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The Perfect Score 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.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The movie, which strains to be hip in a faux-1985 beat-the-system way, takes such a light view of cheating that it has the ironic effect of rendering the heist that follows utterly innocuous.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Misses the mark.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    The story is flimsy, and when the dialogue touches on controversial issues regarding the SAT and its fairness, the slacker tone turns abruptly melodramatic.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    You may be able to find parallels between these characters and those in "The Breakfast Club." On the other hand, you may decide life is too short.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    The lark-ish Perfect Score is on the high side of the time-killer it sounds like.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    In addition to being a good-looking movie with a pumping Foo Fighters anthem, "Score" is actually a philosophical argument against our culture of tests.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Not terrible, but this MTV teen movie falls flat.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some strong language and sexual references. Kids drink and smoke and use drugs, and there's a lot of drug humor. A teen pregnancy is also played for humor. The highly questionable morality of the basic premise is clumsily resolved.

  • Families can talk about how each of the kids defines his or her future happiness. What is most important to them? Are they following their own dreams or just responding to the dreams or behavior of their parents?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The characters band together to steal a test. Potty humor, drug humor, a teen pregnancy is played for laughs.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Tense situations and peril.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references, pregnant teen.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong and crude language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, smoking, drug use.