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Never Been Kissed (1999)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 81
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 35

Unoriginal and unremarkable high school satire adds little to the genre.


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 14

Unoriginal and unremarkable high school satire adds little to the genre.



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Many people wish they could go back to high school, knowing what they know as an adult; Josie Geller gets the chance to do just that in the comedy Never Been Kissed. Josie (played by Drew Barrymore) is a 25-year-old copy editor at a newspaper in Chicago. But it's her youthful looks as much as her journalistic skills that finally win her a writing assignment: she's ordered to enroll in high school posing as a teenager for a story on the state of America's youth. Trouble is, Josie was a hopeless



Jan 8, 2002

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All Critics (85) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (35) | DVD (9)

Drew Barrymore's virtuoso performance smooths over the plot holes.

August 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The most exhilarating American movie I have seen this year -- which isn't saying much.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Barrymore again displays her remarkable ability to get the audience rooting for her singular blend of vulnerability and sunny optimism.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Drew Barrymore has been well cast as someone who doesn't act her age.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Relatively inoffensive and relentlessly mediocre.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
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While Never Been Kissed belongs heart and soul to Barrymore, Sobieski's natural poise and assurance reminds us that her own prime time is not so very far away.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A genuinely sweet and romantic story for teens.

December 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The material is pretty much the same as She's All That and the other recent high school movies, but Barrymore has the big screen stuff to pull it off.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

This is an okay date flick. It's somewhat forgettable, like high school should be, but possessing a few moments it'll be tough to get out of your head.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A surprisingly solid and entertaining teen flick

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The less Never Been Kissed forces its material, the more enjoyable it is.

June 12, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Barrymore demonstrates an acute sensitivity to the angst of adolescence, and handles it with kid gloves.

May 14, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Have you noticed yet that there's really no point to this story?

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Comments (2)
Film Quips Online

The deft script and solid performances turn what could have been empty piffle into remarkably entertaining piffle that'll leave you smiling.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Never Been Kissed, like so many coulda-shoulda-woulda-been-good movies, starts out strong. Then it loses its nerve in the third act, substituting a fuzzy emotional spectacle for a coherent conclusion.

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

Thanks to Barrymore's goodhearted presence, Josie's comic emotional journey has plenty of mass appeal.

September 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This kind of dippy, silly drivel has no right to succeed, yet it does...

March 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The script efficiently contrives a spiral of dilemmas and challenges to bring about Josie's ultimate blossoming.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

The heart-affecting finale of Never Been Kissed turns the sports shrine of the pitcher's mound into a shrine for love.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Do nineties filmmakers forget what it was like to be a teenager, and call upon "Saved By the Bell" reruns for a refresher course?

October 22, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

When the story begins to turn toward Josie's growing relationship with her attractive English teacher, Sam Coulson (Michael Vartan), the movie begins to unravel because it's dealing with a subject that is above its grasp.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
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Audience Reviews for Never Been Kissed

I love Drew in these rom coms. She plays a geeky girl who goes back to high school as an undercover reporter.
April 28, 2013
Candy Rose

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This is a movie I loved when I was younger, but as I got older it got more ridiculous and less funny. It has a story that has been used in other films, but Barrymore gives it a fresh, cute feel, and it has heart too, so I still like it.
October 26, 2012

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Rob Geller: Wow, that was just like "Carrie"! I thought she was gonna kill us all. 

"A Comedy With Class"

Never Been Kissed is one of the sorriest excuses for a movie I have seen. It's so annoyingly joyful. It's basically one huge delusion. Hey, I can go back to high school where I never really fit in, and have a second chance. Oh, look now I'm the most popular girl in school and all the boys want to tickle my belly button from the inside(obvious Youth in Revolt allusion). But I'm still the girl I was when no one liked me. I still have a great modesty about me that I'll give up my reign on top for a fellow nerd in need. And you know what? I'll still get the guy. Give me a fucking break. Could this movie be anymore predictable and dull? Answer: Probably, but not much more.

The movie is extremely flawed in a variety of ways; some don't even pertain to the travesty they kill this plot. Their high school research was awful. These characters didn't feel like real high school students to me in the way good high school movies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Dazed and Confused did. It feels more like their not even using cliche, but just the cliches, cliches. I know that makes no sense at all, but it is the only way to describe this film. Here's the plot. A copy editor get assigned to go undercover at a high school posing as a teenager, and find a story. When the story involves her getting in good with the cool kids, her brother comes along for the ride also posing as a student.

This is one of those romantic comedies that you have to have a vagina to watch. I'm a guy who can appreciate good, romantic movies, but when they are as tired and shamefully optimistic as this one, they can't be enjoyed by me. I'm actually a fan of Drew Barrymore, and it pains me that I hate this movie and her character as much as I do, but it's just the fact. The last scene of this movie made me nauseous at how fake and corny it was. I'm gonna put myself in front of the world and let my love come to me. Put five minutes on the clock. I wonder what's going to happen. Fuck this movie.
July 10, 2012
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

I don't wanna be the badguy...but kinda boring
September 18, 2011
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

    1. Sam Coulson: All I can tell you is that when you're my age, guys will be lined up around the corner for you.
    2. Josie Geller: You have to say that because you're my teacher.
    3. Sam Coulson: Actually, I shouldn't say that because I'm your teacher.
    – Submitted by Olivia B (2 years ago)
    1. Josie Geller: That thing. That moment when you kiss someone, and everything around you becomes hazy, and the only thing in focus is you and this person, and you realize that that person is the only person that you're suppose to kiss for the rest of your life.
    – Submitted by Olivia B (2 years ago)
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