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Clueless (1995)

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81

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 57
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 11

A funny and clever reshaping of Emma, Clueless offers a soft satire that pokes as much fun at teen films as it does at the Beverly Hills glitterati.

85

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 2

A funny and clever reshaping of Emma, Clueless offers a soft satire that pokes as much fun at teen films as it does at the Beverly Hills glitterati.

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Movie Info

Jane Austen might never have imagined that her 1816 novel Emma could be turned into a fresh and satirical look at ultra-rich teenagers in a Beverly Hills high school. Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash), both named after "great singers of the past that now do infomercials," are pampered upper-class girls who care less about getting good grades than wearing the right clothes and being as popular as possible. But Cher, who lives with her tough yet warm-hearted lawyer dad (Dan

PG-13,

Romance, Comedy, Special Interest

Amy Heckerling

Oct 19, 1999

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (11) | DVD (31)

There's such a gaping discontinuity between her physical beauty and her vacant, gum-snapping personality that she's like a walking advertisement for everything that's right and wrong with America.

August 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The summer's most compelling movie about teenagers.

August 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Newsweek
Newsweek
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A fresh, disarmingly bright and at times explosively funny comedy well worth a trip to the mall, even if it eventually runs out of gas.

August 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Though this drifts at times as storytelling, it's mainly lightweight but personable fun.

August 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Silverstone makes Cher's insularity appealingly innocent (even in the midst of crisis, she can't resist checking out the latest fashion lines), and an attempted seduction scene is sweetly hopeless.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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While Miss Silverstone guides Cher through the witty costume changes that serve as character development, she's backed up by a solid supporting cast.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Its goal is humble: to walk the line between bubblegum pop that indulges trends, and a halfhearted critique of shallowness. I don't think this is what feminists mean by "having it all"...

May 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

offers some of the best humor, entertainment, and social insight the teen comedy genre has to offer

April 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

'Clueless' is a sweet, comical, satiric, knowing film, and it's anything but clueless.

April 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A gag-inducing Four Loko misfire.

January 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

The most surprising thing about Clueless, given how enthusiastically it indicts its characters and their universe, is how much fun it is.

April 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Clueless is a happy bubble, and Alicia Silverstone comes into her own as a confident young comedienne.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comment (1)
eFilmCritic.com

...although the movie isn't quite the classic it's been made out to be, it's a mindlessly diverting way to kill 97 minutes.

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
Reel Film Reviews

Smug and self-loathing.

September 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

The movie's simple yet spot-on characters and performances make the laughs timeless, no matter how firmly the film is set in 1995.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

The fact that you instantly like these spoiled little rich kids is a testament to Amy Heckerling's skills as a screenwriter.

September 2, 2005 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

A very funny movie that elevates its genre.

August 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Quickly becoming a teen-angst classic.

July 14, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

Sly, witty comedy.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

If not classic and generation-defining, then pretty dang close.

April 7, 2004
New Times

Totally girly-girly!

January 21, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Clueless

Sweet and fun. That's how I can describe it. Worth watching.
January 20, 2014
Raajay

Super Reviewer

Cute, no other way to describe this movie. I am sure everyone has seen it by now too, so no real point reviewing it. Alicia's best role, I still love most of her outfits in this.
Now kind of sad viewing seeing Brittany Murphy - there's an actress I think could have gone further.
November 30, 2012
romy861

Super Reviewer

Need to see it again, but think it was quite funny in a cheesy way.
July 5, 2011
Deano78

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    1. Cher Horowitz: This is California, not Kentucky?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Travis: I would like to say this. Tardiness is not something you can do on your own. Many, many people contributed to my tardiness. I would like to thank my parents for never giving me a ride to school, the LA city bus driver who took a chance on an unknown kid and last but not least, the wonderful crew from McDonalds who spend hours making those egg McMuffins without which I might never be tardy.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (14 months ago)
    1. Dionne: Cher's saving herself for Luke Perry.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (14 months ago)
    1. Cher Horowitz: Dionne and her boyfriend Murray are in this dramatic relationship. I think they've seen that Ike and Tina Turner movie too many times.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (14 months ago)
    1. Cher Horowitz: Until mankind is peaceful enough not to have violence on the news, there's no point in taking it out of shows that need it for entertainment value.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (14 months ago)
    1. Cher Horowitz: Okay, so you're probably going, "Is this like a Noxzema commercial or what?" But seriously, I actually have a way normal life for a teenage girl.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (14 months ago)
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