• 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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The material in Pretty Persuasion needed to be handled as heavy drama, or played completely for comedy, and by trying to have it both ways, the movie has it neither way.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2005
James Berardinelli
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Reminds me of a half-hour TV series that has a great pilot episode, then falls apart in subsequent installments.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

August 31, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Too broadly played to achieve its dark satirical aspirations and too downright silly to pass for a serious commentary on contemporary society.

February 26, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's so smug about it and pleased with itself.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

August 29, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

An often-funny movie that has two dumb ideas for every good one.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

September 29, 2005
Christian Toto
Washington Times

Pretty Persuasion thinks it's smarter than everyone in the audience. It's not.

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 26, 2005
Eric D. Snider

What Pretty Persuasion seems to want most of all is to be outrageous,

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C

March 12, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Pretty Persuasion considers itself snarky black comedy, one of those self-consciously 'outrageous' artifacts that means to shock even as it amuses.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 26, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Most of the problem behind this misshapen lump of a movie is that Siega comes from a long line of music-video and TV directors who can't... sustain a feature film.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

August 29, 2005
Chelsea Bain
Boston Herald

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 2/4

October 21, 2006
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine

Has a streak of originality a mile long and about an inch deep.

Full Review Source: Now Playing Magazine | Original Score: D+

August 12, 2005
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

This black comedy's mean-spiritedness comes in one size that fits all.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

August 20, 2005
Rob Blackwelder

Puerile social satire, stinging only insomuch as its unsophisticated wit and overwhelming smugness are painful to sit through.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 1/4

August 26, 2005
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

(Marcus) Siega plays racism, class disdain, ignorance and self-absorption for glib laughs in his equally glib satire...

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: D

September 1, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The movie wants so badly to be mentioned in the same breath as Heathers or Election that it's not even funny. Really, I mean it, this charred-black comedy is not even funny.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D-

August 10, 2005
John Anderson
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Skander Halim's script and Siega's direction often clash with their own very dark plot.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 11, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Pretty Persuasion is so exploitative and misogynistic that its last-minute dramatic turns and pleas for tolerance and understanding come off as manipulative as its heroine.

| Original Score: 2/4

August 12, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Partly a character study, partly a monster movie (with the girl as the monster) and partly a satire of American values in the modern age, the film is also, alas, only partly successful.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

August 26, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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| Original Score: C

August 27, 2005
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Leaves no gender, race, class or religion untouched in its scabrous effort to show how cruel humans can be. But it also leaves viewers with no one at all to like, or believe.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

September 1, 2005
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
December 18, 2005
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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November 16, 2011
Peter Bradshaw
June 24, 2006

Boston Phoenix
September 3, 2005

AV Club
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September 26, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 1, 2005

May 30, 2006

Time Out
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June 24, 2006
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