Mr. Woodcock
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Every junior-high geek's worst nightmare becomes a reality in this comedy. John Farley (Seann William Scott) grew up as a chubby kid with no athletic skills and poor self-esteem, and during his early teenage years his nemesis was Mr. Woodcock (Billy Bob Thornton), his junior-high gym teacher, who took a sadistic glee in tormenting John and others like them. Years later, John has slimmed down, come to terms with his self-image, and become a best-selling author, publishing a self-help book on overcoming the specters of the past. John comes home to visit his widowed mother, Beverly (Susan… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

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"The amusingly deadpan Thornton cock-slaps the wishy-washy Scott through a medley of visual gags and dick jokes."
‑ Drew Toal, Time Out New York
"Between Mr. Thornton's wry performance and Tami Reiker's nuanced wide-screen photography, you half-expect Woodcock to deliver more than formulaic laughs."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"Mr Woodcock is ok as far as predictable, low-brow Hollywood comedies are concerned, and it's considerably elevated by its above average cast."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"...a tedious and hackneyed effort that surely (and hopefully) marks Billy Bob Thornton's final appearance as a comedically misanthropic curmudgeon..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Has the mark of something dashed off after reading what dozens of screenwriting manuals had to say about the marketplace and the three-act paradigm, but not one word about characterization or dramatic unity."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"A dreary and depressing alleged comedy that takes a talented cast and a promising germ of an idea, and kills it dead."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"This movie makes a much better case study for aspiring entertainment executives than it does a cinematic experience. What it most emphatically is not is a date movie."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"O longa não apenas acaba se revelando terrivelmente sem graça como também assusta por sua moral torta, condizente com a do personagem-título."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The whole film is like a depressing nightmare."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A close reading of Mr. Woodcock reveals a dark, depressing film about small town decline. I think."
‑ Stephen Himes, Flak Magazine
"This may be the most laugh-free comedy of the year."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"While two novice screenwriters are officially credited with the script, the movie lurches around like something assembled by committee."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"we're stuck with Amy Poehler telling us she's an alcoholic and an unaware Susan Sarandon watching two men act like idiots, which unfortunately isn't funny at all."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"Apparently, Billy Bob Thornton has embraced the idea of appealing to the lowest possible common denominator. How else can you explain his presence in another bad taste bottom-feeder which might have been better titled Bad Gym Teacher, ala Bad Santa?"
‑ Kam Williams, Sly Fox
"One can't help but wonder what the Coens or Farrellys might have done with this cast and premise."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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