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Mallrats Review

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

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Serves up horrendous lead acting, murky cinematography, bland atmosphere, unengaging romance, mug-crazy cameo performances, bash-on-the-head satire and ill-timed slapstick gags that look like outtakes from a Bozo the Clown show gone berserk. [20 Oct 1995]

  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    "Clerks" spoke with the sure, clear voice of an original filmmaker. In Mallrats the voice is muffled, and we sense instead advice from the tired, the establishment, the timid and other familiar Hollywood executive types.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    A hopelessly stupid movie that should appeal to baked couch potatoes everywhere.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    There are several painfully awkward "dead spots" in Mallrats where nothing works -- not the dialogue, the acting, or the direction.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Staff [Not Credited]

    The slapstick would put Curly and Moe to shame. The raunch is crude as often as it is clever.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Typical Kevin Smith fare; not suitable for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film targets an older teen audience. Characters are offensive: some are promiscuous or selfish, and they use profanity and sexually-charged language. Scenes involve topless women, and there is a sex scene between an adult and a 15-year-old-girl.

  • Families can talk about movies targeted to teens. What other movies would you put in this genre? How does this one compare or contrast with those?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Contains sexually promiscuous characters; contains some selfish, offensive characters.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Several fist-fight scenes.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Constant sexual references; scenes of topless women; some mild sex scenes.

  • language false3

    Language: Sexually explicit and lots of profanity.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Several references to marijuana; reefer is shown.