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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In the absence of the usual teen-movie pyrotechnics, Zebrahead has a quiet, stagy style, more like a 1950's teleplay with a social conscience than a stormy present-day tale of racial strife."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"In Anthony Drazan's enjoyably offbeat Zebrahead, racial definition is the least important thing about anybody."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The shooting seems like a lame attempt to inflate a small, well-observed story with a significance it hasn't earned."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"The pulsing beats collected by music supervisor M.C. Serch...act almost as another living player in the film, imbuing it with a certitude which surely would have left Drazan's film lacking had it not been there."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Zebrahead is a thoughtful film that speaks honestly and hopefully to urban teens. Drazan has earned his stripes."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"The movie takes us to the two places where bigotry are both nurtured and perpetuated, the home (here single parent) and the racially diverse school, where the youngsters prove more mature and open-minded than their parents."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The 'Okay, so what?' dissatisfied feeling does not serve this film well."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"The film is often overwrought, even if it is well-meaning...The ending is especially unconvincing, as it seems to switch to the end credits while still in midstream."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"Zebrahead is not so much a movie as notes toward a movie - a good one, judging by what's on the screen."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A movie more earnest and well-meaning than wholly successful, Zebrahead is still worthy of praise - if only for treating its teenagers like actual people."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Some of the film comes off as rather superficial, but there are moments of truth that ring throughout."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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