Recess: School's Out
Recess: School's Out (2001)

The characters from the popular Saturday morning TV cartoon series move out of the schoolyard and onto the big screen in this animated feature. New kid Gus (voice of Courtland Mead), nice guy TJ (voice of Andrew Lawrence), tough girl… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: February 16, 2001
DVD Release Date: August 7, 2001
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though basically a TV cartoon stretched out to movie-length, Recess has enough successful jokes and smart writing to make it a worthwhile view.

Malcolm Ritter
Associated Press

The kids will like this animated romp about summer vacation, and so will the adults sitting next to them.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Refreshingly subversive.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Simply a TV episode blown up for the big screen.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Its well characterised comedy of playground manners and teasing social awareness rings confidently through.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

About as exciting as a lunchbox full of carrot sticks.

Chris Gore
Film Threat

It has my favorite characters and it's kind of like a mystery.

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Christine Dolen
Miami Herald

Whimsical, engaging.

Mike Clark
USA Today

Passably speedy on the level of other TV retreads that seem miscast on the big screen.

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Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle

The film never gets too far beyond disposable youth fare, best consumed like mouthfuls of sugary cereal.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
erika bruhns
This is better than the tv show.
Juan Charqueno
absolutly original. a terrific big screen film to a terrific t.v. show! the jokes are funny and the film is too close to it's creators. fun for kids and… More
Dillon Lupky
An extended episode with a rediculous plot that will have the kids laughing and the adults sleeping.
Christopher Haskell
How can you not love Recess? Especially with it off the air now, this movie was great to relive one of the greatest and well done cartoons ever made. Hopefully… More
Jackson Walsh
While it is formulaic when stacked up to its television show counterpart, School's Out provides an ambitious plot line noted with a strong antagonist… More
Andrew Fillmore
It's okay... the TV show is tons better. But the songs are cool, notably "Dancin' in the Street."