“Very enjoyable, with a slightly harder edge than you'd expect from a movie of this type.
“ Its all very predictable and you know Berenger will never get hurt.
“ Mandel and "Street Trash" scenarist Roy Frumkes, "Substitute 2" scribe Rocco Simonelli, and "Cat People" writer Alan Ormsby have created an entertaining, suspenseful, sometimes amusing, melodrama with a minor surprise or two.
“ The only worth while part of this film is the action packed ending even though it takes place in the halls of a school and isn't really given any logical explanation for happening.
“ Additional kudos go to Ernie Hudson who gives a riveting performance as the high school principal on the brink.
“Berenger is engaging in the lead, receiving strong support from the appealing and under-rated Venora, and Ernie Hudson, the latter cast as the principal of the school.
“ A well done entertaining action movie.
“ The soundtrack is very engaging and the production values are convincing.
“ I saw this film on telly a few nights ago (in March 2006) and ended up devoting 4 and a half hours watching both part one and part two of it because it was so engrossing.
“ Enjoyable Action flick .
“The movie builds well, but wraps up very abruptly, despite being engaging and at least somewhat believable up until that point.
“ One footchase has a sadly predictable ending, resulting in the death of one of the few truly likable characters.
“ Not exactly Tom's best outing, but enjoyable nonetheless...
“ This movie, set in South Florida, incorporates history and realistic action to weave an entertaining story of South Florida crime.
“ Even though it was kind of a low-class type of story and movie with mostly bad, profane people tossing the f-word around like it was candy, it still was an enjoyable movie in a lot of parts and certainly had a satisfying ending.
“ Fun, enjoyable, not masterpiece material .
“ Another stunning performance and it's a real shame he hasn't got the major roles he deserves.
“ The action is as fast and as furious as one of the submachine guns fired in this larger-than-life, but exciting exercise in educational reform.
“ Tom Berenger's fine performance in "The Substitute" makes the movie worth watching .
“ Brainless but Highly Entertaining .
“ Director Robert Mandel of School Ties fame does a phenomenal job tying up all the loose ends presented throughout Roy Frumkes and Rocco Simonelli's brilliant screenplay and treating the viewer to a climax that is both intensely shocking as well as entertaining.
“Overall, this film is definitely worth watching if you are into action and revenge type themes.
“ It was intense, entertaining and fun to watch.
“It's quite entertaining to watch Berenger discipline an unruly class.
“ One thing the aforementioned movies don't have, of course, are Tom Berenger's stunning purple shorts.
“ The whole thing is pretty hokey and like I said before it is very predictable.
“ It is entertaining, credible and keeps you hooked to see how they wrap it up.
“ The way lower class kids are living, which is dangerously on the edge, their way of thinking and looking at the world around them.
“ It creates almost instant rapport by sympathetic central characters, even when the plot is a tedious retreaded farrago of numerous other flicks.
“ Definitely a bit of an adrenaline rush at times with this one, I think everyone has had fantasies about kicking the crap out of their old school bullies at some point.
“ It wasn't terrible, just mundane and not very interesting.
“i was bored for a lot of it.
“ I enjoyed this movie not just because it's formula, but also because of some unexpected moments, too.
“ This film is not very good; badly directed, sloppy script, tedious stereotypes, and cliched throughout.