The Best and the Brightest
The Best and the Brightest (2011)

Set in the world of New York City's elite private kindergartens, The Best and the Brightest centers on a fresh-faced young couple from Delaware, Jeff and Samantha, who have only recently moved into town, and the extreme lengths they… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 24, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 16, 2011
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Critic Score: 26% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

Absurd premise and weak script doom this comedy about haute-preschool angst.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

A repellent comedy that's less fun than a parasite infection...

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews's finally impossible to label The Best and the Brightest as anything more than a sporadically amusing misfire.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Josh Shelov's smug and smutty farce employs an estimable cast in an only sporadically funny story...

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Flies off its comic rails after an engaging start, never to land back on solid ground.

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

A slim pan. While there's a certain novelty of setting and a lot of its dialogue pops, the movie's chief problem is the fact that it doesn't seem to wholly embrace the arguably detestable nature of its characters.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Far too many sitcom shenanigans crop up like clockwork...

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

The Best and the Brightest is amusing at times but never more than a modest diversion, lacking the cleverness and imagination required to turn it into more than a one-joke movie.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A politically incorrect farce that's increasingly preposterous and inane yet nonetheless hilarious, zany and bold. Amy Sedaris has never been funnier.

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At this point in Neil Patrick Harris' career, he could sell just about any film. The problem with The Best and The Brightest is that it under-utilized him.… More