Mallrats (1995)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 20, 1995
DVD Release Date: July 18, 2000
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

USA Today

Smith has slicked up his follow-up vision of Slackerville USA, but the outcome is nowhere near as brash and original.

Brian Orndorf

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.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Between the routines and retorts, there's a lot of narrative dead air -- and far too many new guests.

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Alex Orner
Common Sense Media

Typical Kevin Smith fare; not suitable for kids.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The fatal flaw in plotting the material is that we don't care.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Rob Gonsalves

Almost everyone has lively things to say, the topics usually centering on the Kevin Smith triumvirate of sex, comics, and movies.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Not only poorly directed and with an awful score, but most of the gags are painfully unfunny and most of the characters are painfully annoying in a stupid story… More
Melvin White
Brodie: Listen, not a year goes by, not a year, that I don't hear about some escalator accident involving some bastard kid which could have easily been… More
Matthew Slaven
17 years ago I was around 10 years old, magic eyes were in every daily newspaper comics section, vhs tapes were all we knew, the Sega Genesis was the racy video… More
Matt Goodman
Brodie: Breakfasts come and go, Rene, but Hartford, 'the Whale,' they only beat Vancouver once, maybe twice in a lifetime. Here is the perfect… More
Graham Jones
Though this a brainless, disappointing follow-up to Clerks, it's still enjoyable just to enter back into the world of Kevin Smith.
Derek Daniels
Kevin Smith's indie flick about two friends who head to the mall after being dumped by their girlfriends. Their, they slide their way onto a dating… More