Kissing Jessica Stein Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 3, 2009
The cast is wonderful and the story is commendably free of the sectarian us-versus-them tone of many romantic gay movies.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
August 18, 2008
Director Charles Herman-Wurmfeld's movie knows what it wants, what its limits are, and delivers its delights accordingly.
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July 25, 2008
Pure pleasure.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Westfeldt and Juergensen's wordy script tries for both mainstream and offbeat, but gets lost in between.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
Westfeldt and Juergensen are both appealing actresses.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 5, 2002
Venturesome yet unthreatening, this movie is box-office smart enough to seem cutting-edge without ever drawing blood.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
The good news for Jessica and the rest of us is that Kissing Jessica Stein delivers that rare combination of winning traits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 11, 2002
What makes the film break the relatively new gay-film formula is the wit and charm of the two actresses, who have written themselves some sparkling lines.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 4, 2002
A terrific date movie, whatever your orientation.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 24, 2002
It all works on the level of a sprightly sitcom: lesbianism for the Lucy-and-Ethel crowd.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 22, 2002
So irresistibly funny and likable that its lack of depth is easily forgiven.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
March 22, 2002
Funny, cute and slightly subversive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 21, 2002
The performers bring freshness to what could have been cliched roles.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 21, 2002
It's funny and human and really pretty damned wonderful, all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 21, 2002
It's a charmer.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 21, 2002
Revives a genre that's been listing badly, infusing it with wit and intelligence and a welcome shot of indie energy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 19, 2002
It's the best romantic comedy I've seen in a long time.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 18, 2002
The script manages the rare trick of seeming at once both refreshingly different and reassuringly familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Loren King
Boston Globe
March 15, 2002
More than anything else, Kissing Jessica Stein injects freshness and spirit into the romantic comedy genre, which has been held hostage by generic scripts that seek to remake Sleepless in Seattle again and again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 15, 2002
[A] bright and funny romantic comedy.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
March 14, 2002
A sassy, savvy romantic comedy with a shrewd sensibility.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 14, 2002
What makes the movie a comedy is the way it avoids the more serious emotions involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 14, 2002
... if I waver in my enthusiasm, less than easily charmed by a movie trying so cheerfully to entertain, it's because Kissing Jessica Stein is all too content to be a comedy of surfaces and stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
March 13, 2002
Kissing Jessica Stein is your standard romantic comedy, only better: Twice the chicks and half the guys.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
March 13, 2002
Charming and witty, it's also somewhat clumsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
March 13, 2002
A sweet-yet-subtle romantic comedy that seduces you more with humor and compassion than with its kinky premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 13, 2002
... a delightfully unpredictable, hilarious comedy with wonderful performances that tug at your heart in ways that utterly transcend gender labels.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 13, 2002
... for an American film it is a groundbreaker in exploring the realm of sexual fluidity, and it does so with wit, wisdom and in a completely entertaining fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
March 13, 2002
... amusing but extremely derivative ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
March 12, 2002
Laugh-out-loud lines, adorably ditsy but heartfelt performances, and sparkling, bittersweet dialogue that cuts to the chase of the modern girl's dilemma.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 27, 2002
Every once in a while, a movie comes out of nowhere to kick up your spirits.
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 12, 2002
Without resorting to hyperbole, I can state that Kissing Jessica Stein may be the best same-sex romance I have seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4