Recess: School's Out (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

Recess: School's Out (2001)



Critic Consensus: Though basically a TV cartoon stretched out to movie-length, Recess has enough successful jokes and smart writing to make it a worthwhile view.

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The characters from the popular Saturday morning TV cartoon series move out of the schoolyard and onto the big screen in this animated feature. New kid Gus (voice of Courtland Mead), nice guy TJ (voice of Andrew Lawrence), tough girl Spinelli (voice of Pamela Segall), cool kid Vince (voice of Rickey D'Shon Collins), overly enthusiastic Mikey (voice of Jason Davis), and brainy Gretchen (voice of Ashley Johnson) are grade school best friends who are psyched about the end of the school year and the arrival of summer vacation. But Principal Prickly (voice of Dabney Coleman) is less than enthusiastic about letting the kids goof off all summer, and evil school administrator Dr. Benedict has come up with a plan to do away with summer vacation by using a super-powered laser to create permanent winter. Teen-pop singer Myra contributes a new version of "Dancing in the Street" to the soundtrack, and Katey Sagal also contributes to the voice cast.

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Andrew Lawrence
as T.J. Detweiler
James Woods
as Dr. Benedict
Dabney Coleman
as Principal Peter Prickly
Ashley Johnson
as Gretchen Grundler
Pamela Adlon
as Ashley Spinelli
Robert Goulet
as Mikey Blumberg (singing)
Melissa Joan Hart
as Becky Detweiler
April Winchell
as Miss Muriel Finster
Allyce Beasley
as Miss Alordayne Grotkey
Rickey D'Shon Collins
as Vince LaSalle
Paul Willson
as Coach Kluge
Courtland Mead
as Gus P. Griswald
Dan Castellaneta
as Guard No.1
Diedrich Bader
as Guard No.2
Gregg Berger
as Tech No.1
Ron Glass
as Dr. Lazenby/Tech No. 2
Klee Bragger
as Digger Sam
Clancy Brown
as Bald Guy
Toran Caudell
as King Bob
Rachel Crane
as Ashley Q
E.G. Daily
as Cap'n Sticky
R. Lee Ermey
as Colonel O'Malley
Tony Jay
as Dr. Rosenthal
Clyde Kusatsu
as Mr. Yamashiro
Andrea Martin
as Lunch Lady No.1
Tress MacNeille
as Lunch Lady No.2/Opera Director/Dr. Steinheimer
Anndi McAfee
as Ashley A
Ryan O'Donohue
as Digger Dave/Randall
Jack Riley
as Golfer No.1
Phil Proctor
as Golfer No.2/Scientist No.2
Justin Shenkarow
as Soldier Kid/Wrestler Kid
Michael Shulman
as Hustler Kid
Fancesca Marie Smith
as Ashley B/Swinger Girl/Upside-down Girl
Kath Soucie
as Counselor
Robert Stack
as Superintendent
Erik Von Dettin
as Captain Brad/Lawson
Katey Sagal
as Mrs. Flo Spinelli (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Recess: School's Out

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (28)

The kids will like this animated romp about summer vacation, and so will the adults sitting next to them.

January 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Simply a TV episode blown up for the big screen.

December 28, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Its well characterised comedy of playground manners and teasing social awareness rings confidently through.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

The film never gets too far beyond disposable youth fare, best consumed like mouthfuls of sugary cereal.

March 10, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Even if it did keep the ankle biters quiet for an hour or so, this still wouldn't be worth your money.

August 6, 2001 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The film works because it is peppered with sharp, smart, and sometimes wonderfully odd comic moments.

July 30, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Recess: School's Out

An extended episode with a rediculous plot that will have the kids laughing and the adults sleeping.

Dillon Lupky
Dillon Lupky

Super Reviewer


While it is formulaic when stacked up to its television show counterpart, School's Out provides an ambitious plot line noted with a strong antagonist performance by James Woods

Jackson Walsh
Jackson Walsh

Super Reviewer

absolutly original. a terrific big screen film to a terrific t.v. show! the jokes are funny and the film is too close to it's creators. fun for kids and kids at heart. a delightful, funny, smart animated comedy. A

Juan Charqueno
Juan Charqueno

Super Reviewer

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