Assassination of a High School President
Assassination of a High School President (2008)

A teenage take on Roman Polanski's post-noir classic Chinatown, The Sophomore stars Reece Daniel Thompson, Mischa Barton, and Bruce Willis in the tale of a Catholic high-school newspaper reporter who stumbles upon a disturbing… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 6, 2009
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader

The noir pastiche is sitcom-ish, the characters vestigial, and the satire of high school so compromised I wondered if cowriters Tim Calpin and Kevin Jakubowski weren't home-schooled

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Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

Superbad meets grossout noir, boasting tangy teen dirty talk so thick, you could cut it with a well sharpened pencil. Which by the way, somebody does more than once.

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Larry Carroll
MTV

The flick plays like "Rushmore" meets "The Usual Suspects," alongside shout-outs to everything from "Sixteen Candles" to "Chinatown" to "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."

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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter

Doesn't find enough novel insights to make for essential viewing.

Jason McKiernan
Filmcritic.com

The entire film wants to be a carbon copy of Rushmore, with the addition of dark slickness and the omission of general quality.

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Jamie Tipps
Film Threat

Depending on your personal taste, the following statement may make or break Assassination for you: the movie is cute.

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Justin Chang
Variety

Basically Brick for remedial viewers.

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Patrick Z. McGavin
Screen International

Brett Simon's Assassination of a High School President is a small and pleasant surprise.

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James Rocchi
Cinematical

Assassination has a meandering plot line that dithers when it should drive forward, and lingers at times it should leap ahead.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Assassination of a High School President displays the worst attempt at satire I have ever seen. It's suppose to be a noir style alternative high-school… More
Nicki Marie
Quite dark for a movie set in high school. Some of the humour falls flat as it's a little too dark and verging on bad taste (i.e, the comatose girlfriend… More
Al S
A great surprise. A gut-busting and hilarious dark comedy that packs of so many laughs that you have to see it twice and plenty of twist and turns. A must-see… More
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REESE THOMPSON, BRUCE WILLIS, MISCHA BARTON, LUKE GRIMES, MELONIE DIAZ, MICHAEL RAPAPORT Forget it, Jake. It's...high school. With its noir roots, this… More
Melvin White
Clara: Forget it, Funke. It's high school. "Politics, popularity, paranoia, pharmaceuticals. Are you in?" Assassination of a High School… More
Michael S
A great concept blandly executed. Kind of seemed like a "BRICK" for dummies. Some successful humour and clever twists and turns are worth noting,… More

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