Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016)

Rafe has an epic imagination...and a slight problem with authority. Both collide when he transfers to an oppressive, rule-crazy middle school. Drowning in do's and don'ts, Rafe and his scheming best friend Leo hatch a plan to break… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 7, 2016
DVD Release Date: January 3, 2017
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Susan Wloszczyna

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life is better than middling as it sidesteps the trap of simply pandering to its youthful demo with cheap laughs and silly mugging.

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Jesse Hassenger
AV Club

Though its title and general tone lament the stifling atmosphere of the years between childhood and full-fledged teenhood, the movie misses the animal hostility and physical awkwardness of genuine tweens.

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James Croot

An entertaining slice of Disney Channel-esque subversive comedy that will appeal to both tweens and adults.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Channeling the spirit of John Hughes and playing like a tween version of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life delivers an easily digestible and amusing portrait of youthful hijinks.

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Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail

Ironically, Middle School's message is about encouraging kids and grown-ups to think outside the box and yet, the filmmakers themselves do precisely the opposite.

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Jim Schembri

Downright funny kid-movie satire about the horrors of moving to a new school and dealing with a dictatorial principal who hates creativity and loves oppressing students.

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Alonso Duralde

Throw in some tacked-on anti-standardized-tests speeches and a late-in-the-game reveal about a death in the family, and you've got a movie that's constantly zigging and zagging emotionally without a skilled hand at the wheel.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

Despite a cringe-worthy gaffe with regards to the Wu-Tang Clan's geographical origins, "Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life" is harmless fun with a trace of anarchy in its DNA.

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Nick Dent
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

Given the current discussions in this country on how our school system is failing our kids, the movie's plea for creativity over tests will have surprising resonance for parents too.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Todd Smith
Based on the best selling novel by the same name, it was widely believed that this would be the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid, sadly it was not. Griffin Gluck was… More
EpicLadySponge the Adventurer
Yeah, we kinda understand the fact on how middle school could be the worst years of your life, but did you had to seriously make it a full-length feature film?… More