The film is as disturbing as it is amusing, reveling in the hypocrisy of its hopelessly dysfunctional world.
| Original Score: 3/5
Probably the darkest high school film since Heathers, which is no bad thing.
| Original Score: 4/5
| Original Score: 6/10
Solid performances make it work, even if the film seems slightly undernourished.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
a dark teen comedy that tries way too hard to be a dark teen comedy
| Original Score: B-
The very dark comedy is about the crossing point of righteousness and exploitation.
The movie -- a variation on the standard teen comedy -- is quirky and funny, but ever so dark.
| Original Score: 3/4
“Pretty Persuasion” is a formidable effort that shows how powerful, rich, pretty young girls might get their way if they just stop feeling and just start thinking.
Extremely well written in the fearless way of a smarty pants on a roll in the university cafeteria.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Scathing and hilarious social satire.
A work sufficiently slick and accomplished that you derive a level of pleasure, despite your better instincts.
Pretty Persuasion is a nasty piece of work. Yet it offers some unvarnished and amusing thoughts about American contradictions.
Wood does flip cynicism with such precise, easy rhythms and with such obvious pleasure in naughtiness that she's impossible to hate.
An astoundingly articulate, utterly unforgiving black comedy about a teenage Satan doll who causes massive havoc in the lives of many dreadful, deserving adults.
A deliciously viscous look at the evil that is the teenage girl.
"Mean Girls" meet "The Crucible." ...a devastating portrait of a sociopathic teenager with a tour de force by Evan Rachel Wood.
| Original Score: 8/10
not just another black comedy about a manipulative high school *****
Any satire worth its salt should not be afraid to offend, and Pretty Persuasion flings mud in all directions with a fearless audacity.
This is a very funny film about a creepy, excruciatingly lonely world.
| Original Score: 4.5/5