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Kevin Smith's follow-up to his unexpected hit Clerks details the pointless story of T.S. (Jeremy London) and Brodie (Jason Lee), two suburban New Jersey slackers who decide to head to the mall in search of solace after being dumped by their girlfriends (Shannon Doherty and Claire Forlani, respectively). There the two young men machinate to appear on a game show being staged and also manage to meet comic-book magnate Stan Lee. However, complications arise when the girls show up. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mallrats mixes clever bits and an appealing quirkiness (which goes a long way) with gross-out practical jokes, needless repetition and obvious padding, since it has no real plot."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The fatal flaw in plotting the material is that we don't care."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Retains enough Smith-isms to help navigate all potholes in execution. Flawed, yes, but Mallrats has its charms when it isn't shoving its hand up its own hindquarters."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Ragged, messy, and flat, this is Kevin Smith's sophomore jinx; coming right after Clerks, it was a huge artistic and commercial flop"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Fun, but the least of Smith's Jay and Silent Bob films."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The movie has a few amusing '70s references and there's a wonderfully weird sequence featuring a topless fortune-teller. Overall, though, moviegoers can find much better deals."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Smith has slicked up his follow-up vision of Slackerville USA, but the outcome is nowhere near as brash and original."
‑ , USA Today
"Typical Kevin Smith fare; not suitable for kids."
‑ Alex Orner, Common Sense Media
"There must be a helluva lot of Mallrats fans out there, and I feel pretty confident in saying that they'll pretty much adore this new DVD edition."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
"Sophomoric silliness."
‑ Michael Dequina, Movie Poop Shoot
"If the Sundance Institute or the AFI ever offers a course advising directors of successful first films what to avoid the second time around, Mallrats could be at the heart of the curriculum."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Despite a broad range of effective comedy and a decent laugh-per-minute ratio, Mallrats is likely to be a moderate disappointment for anyone who guffawed their way through the previous film."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Almost everyone has lively things to say, the topics usually centering on the Kevin Smith triumvirate of sex, comics, and movies."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"How did Kevin Smith gain any fan base? This clunker made a bundle."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Underrated Kevin Smith. Lots of inside jokes, background gags and smart dialogue."
‑ Fred Topel,
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