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As a young teenager suffering from really early male-pattern baldness, Harold has never had it easy. Despite the efforts of his scattered mother --- and aggravated by his beauty-queen-mean sister - life is a trial for Harold. And, now his teen angst is topping out: He's facing his first day at a new high school in a new town. He's not only going to be the "new kid," but the "new weird bald kid." Day one turns out to be even worse than he expected. Right off he comes face- to-face with the school bully, and learns very quickly that the new school's teachers are… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A terminally lame puberty comedy about a prematurely bald 13-year-old."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Harold is the type of one-note dead zone ideally suited for a bathroom break while sitting home on a Saturday night, alone and semidrunk, in front of the television."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"confidently struts along, seemingly unaware of its lackluster script and distinct lack of professionalism."
‑ Norm Schrager, Filmcritic.com
"Shot and lit like a mediocre TV show, the sporadically amusing Harold is a true Blockbuster contender, that is for the bargain bins of the video store. And soon."
‑ Pete Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine
"The presence of Cuba Gooding Jr. in this odd little indie comedy should set off early alarm bells."
‑ Edward Douglas, ComingSoon.net
"Harold is a genuine oddity that's more watchable than it sounds."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"The long stretches of dead air that, it can only be assumed, were supposed to be filled by laughter provide ample time for pondering what audience Harold, T. Sean Shannon's strenuously stale comedy, was intended to find."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"While the script never gels into anything worthy of the peculiar premise, Harold is still worth seeing for Breslin's marvelously weird performance."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
"Breslin is the best thing about this myopic comedy that doesn't even get any humorous traction from the stereotypes it presses through its low-fidelity independent film filter."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Abigail's older brother Spencer Breslin, does his own magnificent Little Mister Sunshine leading boy thing. Harold, a kinder, gentler Superbad minus the talking dirty teen motormouths. Move over, Judd Apatow."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"There's little indication, beyond the endlessly unfunny school humiliations and fogey-dom signposts (ha ha, he uses Old Spice), that the notion of a preteen codger is worth our sympathies."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Aside from a few smart tweaks, the film doesn't subvert the genre but rather falls afoul of it."
‑ Anna King, Time Out New York
"Has a wan sweetness to it which helps it through its more forced and obvious patches, of which there are many."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"An outsider adolescent sinks in a sea of troubles in this wobbly comedy."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The low-budget high-school comedy is no 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' but should provide for not only laughs but some insight into the life of a smart, 13-year-old outsider."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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