"Bad Teacher isn't subtle in its 'borrowing' from its clear inspiration [Bad Santa], but it is savvy."
— Nathan Rabin, Onion AV Club
"...it isn't a complete failure, more like a C+/B- student that could have tried harder."
— Leslie Felperin, Variety
— John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"...there's so little bounce — or real shock — to the film's overly controlled look how rude we're being! black comedy that the audience is left stranded."
— Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"...a comedy that's never as bad as it wants to be."
— Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"It's all just an embarrassment, the kind of pointless slog you'll encounter on Netflix in two years and wonder, How the hell did that get made?"
— Andrew O'Hehir, Salon