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When the weight of rejection begins to set in after being denied entry to every college he has applied to, a high school burnout attempts to placate his mom and dad and win the heart of his dream girl by scheming with his friends to create a fake university in a hilarious comedy of artificial education directed by Steve Pink and starring Justin Long. Bartleby "B" Gaines (Long) is a high school senior whose street smarts just never seemed to translate into the classroom, and whose bad luck in love has left him pining for the unattainable Monica (Blake Lively). When Bartleby and his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even the characters in the movie are saying at the beginning, 'This is crazy. This will never work.' And I'm like, you know what? You're right. It never will. Not for one second. Even in a whacky comedy like this."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Go right ahead and skip this one at the Cineplex. You've got my word: It won't be on the final."
‑ Joanne Kaufman, Wall Street Journal
"Though keeping worthwhile targets - like professors who want to see their most creative students fail - director Steve Pink lets his punk inspiration slide into standard school rivalries and unrelated slapstick."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"Average comedy that's low on jokes and doesn't quite live up to its premise, though it remains watchable thanks to a charming performance by Justin Long."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A flat comedy based on a flimsy premise and filled out with the usual "snowballing lie" plot, climaxing in the "rousing speech.""
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Here's the final mystery about Accepted: Why title a movie that so readily invites the headline Rejected as a critical riposte?"
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"It has a few funny bits here and there, but they're deeply mired in the seen-it-all-beforeness of the film."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"The movie works on the pure energy of its straight-faced silliness."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"Amid the corny cliches, the writers have buried several genuinely hilarious throwaway lines."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"expect an uneasy feeling of recycling."
‑ Chris Cabin,
"Even though it outright plagiarizes many plot points and gags of that generational classic, Accepted can't make the leap from contrived to genuine comedy."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Sporadically entertaining but relentlessly lightweight..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"[Accepted] would be funnier with an R rating on principle"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Wants to be so much funnier than it actually is."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Subversive, sophomoric comedy"
‑ Susan Granger,
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