It's no thigh-slapper like the Rodney Dangerfield's "Back to School," but it's exceptionally good-natured and perceptive, and Harmon, in his first starring screen role, is a real charmer. [22 July 1987]
Summer School is like summer school: you go, then quickly realize you would much rather be doing something else. [22 July 1987]
Elvis MitchellThe New York Times
The film's only bright idea is a duo named Chain Saw (Cameron) and Dave (Riley), who love horror films and instigate grisly but imaginative practical jokes, like pretending to be attacked by bunnies when the class makes a field trip to a petting zoo. [22 July 1987, p.C22]
Dave KehrChicago Tribune
It has a lack of ambition and energy that is almost total: It's the most this movie can do to roll over and ask for a little more lotion on its back. [22 July 1987]
Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle
Harmon proves that he can act stupid, and that's not enough to make the movie funny You're supposed to like Freddy (Harmon), and you're supposed to like his brainless students But you hate everybody. [24 July 1987]
Desson ThomsonWashington Post
Here are some of Summer School's favorite things: idiocy, illiteracy, irresponsibility, drunkenness, dumbness and debauchery. Piqued? [24 July 1987]
TV Guide Magazine
Another failure in Harmon's attempt to move from TV to the big screen.
Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times
A comedy so listless, leisurely and unspirited that it was an act of the will for me to care about it, even while I was watching it.