A genuinely sweet and romantic story for teens.
| Original Score: 4/5
Drew Barrymore's virtuoso performance smooths over the plot holes.
The most exhilarating American movie I have seen this year -- which isn't saying much.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Barrymore again displays her remarkable ability to get the audience rooting for her singular blend of vulnerability and sunny optimism.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
A surprisingly solid and entertaining teen flick
| Original Score: B+
The less Never Been Kissed forces its material, the more enjoyable it is.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Barrymore demonstrates an acute sensitivity to the angst of adolescence, and handles it with kid gloves.
| Original Score: 3/4
Have you noticed yet that there's really no point to this story?
| Original Score: 2/5
The deft script and solid performances turn what could have been empty piffle into remarkably entertaining piffle that'll leave you smiling.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Thanks to Barrymore's goodhearted presence, Josie's comic emotional journey has plenty of mass appeal.
This kind of dippy, silly drivel has no right to succeed, yet it does...
Drew Barrymore has been well cast as someone who doesn't act her age.
The script efficiently contrives a spiral of dilemmas and challenges to bring about Josie's ultimate blossoming.
The heart-affecting finale of Never Been Kissed turns the sports shrine of the pitcher's mound into a shrine for love.
Do nineties filmmakers forget what it was like to be a teenager, and call upon "Saved By the Bell" reruns for a refresher course?
Relatively inoffensive and relentlessly mediocre.
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.