Pretty Persuasion Reviews

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Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
The film is as disturbing as it is amusing, reveling in the hypocrisy of its hopelessly dysfunctional world.

Empire Magazine
June 24, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
June 24, 2006
Probably the darkest high school film since Heathers, which is no bad thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michelle Thomas
Future Movies UK
June 24, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 6, 2006
Solid performances make it work, even if the film seems slightly undernourished.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
October 16, 2005
a dark teen comedy that tries way too hard to be a dark teen comedy
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
October 11, 2005
The very dark comedy is about the crossing point of righteousness and exploitation.
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 7, 2005
The movie -- a variation on the standard teen comedy -- is quirky and funny, but ever so dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
September 30, 2005
“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.
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David Gilmour
Globe and Mail
September 23, 2005
Extremely well written in the fearless way of a smarty pants on a roll in the university cafeteria.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 22, 2005
Scathing and hilarious social satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
September 9, 2005
A work sufficiently slick and accomplished that you derive a level of pleasure, despite your better instincts.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 26, 2005
Pretty Persuasion is a nasty piece of work. Yet it offers some unvarnished and amusing thoughts about American contradictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 22, 2005
Wood does flip cynicism with such precise, easy rhythms and with such obvious pleasure in naughtiness that she's impossible to hate.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
August 12, 2005
An astoundingly articulate, utterly unforgiving black comedy about a teenage Satan doll who causes massive havoc in the lives of many dreadful, deserving adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
August 12, 2005
A deliciously viscous look at the evil that is the teenage girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
August 12, 2005
"Mean Girls" meet "The Crucible." ...a devastating portrait of a sociopathic teenager with a tour de force by Evan Rachel Wood.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
August 11, 2005
not just another black comedy about a manipulative high school *****
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 11, 2005
Any satire worth its salt should not be afraid to offend, and Pretty Persuasion flings mud in all directions with a fearless audacity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 11, 2005
This is a very funny film about a creepy, excruciatingly lonely world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
June 24, 2006
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Time Out
June 24, 2006

BBC.com
May 30, 2006
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
December 18, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 1, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005

Boston Phoenix
September 3, 2005
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