• PG-13, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Mark Waters (VIII)
    In Theaters:
    Apr 30, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 21, 2004
  • Paramount Pictures


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Mean Girls Reviews

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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.

Full Review Source: Film4

October 24, 2011
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Mature but often-hilarious teen comedy.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 26, 2010
Nick Rogers

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 Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 19, 2010
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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 Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

June 19, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A very intelligent, often funny, well written and clever satire on high school and its status quo...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

The film boasts a solidly female cast, and its' a well cast film at that.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3/5

April 18, 2009
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

April 9, 2009
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

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 Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: D+

October 29, 2008
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

A lively and upbeat teen comedy that grapples with social dynamics, Mean Girls is fresh, spicy and laden with plenty of tang.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 18, 2008
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

It's not a classic, but it's an above-average and refreshingly smart teen comedy.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3/4

December 27, 2007
Rob Gonsalves

It announces the arrival of Tina Fey into the ranks of smart screenwriters.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

September 27, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Lacks the genuine bile that made Heathers so bracing.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 19, 2007
Eric Melin

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 Source: Lawrence.com | Original Score: 3/4

September 29, 2006
Todd Hertz
Christianity Today

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

September 27, 2006
Jessica Winter
Time Out
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Happily, Fey and Waters gently tweak the studios' usual high-gloss caricature of adolescence and aim for acutely hilarious and surprisingly empathic sociology.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The stinging wit of first-time screenwriter Tina Fey gives Mean Girls a zest and zing few high school comedies ever muster.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 26, 2006
Christopher Zinsli
Film Threat

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 Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

December 6, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Nails the "survival of the fittest" mentality that permeates high school social life.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness

May 4, 2005
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

Has the truth-exposing agenda of Election and almost as much bite.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 8/10

October 1, 2004
Sandy Maynard

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 Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 29, 2004
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