38

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
There's little that's special about Underclassman, certainly nothing that Murphy and Eddie Griffin haven't done better in movies far funnier than this.
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38

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Utterly generic.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
Nick Cannon, playing an L.A. cop who goes undercover as a prep school student, provides the few sparks this wan action-comedy can muster.
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25

Chicago Tribune

What's remarkable is how absolutely every character in the film is a movie cliche.
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25

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A remedial comedy for idiots.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Less an original product than a shoddy tribute to other mediocre cop movies.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The loserville teen comedy Underclassman is like a student project sloppily cribbed from other kids' notes -- kids who have seen "Rush Hour" and still can't get over how funny it is to stick a noisy black guy in a distinctly nonblack setting.
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25

USA Today

By Mike Clark
That sound you hear is from jet engines gassing up, about to zoom Underclassman to DVD-ville.
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25

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Underclassman doesn't even try to be good. It knows that it doesn't have to be. It stars Nick Cannon, who has a popular MTV show, and it's a combo cop movie, romance, thriller and high school comedy. That makes the TV ads a slam dunk; they'll generate a Pavlovian response in viewers conditioned to react to their sales triggers (smartass young cop, basketball, sexy babes, fast cars, mockery of adults).
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12

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Saved from total puff only by the obnoxiousness of its star, who seems to be laboring under the delusion that he's the next Eddie Murphy.
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19 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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