anything you want, but before you're smart enough to understand that you shouldn't.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
There's no worthwhile character development or underlying warmth to counteract the relentless sleaze and vulgarity, which isn't clever or funny on its own.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Never supplies a reason to care about anything happening onscreen, laboring through conventional acts of misbehavior with a pronounced mean-spiritedness that makes the entire picture unsavory instead of cheerfully celebratory.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
A monumental act of stupidity and vapidness.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
With no narrative drive, characters to care about or stakes of any kind, Project X is so busy celebrating its own debauchery it never manages to make any of it look very fun or exciting. Who knew kids these days could be both so uninhibited and so boring?
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
Project X is the geeky teenage guy's ultimate fantasy gone insane.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
The scale of the debauchery is impressive, the comedy significantly less so.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
Obviously aimed at the 'Superbad' crowd, but it's really just super bad in every sense.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Lively and gives you a sense of being at the party, but with no plot or character development. Fortunately it's the best party ever.
Matt Neal - The Standard
jumps on the found footage bandwagon, so recently exploited with freshness and originality in the high school set "Chronicle," with all the relevance of a "Girls Gone Wild" video. And it gets worse.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A party disaster movie targeted at kids who find the Hangover franchise too sophisticated.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
"Project X" depicts bad behavior compulsively, and ends weakly.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
"Project X" is "Animal House" for the YouTube generation - that is, if "Animal House" actually was about torturing animals while innocent bystanders got tased, all without ever being, you know, funny.
Graham Killeen - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Just because a film's humor is intentionally juvenile doesn't mean the film itself must be juvenile.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
If you're still young enough to see in the sunrise on a cocktail of pills, booze and delirium - or old enough to have survived a few - this is one party you'll wish you'd been at.
Dan Brightmore - Little White Lies
Pandering shamelessly to 15-year-old boys, it's sexist, obnoxious and, unlike the superior Superbad, mean-spirited - especially if you're a dog or a dwarf.
- Total Film
Flamboyantly loathsome on every imaginable level, and a great many unimaginable ones besides.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
Awesomeness seems to be the chief quality prized by both the film and its characters; all other considerations-like safety, property damage, and especially good taste-are secondary.
Andrew Schenker - Slant Magazine
A disappointing directing debut, this is a predictable genre item about a chaotic (what else?) party; too bad the gifted Phillips didn't exercise strong authority as producer.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
A funny combination of "Risky Business" and "Superbad," "Project X" is a fond look at high school parties and the people that attend them.
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
It is not normal adolescent rebellion depicted here: it is sociopathic insurrection. It's an orgy of destruction that is meant to be cool... It's a celebration of colossal adolescent idiocy as something we should all aspire to...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
As much as 'Project X' tries to be an example of extreme cinema, it's a pretty uninspired movie with personalities that you never really root for. (Content Review for Parents also available)
Teddy Durgin - Screen It!
Project X isn't just a party; it's an experience. It will amuse, excite, sicken and exhaust you.
Matt Pais - RedEye
...a stupid, badly made film about a high school party gone out-of-control that treats nearly all of its female characters as masturbatory aids.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
This house party quickly gets to the stage where you're siding with the angry neighbours wanting to shut the thing down.
Martin Roberts - Fan The Fire
The movie lacks that feeling of reckless joy, instead giving itself over to an attitude of anarchistic abandon. It's a joyless ride into chaos.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
It raised my moral outrage heckles in ways I didn't think possible.
Cath Clarke - Time Out
Classless, mean-spirited, repugnant, deplorable, off-puttingly sleazy, and thoroughly contemptible.
There's a lot to dislike about Project X.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
In Project X the central trio are celebrated for their achievements, and considering how mean-spirited this movie is it leaves an unpleasant taste in the mouth.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
I don't know what's more disturbing: that a movie with this kind of message was made, or that some of the audience actually enjoyed it.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
It's a defiantly anarchic, unexpectedly poignant updating of the late, great John Hughes emo-fueled teen anthems, retooled for the age of anxiety and adulthood in distress.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
An unapologetic and breathlessly amoral cinematic debauch about a California high school kid whose parents leave town and who throws an out-of-control, alcohol-soaked, drug-fueled, sex-crazed, jiggling-naked-breast-filled suburban bacchanal.
Amy Biancolli - San Francisco Chronicle
It's going to make you angry, disgusted, and a tad bit queasy
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
Witless, charmless, teen twaddle. Let's take all prints off the film, and bury them. Don't bother marking the spot with an X.
Chris Hewitt (UK) - Empire Magazine
If you're proudly in touch with your inner idiot, you may find yourself pumping your fist.
Dominic Corry - Flicks.co.nz
The movie is ugly in both its look and outlook. It aims for the bottom and hits the bulls-eye.
Andrew Lapin - NPR
If this party were to take place in Damascus, Assad would run for his life.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Project X "dares" you to find it offensive; however, no one could possibly mistake it for a provocative movie-of-the-moment, excluding perhaps any viewer who also considers LMFAO music videos among the wittiest and most subversive works of art around
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
The documentary conceit doesn't really work, the central message is utterly bogus and it's ultimately let down by some appalling misogyny and a deeply unlikeable central character.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It's not long before the utter relentlessness of the whole thing becomes exhausting.
Ben Boyer - Sky Movies
Like the weaker cousin of Superbad.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Boxoffice Magazine
Beneath its raunchy veneer, the movie is so noble and good-hearted that even the dog gets laid before the night is out. Twice.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
[VIDEO] Be grateful for "Project X." It is a ribald romp for those audience members who require its healing qualities.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
'Project X' is a John Hughes movie from the '80s, right down to its final shot, but it's wrapped in a level of chaos and decadence that sums up the career of producer Todd Phillips with a gleeful degree of anarchy.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix