Easy A

Easy A

85%
  • PG-13, 1 hr. 32 min.
  • Comedy, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Will Gluck
    In Theaters:
    Sep 17, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 21, 2010
  • Sony Pictures/Screen Gems

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Easy A Reviews

Anna Smith
Time Out
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Stone gives a terrific performance, her knowing drawl implying intellect and indifference with underlying warmth.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

October 20, 2010
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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As for Emma Stone, she didn't have to win me over. She conquered me from the first A.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

September 21, 2010
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Easy A belongs in the company of Election, Heathers, and Mean Girls -- all motion pictures that have outlived their theatrical lives because they have unique voices and use them to say something.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

September 19, 2010
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Any movie that quotes Mark Twain, excerpts John Hughes and employs a singeing British cussword normally unheard in PG-13 high school comedies - that's all right, too. More than all right. Easy A might not ace it, but it scores a solid B.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 17, 2010
Tom Long
Detroit News
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An extremely witty, inventive, sweet and perceptive coming-out party for Emma Stone.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

September 17, 2010
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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A gem of a turn by Emma Stone as high school student Olive Penderghast makes this tale of a girl, gossip and independence a smart and self-aware hoot in the tradition of the teen flicks of the 1980s.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 17, 2010
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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Enhanced by a wicked sense of humor, Will Gluck's movie does what Hughes did best, showcasing characters with personality who make you wish you had them on speed dial.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 17, 2010
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Stone shows great self-assurance and considerable comic chops in a tour-de-force that that could have seemed smarmy and/or silly in lesser hands.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 17, 2010
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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It catapults Emma Stone into a higher place reserved for American actors who can handle elevated language with casually dazzling aplomb.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

September 17, 2010
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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It makes with the clever dialogue and it does present a world where a young woman takes charge and triumphs over peer pressure, but the filmmakers were either too lazy or inept to find a way to be hip and competent at the same time.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 3/5

September 17, 2010
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Whatever else it accomplishes, the sassy high school comedy Easy A commands attention for the irresistible presence of Emma Stone, playing a good girl who pretends to be bad.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 17, 2010
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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The material is elevated by the delightful Emma Stone, spinning comedy out of likability alone.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B-

September 17, 2010
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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Given the luminaries ... dotting the cast, this ought to be some kind of fun, but it's not nearly as much fun as it might have been

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2/5

September 16, 2010
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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A thoroughly delightful surprise, after a summer full of dim and dreary comedies.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 16, 2010
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Though the talented Stone shows off some sharp comic timing, it's hard to accept this smart, gorgeous young woman as a school misfit yearning for popularity...

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 16, 2010
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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An often hilarious and observant comedy about high school from the point of view of an extraordinarily smart and sagacious young woman.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 16, 2010
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Will Gluck's high school comedy combines the soul of John Hughes with the arch sass of Diablo Cody, and delivers something delightfully new in the process.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

September 16, 2010
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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Much of what passes for fresh in this Scarlet Letter update doesn't bear closer inspection, yet the movie is not without its pleasures, chief among them the potentially star-making lead performance by Emma Stone.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 16, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A high-spirited, whip-smart high school sex comedy told from a female perspective, Easy A is The Scarlet Letter on laughing gas.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 16, 2010
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Easy A not only makes the grade, but it comes in close to 100%.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 16, 2010
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Like the movie she's in, Olive is smart, sarcastic, and never snarky.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

September 16, 2010
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Until it spins manically out of control in the last act, Easy A is a charmer: a high school satire with a lethally sharp script and a big, smart, adorable star performance from Emma Stone.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

September 16, 2010
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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Olive is a kind of modern day Ferris Bueller. She has it pretty close to all figured out, and she even gets her own big, gratuitous musical number. It's a terrifically deadpan, lively performance from Stone.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

September 16, 2010
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Director Will Gluck shows wicked comic timing and uncommon warmth in an overworked genre.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 16, 2010
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The jokes are hit-and-miss. But Stone is one sassy babe and a breakout star who nails every zinger and brings genuine warmth to her scenes with her parents.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 16, 2010
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Not every moment of Easy A earns a passing grade, but what works in this edgy teen comedy works spectacularly well.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 16, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's a funny, engaging comedy that takes the familiar but underrated Emma Stone and makes her, I believe, a star.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 16, 2010
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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This is the kind of movie about teenagers that an adult audience should embrace. It's simply that good, and Stone is nothing short of wonderful.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 15, 2010
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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If Lindsay Lohan never makes it back to leading-lady status, then we can all comfort ourselves with the knowledge that we have Emma Stone.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

September 15, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The ghost of John Hughes smiles upon Easy A, a film that freely and giddily borrows from and pays tribute to Hughes' famous Holy Trinity of '80s teen angst comedies.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

September 15, 2010
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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You can't help but wonder why Olive doesn't just stay at home, work on her college applications and leave the sub-John Hughes melodramatics to a lesser Ringwald.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

September 15, 2010
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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Easy A tacks on a sound message about a teenage girl's right to do with her body as she wishes; the 88 preceding minutes aren't much more relevant than, as one character snarks, "a gossip girl in a sweet valley of traveling pants."

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 14, 2010
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The final mark? Well, give this proud A a solid B. It's definitely a Diablo Codyesque cut above the norm - the wit can sometimes feel contrived but at least there's wit to be found.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

September 14, 2010
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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The movie belongs to Stone, that gorgeous, husky-voiced redhead. When most actors deliver nonstop patter, their mouths get ahead of their minds, but Stone's brain works so fast that her mouth can barely keep up.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

September 13, 2010
John Anderson
Variety
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Is Olive practicing prostitution? Hair-splitters would say so, but hair-splitters likely won't be seeing Easy A, with its silliness, over-the-topitude and fabulous leading lady, who caps her fresh, charming performance with a musical number at the end.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 10, 2010
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