By James Berardinelli
Like the candy from which it gets its name, Jawbreaker is fun at the start, but can turn into a chore to complete.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A synthetic yet shrill sadomasochistic cartoon.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Jawbreaker breaks ground in one way. The movie is notably unpleasant, not just because it's morally offensive, but because it strives for this arch, artificial John Waters tone without any accompanying pay-off in wit.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The movie's gossamer-thin plot, padded with dream sequences and flashbacks to scenes you saw less than an hour earlier, exists only as an excuse for obvious homages to better films, stunt casting...and what pass for clever remarks in circles unfamiliar with real wit.
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Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
It's not particularly funny or trenchant, and its portrayal of noxious high school cliques never amounts to more than was shown in "Heathers." [19 Feb 1999]
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A slick production of a lame script, which kills time for most of its middle half-hour. If anyone in the plot had the slightest intelligence, the story would implode.
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Film Threat

By Merle Bertrand
Death and comedy rarely mix, and this tedious and painfully un-funny effort by director Darren Stein is no exception.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
An air of self-congratulation hangs over the empty tank of gas called Jawbreaker, as if writer-director Darren Stein just can't wait to dazzle us with the gaudy visuals he's soldered onto a standard-issue black-comedy script.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's so low it scrapes through the barrel and deep into the earth's core. It's the lowest piece of garbage to hit screens in months.
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22 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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