• 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

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
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
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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A smart little teen picture that, for a change, actually features recognizable teens.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 7, 2004
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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I would be more amused if the topic of rich material girls had not been worn to a thread elsewhere.

August 1, 2004
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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A teen movie I enjoyed enormously, much to my surprise.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

May 20, 2004
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Mean Girls isn't a particularly deep picture, but it does have some weight and ballast.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

May 1, 2004
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Mean Girls has a sharp, grown-up sensibility that belies its marketing as airhead comedy.

April 30, 2004
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Boasts a one-two-three punch in star Lindsay Lohan, screenwriter Tina Fey and director Mark Waters, and, indeed, it delivers a knockout.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 30, 2004
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Girls, which gets funnier as it goes, is [Lorne Michaels'] best since 1992's Wayne's World.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2004
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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It all seems, finally, as if Fey is pulling her punches, an unusually defensive posture for her.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

April 30, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Waters tries for a tone that mixes dark humor and emotional realism, and he often finds it.

| Original Score: B

April 30, 2004
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Tart and refreshing, Mean Girls is the kind of high-school movie that really feels as if it's for grown-ups -- but hey, the teens can come, too.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 30, 2004
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A smart little comedy that tries, within the limits of the teen-movie form, to say some real things about high school girls and the struggle for popularity.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Fey subverts formula to find comic gold.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2004
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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It's that rare teen comedy that both teens and former teens can enjoy.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

April 30, 2004
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Takes on issues of self-loathing, body image, competition and female sabotage. Even better, it does it with a smile.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

April 30, 2004
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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It's an improvement over the dire Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, but Mean Girls is nowhere near as satisfying as Freaky Friday.

| Original Score: 2/4

April 30, 2004
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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[Fey's] snappy script and the deft direction of Mark Waters, who did Freaky Friday, keep the laughs coming.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2004
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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With colorful characters and snappy performances, Mean Girls is a rare laugh-out-loud film.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: A

April 30, 2004
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Lohan ... is a good reactive young actress, and London, Ont., native Rachel McAdams is excellently evil.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 30, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's good for some laughs. And that's all it intends to be.

| Original Score: B-

April 30, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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The funniest, most unassumingly subversive teen movie since 2000's Bring It On.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2004
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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Fey may be going for wickedly funny, but alas, she stops at wicked.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

April 30, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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In a wasteland of dumb movies about teenagers, Mean Girls is a smart and funny one.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The movie is always entertaining and frequently smart about the new ground one girl will break to humiliate another.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2004
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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Originality is never the point of an entertainment like this; the point is that director Mark Waters, who capably guided Lohan through last year's Freaky Friday, has specific marks to hit in Mean Girls, and he hits them with confidence.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 29, 2004
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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This tart and often charming new comedy is a version of the heart-of-darkness teen social comedy Heathers for the tweener audience.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 29, 2004
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Lohan, who intrepidly filled Hayley Mills' sneakers in the remake of The Parent Trap and butted heads with Jamie Lee Curtis in Freaky Friday, has grown into an accomplished and beautiful actress.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

April 29, 2004
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Often clever and insightful.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

April 29, 2004
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Displaying a rare mix of humor and heart, Mean Girls deserves mention along with such coming-of-age favorites as Girls Just Want to Have Fun and Sixteen Candles.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 29, 2004
David Edelstein
Slate
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Even at its squarest, the movie's mixture of parody and therapy feels kind of... hip.

Full Review Source: Slate

April 29, 2004
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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What it lacks in freshness ... Mean Girls makes up for with its shrewd insights into the female adolescent psyche and all its accompanying neuroses.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 29, 2004
Karen Heller
Philadelphia Inquirer
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This is a witty little movie, but a kind coda can't erase its withering bite.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

April 29, 2004
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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Proves to be less than the sum of its parts, but when it rocks, it rocks you silly.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

April 29, 2004
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's hard to find something nice to say about Mean Girls.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 29, 2004
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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It's as if Waters assembled a bunch of performers ... who were born to be thorns in the flesh of the status quo, and instructed them to remain calm at all times and pursue the happy, morally uplifting ending.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 29, 2004
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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Though not a perfect comedy, it manages to be quite often laugh-out-loud funny.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 29, 2004
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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A harbinger of hope not only for future feminist comedies of any grit but also for SNL-staffed feature films that don't disproportionately suck.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

April 28, 2004
David Rooney
Variety
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As she did in Freaky Friday, Lohan displays plenty of charm, verve and deft comic timing as she switches between innocence and craftiness.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 27, 2004
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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Director Waters and screenwriter Tina Fey ... aim less for the usual high-gloss caricature than acutely hilarious sociology.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 27, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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In the end, Mean Girls isn't mean enough.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 27, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It has a little bit of National Lampoon sensibility, kinda funny; I can't quite recommend it.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

April 26, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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One of the movie's achievements is persuading the audience to stay firmly in Cady's camp during her odyssey of self-discovery.

April 26, 2004
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