75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Often silly but it's an honest, unselfconscious exploration of the conflict between a man's physical and psychological age.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
While the movie feels shelf-worn, Efron's performance is fresh.
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75

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Though there's nothing revolutionary about 17 Again, the movie is undeniably enjoyable.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Pleasant, harmless PG-13 entertainment, with a plot a little more surprising and acting a little better than I expected.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
For a swoon-fest aimed at tweens, 17 Again has a lot going for it.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Though Mann and Perry are game, it's Efron who carries the movie.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Works better than you might imagine at times but stumbles awkwardly other times. The unevenness in the writing is matched by directorial overkill in certain comic sequences.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie itself is petrified meatloaf. It's a body-transference comedy in the vein of "Big," "Freaky Friday," and other candidates for Turner Classics.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The result is a slack do-over fantasy in which Zac Efron, as a basketball star, looks baffled as to why he hasn't been asked to sing and dance.
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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Director Burr Steers, of the terrific "Igby Goes Down," is stuck polishing clichès.
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48 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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