Never Been Kissed Reviews

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
August 7, 2007
Drew Barrymore's virtuoso performance smooths over the plot holes.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
The most exhilarating American movie I have seen this year -- which isn't saying much.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Barrymore again displays her remarkable ability to get the audience rooting for her singular blend of vulnerability and sunny optimism.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Drew Barrymore has been well cast as someone who doesn't act her age.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
Relatively inoffensive and relentlessly mediocre.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
There's plenty to pick on, such as the mean-spiritedness of much of the film's humor, or yet another relentless parade of pointless pop-culture references.
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Julie Hinds
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
Barrymore is bursting with comic flair!
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
The movie's tiresome joke is that, even the second time around, Josie still can't get it right.
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January 1, 2000
A likable romantic comedy with an engaging premise and strong cast!
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A bogus, bottom-of-the-barrel Cinderella story!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Barrymore's the reason to see it and the reason it will be widely enjoyed.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Barrymore brings so much uninhibited energy to Never Been Kissed that it points to a new direction in her acting.
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Bob Fenster
Arizona Republic
January 1, 2000
A comedy of humiliation that mistakes bathos for humor.
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Phoebe Flowers
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
Never Been Kissed never makes it, but Barrymore's worth watching.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie's screenplay is contrived and not blindingly original, but Barrymore illuminates it with sunniness, and creates a lovable character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Drew Barrymore movies have an advantage that others don't -- they have Drew Barrymore in them. But that doesn't take away from the fact that she makes more lousy pictures than any other good actress.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eleonore Snow
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
The film succeeds on the astonishing merits of its leading lady and her superior supporting cast.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
Silly, formulaic.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Seriously flawed!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Justine Elias
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
A lively tribute to the awkwardness and power of adolescent girlhood.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Embarrassing, witless!
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Dumb plot and poor script!
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Effortlessly convincing as a smart, klutzy, Marilyn Monroe-ishly vulnerable but prematurely spinsterish romantic, Barrymore displays here a comic talent equal to Goldie Hawn's or Meg Ryan's at their best.
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
The flashback-Josie is so grotesque, and the present-tense-Josie so unbelievable that "Never Been Kissed" is essentially an exercise in humiliation.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Predictable, slightly painful and as embarrassing as all get-out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
There isn't a movie actress I get a bigger kick out of watching right now than Drew Barrymore.