Josie and the Pussycats Reviews

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
April 18, 2007
This self-styled self-reflexive comedy asks the question, just how stupid are teenagers?
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Joe Leydon
Variety
April 18, 2007
This is one sharp pussycat.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Aaaaah, what a classic!
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 18, 2001
Their cool-to-be-cruel stance is too hip for the room and a likely turnoff for preteen girls who don't like fluff balls laced with bile.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jane Dark
Village Voice
April 16, 2001
When on work release from the Von Trier festival, I like such cheap thrills.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
April 13, 2001
The concept is so hypocritical, it's like Britney Spears calling Christina Aguilera underdressed and overexposed.
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April 13, 2001
It's amazing that writer-directors Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont sustain this in-jokey screwball punk musical satire as long as they do.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 13, 2001
It's a prefabrication railing at prefabrication.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 12, 2001
Nothing more than a cutesy movie strapped with a bad and obvious idea: marketing gone amok.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sean Means
Film.com
April 12, 2001
I've seen NBA games where the advertising was more discreet.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 12, 2001
Give it this much: The movie's got bounce.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
April 11, 2001
If this live-action adaptation of pop-cultural piffle isn't proof of moviedom's creative poverty, nothing is.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 11, 2001
It's okay as far as it goes.
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John Zebrowski
Seattle Times
April 11, 2001
It's hard not to wonder if the real point of the joke -- that kids are controlled by corporations -- wasn't just to create a 95-minute marketing vehicle.
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Wesley Morris
San Francisco Chronicle
April 11, 2001
You feel the movie getting bogged down under its thesis, which is a half-baked conspiracy theory to begin with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 11, 2001
What saves Josie and the Pussycats from its predictable, sour plot (and its dark, ugly visuals) is its playful spirit.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 11, 2001
Juicy, fruity, cunningly subversive.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
April 11, 2001
Gruelingly self-referential, substituting sarcasm for irony.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 11, 2001
More fun than you'd expect.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
April 11, 2001
A cautionary, almost sci-fi stab at how hollow our consumerist society can become.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
April 11, 2001
Has substance to match its sparkle, sassiness and, yes, volleys of girlish squealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 11, 2001
Josie and the Pussycats are not dumber than the Spice Girls, but they're as dumb as the Spice Girls, which is dumb enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
April 11, 2001
Mindless glitz-o-ramas don't get any snazzier.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 11, 2001
Girl-pop fans might find themselves drawn to their local record store in search of the soundtrack, no subliminal messages needed.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 11, 2001
Gets a lot of mileage out of its spirited performers and their peppy music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 10, 2001
If its ragtag heroines are as wholesome as ice-cream cones and as skimpily dressed as Hooters servers, at least they are not conformist mallrats.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
April 10, 2001
Dippy, funny, and fast-paced enough to be a guilty pleasure.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
April 10, 2001
Makes high fun out of lowball entertainment.
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Sara Wildberger
Miami Herald
April 10, 2001
There have been too many movies trading on old TV shows for another one to inspire anything but weariness.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 10, 2001
What we have here are three boring actresses playing three boring characters in one boring movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
April 9, 2001
Admittedly has its moments of pop culture-skewering pleasure.