'Bad Teacher' Reviews: What Passes & What Fails

Sally Mercedes

Bad Teacher movie stillThere are some movies you know will either be incredibly enjoyable or complete and utter disasters. Bad Teacher, opening this weekend, appears to be one of those movies. Cameron Diaz stars as a teacher who can barely be bothered to do her job at all, let alone do it well. Now, in case you don't remember, Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake were quite the hot couple at one time, as many reviews mention. The fact that there's a sorta sex scene in Bad Teacher means their past relationship is giving this movie quite a bit of buzz. Personally, I'm much more excited to see them alongside funnyman Jason Segel.

But does the movie earn a passing grade, or is Segel the only thing we have to look forward to? Reviews for Bad Teacher tell us what to expect.

Tom Charity, CNN:

Like a naughty child, "Bad Teacher" wants attention but doesn't know why or what to do with it.

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post:

[W]hat was playful and even progressive in “Bridesmaids” here feels strained and mean-spiritedly one-note as Elizabeth cuts an increasingly cruel swath through the school.

'Prinz' Lee Romero, Starpulse:

Bad Teacher is a victim of a script that doesn’t quite rise to its own occasion. [...] I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it, but if anything, I personally feel this film was marketed wrong!

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:

[...] Elizabeth is a mean, antagonistic money grubber on autopilot. [...] There is no chemistry, or indeed even much mutual awareness between Diaz and Timberlake. [...] Whole chunks of the plot seem to have gone missing.

Oh dear. When the best reviews for a movie are barely a C, that's never a good sign. Comparisons to Bad Santa were in pretty much every review I read, and Bad Teacher was on the losing end of that comparison every time.

A comedy like this is supposed to be fun, so I would normally take reviews with a grain of salt. But so many of them complain about one thing I really can't stand in movies and that's when you can't ever get behind the main character. Her "badness" is a result of a lazy, greedy lifestyle, which doesn't seem to lend itself well to the type of humor the movie's trying to go for.

It's a shame too, because I kind of wanted to see this. I still might, though, because Jason Segel got nothing but praise from most critics.

Are you surprised by the bad reviews for Bad Teacher? Will you be watching it anyway?


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