• R, 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Marcos Siega
    In Theaters:
    Aug 12, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 13, 2005
  • Samuel Goldwyn Films


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Pretty Persuasion Reviews

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Bruce Feld
Film Journal International

The film is as disturbing as it is amusing, reveling in the hypocrisy of its hopelessly dysfunctional world.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007

Empire Magazine

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

June 24, 2006
Matthew Turner

Probably the darkest high school film since Heathers, which is no bad thing.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

June 24, 2006
Michelle Thomas
Future Movies UK

Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Original Score: 6/10

June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Solid performances make it work, even if the film seems slightly undernourished.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 6, 2006
Carlo Cavagna

a dark teen comedy that tries way too hard to be a dark teen comedy

Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com | Original Score: B-

October 16, 2005
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

The very dark comedy is about the crossing point of righteousness and exploitation.

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October 11, 2005
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

The movie -- a variation on the standard teen comedy -- is quirky and funny, but ever so dark.

Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal | Original Score: 3/4

October 7, 2005
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly

“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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September 30, 2005
David Gilmour
Globe and Mail
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Extremely well written in the fearless way of a smarty pants on a roll in the university cafeteria.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 23, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Scathing and hilarious social satire.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

September 22, 2005
Shawn Levy

A work sufficiently slick and accomplished that you derive a level of pleasure, despite your better instincts.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B-

September 9, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Pretty Persuasion is a nasty piece of work. Yet it offers some unvarnished and amusing thoughts about American contradictions.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 26, 2005
David Denby
New Yorker
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Wood does flip cynicism with such precise, easy rhythms and with such obvious pleasure in naughtiness that she's impossible to hate.

August 22, 2005
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

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 Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

August 12, 2005
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies

A deliciously viscous look at the evil that is the teenage girl.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 12, 2005
Tony Medley

"Mean Girls" meet "The Crucible." ...a devastating portrait of a sociopathic teenager with a tour de force by Evan Rachel Wood.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 8/10

August 12, 2005
Chris Barsanti

not just another black comedy about a manipulative high school *****

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

August 11, 2005
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 11, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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This is a very funny film about a creepy, excruciatingly lonely world.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 11, 2005
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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November 16, 2011
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Peter Bradshaw
June 24, 2006

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May 30, 2006
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
December 18, 2005

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October 1, 2005

AV Club
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September 26, 2005

Boston Phoenix
September 3, 2005
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