Easy A Reviews

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Anna Smith
Time Out
October 20, 2010
Stone gives a terrific performance, her knowing drawl implying intellect and indifference with underlying warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 21, 2010
As for Emma Stone, she didn't have to win me over. She conquered me from the first A.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 19, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 17, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 17, 2010
An extremely witty, inventive, sweet and perceptive coming-out party for Emma Stone.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 17, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
September 17, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 17, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 17, 2010
It catapults Emma Stone into a higher place reserved for American actors who can handle elevated language with casually dazzling aplomb.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
September 17, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 17, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
September 17, 2010
The material is elevated by the delightful Emma Stone, spinning comedy out of likability alone.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
September 16, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 16, 2010
A thoroughly delightful surprise, after a summer full of dim and dreary comedies.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 16, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 16, 2010
An often hilarious and observant comedy about high school from the point of view of an extraordinarily smart and sagacious young woman.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 16, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
September 16, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 16, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 16, 2010
Easy A not only makes the grade, but it comes in close to 100%.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 16, 2010
Like the movie she's in, Olive is smart, sarcastic, and never snarky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 16, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 16, 2010
Easy A has two strong elements in its favor: heart, and Stone's terrific lead performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
September 16, 2010
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.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
September 16, 2010
Director Will Gluck shows wicked comic timing and uncommon warmth in an overworked genre.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 16, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 16, 2010
Not every moment of Easy A earns a passing grade, but what works in this edgy teen comedy works spectacularly well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 16, 2010
It's a funny, engaging comedy that takes the familiar but underrated Emma Stone and makes her, I believe, a star.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
September 15, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 15, 2010
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 | Original Score: B-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 15, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 15, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
September 14, 2010
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."
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 14, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 13, 2010
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.
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John Anderson
Variety
September 10, 2010
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.