Rudd and Scott aren't stretching any new muscles, but Rudd's glum disaffection and Scott's bozo bonhomie do gel with a satisfying stickiness. They handle the gaping innuendo with such delicacy we know that they know they're better than this.
-Tom CharityFull Review
Role Models could have been another formulaic comedy, fresh off the assembly line. Instead, the work of Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott here is worthy of praise and one of the funnier films this year.
-Laremy LegelFull Review
Rudd, who co-wrote the script with director David Wain (among others), clearly learned a few things working on Judd Apatow comedies.
-Rafer GuzmanFull Review
I really had a lot of fun.
-Ben LyonsFull Review
Role Models wobbles like crazy en route to a surprisingly strong finish.
-Michael PhillipsFull Review
You can probably figure out how this is all going to end, but it still has more laughs than you might think.
-Neely TuckerFull Review
Something bizarre starts to happen around the halfway mark, perhaps because no one knew how to develop the original premise.
-Joe MorgensternFull Review
It's pretty formulaic stuff, and earns its R rating with profanity and unapologetically gratuitous female nudity, but somehow has a winning knuckleheaded charm.
-Steven ReaFull Review
There are three things that every modern screen comedy needs: references to old KISS songs, guys dressed as knights whacking each other with foam swords, and a potty-mouthed 10-year-old.
-Jason AndersonFull Review
Like any formula, it can work if done well, and Role Models is strewn with enough serendipities to make it a worthy variation on the dudes-grow-up genre.
-Dana StevensFull Review
It's not the best comedy of the season, but it's far from the worst, and some days that's more than enough.
-Moira MacDonaldFull Review
The equivalent of trying to sneak an issue of Newsweek into the house, rolled up inside a copy of Mad magazine.
-Stephanie ZacharekFull Review
It's hard to remember a recent comedy that piled one memorable moment after another near the ending as this one does.
-Peter HartlaubFull Review
Lynch's scenes as the chipper 12-stepping counselor -- who always seems a little too eager to talk about her days before sobriety -- are pretty hilarious.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review
You stand a fair chance of emerging from the movie with your lack of faith in humanity unchallenged.
-Kyle SmithFull Review
Role Models proves that a drab and formulaic Hollywood studio comedy can still make you laugh hard enough to choke on your popcorn.
Role Models crosses plenty of familiar territory, but Wain and his merry band of mischief-makers offer a likeable, laughable mix of testosterone and heart.
-Amy BiancolliFull Review
At times, there's a sense the writers are trying to shoehorn sexual crudity into the plot to hit the young male market, but that feels uncomfortably out of place in a movie about helping children.
-Liam LaceyFull Review
A riotous comedy from director David Wain.
-Adam GrahamFull Review
Filth and sentimentality -- the yin- yang combo of current guy comedy -- entwine in Role Models with the naughty bits overpowering the funny.
-Lisa KennedyFull Review
The general tone is one of crusty, unapologetic misanthropy, driven home by the formidable Rudd (who also kicked in on the script).
-J. R. JonesFull Review
Role Models plays well within the Judd Apatow playpen, but its shaggy-dog dyspepsia renders it both less commercial and a little more dangerous, and Rudd is why. He's W.C. Fields trapped in the body of Cary Grant.
-Ty BurrFull Review
The script's rampant wrongness would have been amusing enough on the page, but the delivery from the cast makes the material consistently laugh-out-loud funny.
-Christy LemireFull Review
Role Models pours sugar and cream on everything and turns it to mush.
Although it delivers a consistent dose of chuckles, you can't help but wonder if Role Models falls short of its potential.
-Daniel GetahunFull Review
Role Models is a rare mainstream buddy comedy that deftly blends the endearing and the vulgar and intersperses raucous humor with subtle wit.
-Claudia PuigFull Review
Like its main characters, the movie is simply stuck on stupid.
-Joe NeumaierFull Review
Sometimes a shamelessly stoopid, proudly profane R-rated comedy is all you want out of life. Role Models more than fills the bill.