There was nothing here that was particularly funny, new, or inventive.
-Ben MankiewiczFull Review
I was disappointed.
-Ben LyonsFull Review
Wholesome just isn't as wholesome as it used to be.
-Liam LaceyFull Review
17 Again makes the '80s comedies on which it's modeled seem positively cutting-edge by comparison.
-Lou LumenickFull Review
Despite occasional misfires, this Zac Efron comedy earns its laughs and delivers its life lessons.
I found him a sympathetic, and strangely believable, middle-aged dad.
-Amy BiancolliFull Review
Can't we just watch Freaky Friday again? Really, I'd take either version at this point.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review
It could be better, it could be worse.
-Tom LongFull Review
17 Again takes a while to get cooking, and at times it just feels like a pale imitation of 13 Going on 30. Still, it's often breezily entertaining, partly thanks to Efron, who certainly knows how to be cute.
-Stephanie ZacharekFull Review
If you're looking for the performance that might one day be characterized as Efron's embarrassing breakout role, this is a good bet.
-Lisa KennedyFull Review
17 Again isn't a sophisticated work of art, nor was it intended to be. It's often silly, sometimes fun silly, sometimes too silly.
-Mick LaSalleFull Review
17 Again makes Xeroxes look original.
-Peter HowellFull Review
Zac Efron, looking cool, is movie enough for the makers of 17 Again, a halfhearted fantasy that stars Efron in a role cryogenically frozen around the time of C. Thomas Howell's '80s heyday.
-Michael PhillipsFull Review
Keeps people and things moving fast enough so that you don't have time to worry about the details, like the inanity of the story.
The filmmakers don't give their viewers credit for a minimum level of observation and, as a result, have produced a sloppy, lazy motion picture.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
If you can't figure out what happens, you've never seen a movie. And if you haven't, please, God, don't start with this one.
-Peter TraversFull Review
The result is lumpy and irritating, but 17 Again regroups whenever Efron is back on screen.
-Tom KeoghFull Review
Though not as clever as 13 Going on 30 or Freaky Friday, it's also not as hokey as Hannah. For a swoon-fest aimed at tweens, 17 Again has a lot going for it.
-Claudia PuigFull Review
Efron has no edge. And although that edgelessness might prolong his career, it keeps 17 Again from having anything surprising to say about teenage life in 2009.
-Dan KoisFull Review
17 Again is product, loaded with high fructose corn syrup so the girls will like it, and as meaningful as an afternoon at the mall.
-Ty BurrFull Review
For me, 17 Again is mildly diverting. For the tweens who are its target audience, Efron's outside shot is a three-pointer.
-Carrie RickeyFull Review
Though Mann and Perry are game, it's Efron who carries the movie.
-Elizabeth WeitzmanFull Review
You needn't be a Zac Efron fan to enjoy the appealing 17 Again.
-Colin CovertFull Review
Funny and lively, with a healthy dollop of sentimentality, it reassures us that all is not lost, except maybe our six-pack abs, as we descend into schlubby, dissatisfied middle age.
-Connie OgleFull Review
The ancient body-switching premise is animated by a breezy script that briefly addresses some of its darker implications before returning to a celebration of adolescence.
-Andrea GronvallFull Review
17 Again is pleasant, harmless PG-13 entertainment, with a plot a little more surprising and acting a little better than I expected.
-Roger EbertFull Review
Efron, as a teen with the brain of a father, ably carries this featherweight movie.
-Rafer GuzmanFull Review
A slack do-over fantasy in which Zac Efron, as a basketball star, looks baffled as to why he hasn't been asked to sing and dance.
-Lisa SchwarzbaumFull Review
17 Again is a comically responsible way for Efron to leave his teen roles behind and make his teen audience think about the adult decisions they now face.
-Roger MooreFull Review