“It’s a hallmark of Judd Apatow‘s films thus far, whatever his direct role, that stock situations and characters are endowed with extra dimensions of humanity, weakness and insecurity, ” Variety‘s Todd McCarthy notes in his 8.7 Superbad review. The film “may be more overtly comic than 40 Year-Old Virgin or Knocked Up, but its darkness and thoughtfulness are still notable for a genre so thoroughly dedicated to raucous surfaces and money moments.” Still, McCarthy adds, “Fixation on all manner of bodily functions and a plethora of outrageously out-there gags guarantee strong teen and date-night turnout…pic will never die as a high school and frathouse keg-party favorite.”