Mean Girls Reviews

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October 24, 2011
The best of the recent clutch of teen movies, Mean Girls also represents a return to form for the filmmaking wing of Saturday Night Live.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Mature but often-hilarious teen comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
September 19, 2010
Lindsay Lohan is more likely to die before 30 than to land another lead role as suited to her (likely squandered) talent. Tina Fey's script is an observant equal-opportunity offender about how high school remains a jungle of hormones and haughtiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 19, 2009
Like Heathers with the edges filed down a bit...the kind of smooth, clever (and rare) entertainment that critics and audiences can all enjoy, guilt-free. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A very intelligent, often funny, well written and clever satire on high school and its status quo...
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
April 18, 2009
The film boasts a solidly female cast, and its' a well cast film at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 9, 2009
Like the wannabes at North Shore, Mean Girls longs to take a step beyond the ordinary, but it takes the easier, more traditional route instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2008
Though better written, better acted and with more wit and subtlety than your average teen flick, the atmosphere in Mean Girls with its promiscuous sex and well, meanness, make it almost as nasty to sit through as these girls are to each other.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
A lively and upbeat teen comedy that grapples with social dynamics, Mean Girls is fresh, spicy and laden with plenty of tang.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
It's not a classic, but it's an above-average and refreshingly smart teen comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
September 27, 2007
It announces the arrival of Tina Fey into the ranks of smart screenwriters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 19, 2007
Lacks the genuine bile that made Heathers so bracing.
Eric Melin
September 29, 2006
Props to Tina Fey for being the first cast member since Mike Myers in Wayne's World to survive her movie being produced by Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels -- and not also have her movie completely suck.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Hertz
Christianity Today
September 27, 2006
Mean Girls lacks sincerity, and instead acts like any teenage queen bee -- being cruel and picking on the weak -- only to then break its own rules and be hypocritical.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Jessica Winter
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Happily, Fey and Waters gently tweak the studios' usual high-gloss caricature of adolescence and aim for acutely hilarious and surprisingly empathic sociology.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The stinging wit of first-time screenwriter Tina Fey gives Mean Girls a zest and zing few high school comedies ever muster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Zinsli
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
It is precisely intelligence, and Fey's refusal to talk down to her audience, that elevates Mean Girls above most other teen movies out there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Nails the "survival of the fittest" mentality that permeates high school social life.
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
October 1, 2004
Has the truth-exposing agenda of Election and almost as much bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Sandy Maynard
September 29, 2004
The distributors didn't try to rook impatient people by first releasing a "Plain Jane" edition then waiting six months to release this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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