70

The Dissolve

By Chris Klimek
Kent’s photography is so energetic, and the soundtrack is so sprightly—it features jagged tunes from beloved cult act The Feelies, as well as other, less familiar indie bands—that the thinness of the characterization slips by almost unnoticed.
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70

Village Voice

By Sherilyn Connelly
Billy Kent's charming HairBrained comes from a long legacy of collegiate comedies but still finds its own identity.
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50

The New York Times

By Miriam Bale
Unfortunately, the movie lacks strong enough players to fill in subtext to Mr. Kent’s formulaic setups, and the story flounders once Ms. Posey is out of the picture.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Early potential fizzles away too quickly in this underachieving buddy comedy, which just barely skids along on the charm of its co-stars.
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25

RogerEbert.com

HairBrained is painfully contrived and self-consciously quirky from the word go.
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25

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
It’s nice to see a movie about kids that extols the virtues of intelligence over sex, sports, bad music, ugly clothes and tattoos, but aside from some nice autumnal shots of Ivy League college campuses, there’s nothing in HairBrained to sustain much interest.
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47 out of 100
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