83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Arriving amid the traditionally withered harvest of January releases, Orange County is peachy.
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80

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's the new year's first happy surprise.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The movie is hipper than its L.A. establishment credentials would suggest.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It's one of those movies like "Ghost World" and "Legally Blonde" where the description can't do justice to the experience.
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63

Miami Herald

By Charles Savage
Even if the whole of Orange County is less than the sum of its parts, Jack Black is not the only thing to like about this movie.
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63

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
Delivers an unexpected sweetness.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
An almost successful comedy.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Under different direction, Orange County might have drawn a savvy cult audience that would appreciate the black-comedy possibilities of Shaun's idolatry of a certain writing professor (Kline), the homoerotic overtones inherent in best-buddydom and pyromania as a sexual turn-on.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Every performer puts vigor into an otherwise limp exercise, as if word were out that this would be the last comedy ever made about late-adolescent concerns.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's a movie at war with itself. The first half, more or less, is witty about California culture, or the lack of it, in a "Clueless" kind of way, which is a very good way.
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48 out of 100
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