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Billy Madison Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 1.0

    out of 100

    Overwhelming dislike
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    By the end, you feel like a drill sergeant-you want to wipe that stupid grin off Sandler's face.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Sandler mugs through a back-to-school daze. [13 February 1995, p.D1]

  • 40

    out of 100

    Variety Brian Lowry

    There are a few bursts of sheer, irresistible idiocy -- along the lines of "Wayne's World" or even "Pee-wee's Big Adventure"-- but not enough to sustain the more arid stretches.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    It succeeds as a reasonably smart no-brainer. If you've ever had a yen to relive the third grade, this must be the next best thing.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Young teens will like brash, immature humor.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film features some strong language. The humor is immature and is targeted toward teenagers. An older maid makes continuous sexual advances at the protagonist (including a request to take her shirt off for him). The film contains some scenes of binge drinking. Rude behavior rules. The ending features a positive message of accomplishment and resilience.

  • Families can talk about Billy's apathetic view on life. How may growing up without any pressures or responsibilities result in Billy's degenerate lifestyle? Parents could highlight Billy's ability to act as a role model for his fellow classmates. Why is it important to have positive role models?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The main character is an unmotivated "party hound" that coasts through life on his father's funds.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual advances; covers of eccentric pornos shown ("over 80 women", "drunk chicks").

  • language false3

    Language: Sporadic profanity.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Triscuit, Coke, and Snack Pack references.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some binge drinking.