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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

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"Kaplan and Elfont provide a real public service by showing how underage binge drinking can boost bookish students' social lives."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"The majority of the film is mired in magazine cliches and tired gags. Oh, look, the foreign exchange student only knows how to say he's a sex machine, haw! And the nerd's getting drunk! Hoo!"
‑ Melanie McFarland, Seattle Times
"This formula teen flick has engaging performances and a few laughs."
‑ M. K. Terrell, Christian Science Monitor
"This charmless and predictable teen comedy is packed with tired, second-hand ideas that render it wholly uninspiring."
‑ , Film4
"Can't Hardly Wait offers nothing that its predecessors hasn't, but has possibly broken new ground in terms of underage drinking and teen sex."
‑ Jon Popick, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Fortunately, some of the appealing young performers -- who include Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose and, especially, Seth Green -- manage to emerge from the film's generic suburban-teen backdrop."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The film deserves credit, both for its breezy pacing and its uncommon tendency to make its characters smarter and geekier than they might have been."
‑ Stephen Thompson, AV Club
"What's best about Wait are the bright turns by its young cast."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"It's mostly broad comedy. Not that there's anything wrong with that, just that it's all been done before."
‑ Enrique Fernandez, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"It's all cutely derivative, occasionally charming and very occasionally clever."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"There are signs that Can't Hardly Wait once had more serious aspirations... But in the final edit, at least, it's the dumb, broad slapstick that prevails, short-circuiting identification with the characters before it can begin."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Daily News
"A high-spirited, synthetically raucous house-party comedy."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Flat characters are stuck in underdeveloped situations in this attempt by first-time directors Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont to recapture the mood of a John Hughes 1980s teen comedy."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Youth may be wasted on the young, but it's a drop in the bucket compared to the time wasted pandering to them."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Baltimore Sun
"A decidedly healthy antidote to the hate-driven, ghoulishly cynical bloodlettings of Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer and the rest of that sick ilk."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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