63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Surprisingly sweet and smart... LaBeouf does an excellent job, and the talented Beeney is one to watch.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Directors Potelle and Rankin lack the skill to integrate the sometimes drastic shifts between comedy and drama - and the serious portions ultimately get short shrift, apparently at the behest of Miramax's marketing executives.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
If that sounds a lot like Rushmore, it is, except that the heart has been sucked out of the thing -- replaced by glib chatter, gratuitous Baudelaire references, and distracting product placement.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
In a better movie -- a much better movie -- LaBeouf might make the same sort of impact Dustin Hoffman did in ''The Graduate.'' But the kid's young. There are movies to come.
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50

Chicago Tribune

Painfully blasé coming-of-age story.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Isn't bad so much as jumbled...You get the sense of too much input, too many bright ideas, too many scenes that don't belong in the same movie.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Best to experience Shaker Heights for what it is: not a movie, exactly, but the true season capper of ''Project Greenlight,'' a series that finds its very drama on the road to mediocrity.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

Another heartfelt coming-of-age story that plays much more like a television movie than a theatrical feature.
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Goes down fighting, but it goes down just the same.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

Dispiriting mess. The movie is bad in a boring way: tepidly paced, disjointed and lacking any emotional hook.
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33 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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