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Based on 28 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's the new year's first happy surprise. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    An almost successful comedy. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Every performer puts vigor into an otherwise limp exercise, as if word were out that this would be the last comedy ever made about late-adolescent concerns. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    It's a movie at war with itself. The first half, more or less, is witty about California culture, or the lack of it, in a "Clueless" kind of way, which is a very good way. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The movie is hipper than its L.A. establishment credentials would suggest. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Under different direction, Orange County might have drawn a savvy cult audience that would appreciate the black-comedy possibilities of Shaun's idolatry of a certain writing professor (Kline), the homoerotic overtones inherent in best-buddydom and pyromania as a sexual turn-on. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It's one of those movies like "Ghost World" and "Legally Blonde" where the description can't do justice to the experience. show more

  • 63
    Charles Savage Miami Herald

    Even if the whole of Orange County is less than the sum of its parts, Jack Black is not the only thing to like about this movie. show more

  • 63
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    Delivers an unexpected sweetness. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Were it not for the high profile names of "Hanks" and "Kasdan", this would be a perfect candidate for a direct-to-video release. show more

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