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Legally Blonde (2001)

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68

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 138
Fresh: 94 | Rotten: 44

Though the material is predictable and formulaic, Reese Witherspoon's funny, nuanced performance makes this movie better than it would have been otherwise.

61

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 13

Though the material is predictable and formulaic, Reese Witherspoon's funny, nuanced performance makes this movie better than it would have been otherwise.

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Movie Info

Elle Woods has it all. She's the president of her sorority, a Hawaiian Tropic girl, Miss June in her campus calendar, and, above all, a natural blonde. She dates the cutest fraternity boy on campus and wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner Huntington III. But, there's just one thing stopping Warner from popping the question: Elle is too blonde. Growing up across the street from Aaron Spelling might mean something in LA, but nothing to Warner's East-Coast blue blood family. So, when Warner

PG-13,

Comedy

Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith

Nov 6, 2001

$95.0M

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All Critics (161) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (94) | Rotten (44) | DVD (33)

Ms. Witherspoon won me over right from the start.

July 20, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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It's a formula that's well done here with plenty of laughs.

July 16, 2001 Full Review Source: CNN.com
CNN.com
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They've devised a potentially rich premise, only to play it safe, smoothing off every sharp edge and dumbing down any acerbic point.

July 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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As an actor of distinction who's all of 25, Reese Witherspoon reveals interesting dark roots even as she plays golden girls.

July 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Slick, sexy, and charming, this romantic comedy should catapult the gifted Reese Witherspoon to major movie stardom

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Bombshell discovers her brainy side in fun romp for teens+.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

"Legally Blonde" is a career misstep for a talented actress capable of creating much more complex characters.

August 18, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Comment (1)
ColeSmithey.com

An agreeable trifle, a fairy-tale piece of fluff that is nevertheless fun and funny.

August 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

...consistently entertaining and enjoyable.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Silly comic fluff with as much substance as a scented resume printed on pink paper. But this movie is deliciously funny.

May 28, 2003 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com | Comment (1)

With Witherspoon donning 40 different hairstyles for her role as the pouty and perky Elle, Legally Blonde is a ditsy and Day-Glo treat.

March 26, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

This is a modern day Capra movie, which means you might be embarrassed to tell your friends you went to see it, but you left the theater with a big smile on your face.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Mrs. Witherspoon is cast well below her considerable talents as an airhead Bel Air brat who has it all.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Witherspoon deserves better than this.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Comes up just short of making a winning case.

September 6, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Witherspoon again skillfully plays against her looks. And, as the movie repeatedly points out, that's hard to do when you're blonde.

August 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Lawrence Journal-World
Lawrence Journal-World

Soak in Witherspoon's pleasing performance and the good-natured comedy and have a good time.

July 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Witherspoon makes Elle such an engaging, effervescent personality you can't take your eyes off of her.

June 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Legally Blonde es sólo una comedia inocua que puede hacernos una tarde dominguera más amena pero nada más.

June 8, 2002
Cinenganos

Witherspoon quase nos faz ignorar o absurdo da situação proposta pelo roteiro.

May 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

You have to appreciate a movie whose title essentially sums up the whole thing.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Se puede ver si se toma como la típica película dominguera para pasar un rato sentado en la oscuridad de una sala de cine, pero no ofrece nada más.

January 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Moviola

...Misses a plum opportunity to be the post-Marilyn blonde movie...

November 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

...a modern fairy-tale fantasy about clichéd images and, better, a film that never takes itself, its characters, or its messages too seriously.

November 2, 2001
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Legally Blonde

Reese is so cool. Barbie meets LA Law! Elle wants to marry Warner but gets dumped as he wants a serious girlfriend. He gets to Harvard and she is hot on his trail. Dog in tow.
March 20, 2013
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Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Pretty sure I was dragged into seeing this with my mom, not really my cup of tea. For what it is though, it is a clever and somewhat funny movie.
October 24, 2011
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

Finally got around to a rewatch of this. This is one of those films I loved at the time, but a dodgy sequel, followed by a third, even worse one had dulled the memory of the original. I haven't watched this one in about three years, and I wondered if there would ever come the day I would want to watch it again, but the day came!
I was amazed again by how good this movie actually was - this is for sure a superior chick flick. Reese is perfectly cast as fluffy Elle who is as bright as she is ditzy. You can not help but like her and darned if I didn't find the ending moving! A great message to this movie about strength and using your brain and there is more to life than men (especially one who doesn't deserve you!). There is still a romantic side to this, Elle does meet a nice guy by the end and Warner gets the boot for once and for all from both the ladies in his life!
Added to this, I loved Reese's hair all through this and all the clothes! I guess the one small cringe moment is the "bend and snap", but it's a small gripe in an otherwise feel good and inspiring movie. There are certainly worse ones for young girls to watch! (and slightly older ones. haha).
September 24, 2011
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    1. Brooke Taylor Windham: You're an angel.
    2. Elle Woods: So how are you? Are you all right? You look so orange.
    3. Brooke Taylor Windham: I'm just glad that it's you and not Callahan
    4. Elle Woods: He means well. He's very brilliant.
    5. Brooke Taylor Windham: He better be, for what I'm paying for him.
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (12 months ago)
    1. Elle Woods: Is that low-viscosity rayon? With a half-loop top stitching on the hem?
    2. Boutique Saleswoman: Of course. It's one of a kind.
    3. Elle Woods: It's impossible to use a half-loop stitching on low-viscosity rayon. It would snag the fabric. And you didn't just get it in - I saw it in the June Vogue a year ago. So if you're trying to sell it to me for full price, you've picked the wrong girl.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (19 months ago)
    1. Elle Woods: That's great, Paulette. Is that the only interaction you two have ever had?
    2. Paulette Bonafonte: No! Sometimes I say 'okay' instead of 'fine.'
    – Submitted by Folashade K (19 months ago)
    1. Elle Woods: I don't need back-ups. I'm going to Harvard.
    2. CULA Advisor: Well then, you'll need excellent recommendations from your professors.
    3. Elle Woods: Okay.
    4. CULA Advisor: And a heck of an admissions essay.
    5. Elle Woods: Right.
    6. CULA Advisor: And at least a 175 on your LSATs.
    7. Elle Woods: I once had to judge a tighty-whitey contest for Lambda Kappa Pi. Trust me, I can handle anything.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (19 months ago)
    1. Elle Woods: Excuse me. [turns around and slaps David] Why didn't you call me? We spent a beautiful night together and I haven't heard from you since.
    2. Dorky David: [pause] I'm sorry?
    3. Elle Woods: Sorry for what? For breaking my heart, or for giving me the greatest pleasure I've ever known and just taking it away?
    4. Dorky David: Both?
    5. Elle Woods: Well, forget it. I've spent too much time crying over you.
    6. Freshman Girl: [after Elle has walked off] So, when did you wanna go out?
    – Submitted by Folashade K (19 months ago)
    1. Elle Woods: This is what I need to become.
    2. Old Lady at Manicurist: What? Practically deformed?
    3. Elle Woods: No, a law student.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (19 months ago)
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