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Dumb and Dumber Review

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

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    At its best, Dumb and Dumber is like an Ernest movie with a scatological bent.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A movie that knows much better than to try to make sense. It is essentially a strung-together series of gags, most of them thought up by Lloyd, an inveterate practical joker.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The plot is lame, but that doesn't matter, because Dumb and Dumber is essentially pitched at the level of an "Airplane!"-style movie, with rapid-fire sight gags.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    The plot, of course, is merely an excuse for an endless series of gags, and the percentage of them that score is fairly high. But since the jokes are based over and over on the fact that Lloyd and Harry are really, really dumb, a certain repetitive factor sets in.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    There are limits to how much comic irony can be wrung out of the sight of two grown men acting like complete cretins.

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  • 70

    out of 100


    A flat-out celebration of stupidity, bodily functions and pratfalls. Yet the wholeheartedness of this descent into crude and rude humor is so good-natured and precise that it's hard not to partake in the guilty pleasures of the exercise.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 13 & under

The caviar of low-brow, gross-out comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dumb and Dumber is unapologetically crass. The Farrelly Brothers deliver nonstop, gut-churning laughs for adults as well as kids; however, parents of preteens should be advised of slapstick violence and moderate sexual content. It's your call, parents, as to whether you want your preteens seeing this. The PG-13 rating -- for comedic violence, explosive bowels, and sexual situations -- is a sound recommendation for your supervision. Teenagers will laugh themselves sore. Adults who believe they're above this sort of thing may find themselves pleasantly mistaken.

  • Families can talk about why the main characters' antics are funny on film but inappropriate in real life.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Lots of dumb humor, though some messages of friendship.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Nobody here is a role model.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Some shooting and slapstick violence. In an elaborate fantasy sequence, Lloyd tears a chef's heart out and deposits it in a bloody doggy bag. A practical joke results in death. Lloyd is in danger of being raped by a man in a toilet stall. Off-camera, a bad guy twists a parakeet's head off (the damage is later repaired with tape).

  • sex false2

    Sex: A few partially-exposed rears, plus plenty of sexual banter and sexual terms like "hooters."

  • language false4

    Language: Cursing throughout, including "s--t," "bastard," "d-ck," and "crap."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some smoking and drinking, plus some pill popping.