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She's All That

She's All That (1999)

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38

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 36

Despite its charming young leads, She's All That can't overcome its predictable, inconsistently funny script.

29

Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 10

Despite its charming young leads, She's All That can't overcome its predictable, inconsistently funny script.

audience

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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 392,243

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Movie Info

In the tradition of Clueless, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, comes a hilarious new comedy about sex, style and popularity... starring Hollywood's hottest new teenage talent. At a snobbish high school in Los Angeles, Laney is not your typical student. In a place that's all about appearances, she's all about art, truth and making a difference in the world. She never attracted much attention until the most popular guy at school bet his buddies he could transform her into the prom queen.

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

R. Lee Fleming

Jan 15, 2002

Miramax

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She's All That feels like it could have been made by a team of septuagenarians from the glory days of American Intl. Pictures.

August 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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It's often impossible to distinguish what's meant to be cartoonish from what's meant to be dramatic, but the confusion seems appropriately adolescent.

August 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A formula flick.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A trite classic.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Director Robert Iscove isn't really taxing his imagination, but that's probably just as well.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: CNN.com
CNN.com
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She's All That is essentially a formulaic comedy, but it has enough glimmerings of originality and wit to make you wish it were much bolder and funnier than it turns out to be.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A laughable film and one that doesn't need a spoof to show how idiotic it tends to be.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Uneven "ugly duckling" teen flick.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Iscove's film has its own brand of charm and is reasonable enough in its ambitions that it's awfully hard to resist.

August 7, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

She's All That is not likely to make a mark or be remembered by anyone for very long, but it's harmless enough and useful for finding the finer points of this genre.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The tempo of the film does well to cure the unlikely romance with just the right amount of anxiety and the leads -- especially Cook, who is wonderfully promising here -- create an earnestly heartfelt chemistry.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

With She's All That, we see how true garbage may nevertheless teem with a life of its own.

March 3, 2005
The Nation

It's wretchedly predictable, inconsistently funny and not always well-written. It's enjoyable enough, but a truly good movie it's not.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

Considering that all of us (even, one surmises, the young viewers smack in the hairlines of this movie's demographic gunsights) can guess where this story is going, why is the last third of this film so unrelentingly slow?

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

The dance stops eventually, and then those darn kids start talking again. Way to ruin the mood.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Contains just enough of a message about self-worth and honesty to lend some moral nutrition to the entertainment calories it provides so capably.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

She's All That showcases a pair of bright young stars whose charms partially camouflage a predictable plot.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

I gotta admit that it's kinda enjoyable, in a sugarcoated l'il story for a rainy afternoon way, but still...

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Adolescence was never supposed to be this wholesome.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

A spiffy comedy about an adorable underdog.

March 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

It is amazing that they can swipe a classic tale like [Pygmalion] and still add nothing but derivative tack-on flava to it.

June 14, 2001 Full Review

Much better than you might expect.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for She's All That

"She's All That" is probably one of the highest points in Freddy Prinze Jr.'s career, and even though this film is pretty run-of-the-mill and 100% predictable, you can definitely have some fun with it's 90's nostalgia feel. After a bet from his best friend (Paul Walker), Zack must turn the nerdiest girl in school into his prom queen. Whatever you think will happen in that type of premise, happens, and nothing really new is brought to the table, but the characters are likeable and the soundtrack is nice to hear. With some pretty one-note scriptwriting and some average cinematography, "She's All That" falls into the category of very forgettable films. Although the cast is good and the cliches are enjoyable for once, it is not strong enough to warrant a recommendation. Sadly, this is just another 90's high school romance that will flutter away with all the others.
August 15, 2014
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Rachael Leigh Cook is hot, mm'kay? In trying to uglify herself though, she contracts an unfortunate case of Vapid Face Syndrome.

To slake a hankering for classic 90s teen movie, I gave "She's All That" a re-gander and found that it hasn't held up like "10 Things I Hate About You" or "Clueless" or even the first two "American Pies." This "Pygmalion"-lite is deserving of its "Not Another Teen Movie" treatment with its easily recognizable stereotypes and suspension of disbelief. Ducky-esque Jesse is blustery and useless, and even the group dance to Fatboy Slim's "The Rockafeller Skank" (of which I never knew the title) seems lame and dated.
April 25, 2013
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

An old favourite I recently rewatched. Yes, it's far fetched, particularly the casting of Rachael Leigh Cook as an ugly girl, but is just such a nice film, I don't really care.
Great cast - whatever happened to Clea Duvall and Jodi Lynn O'Keefe? Never seem to see them anymore. Also small cameo by Sarah Michelle Gellar and fun to see a very young Anna Paquin. Freddie has a nice presence in this too.
Nice 90's teen movie, one of the better ones.
December 29, 2012
romy861

Super Reviewer

Undeniably cheesy and excessive, this teen comedy at least has a heart and some witty moments to go along with the stupid parts. The acting isn't all that great, but it doesn't really detract from the film because it is so over the top anyways. It has some funny scenes and is at least fun to watch. It has kind of endured as a 90's teen classic somehow and has been parodied a few times, which is funny considering how over the top this already is.
November 13, 2012
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

    1. Mackenzie Siler: When was the last time you tweezed?
    2. Laney Boggs: What?
    3. Mackenzie Siler: I mean your eyebrows.
    4. Laney Boggs: Never, why?
    5. Mackenzie Siler: Ever watch Sesame Street?
    6. Laney Boggs: Yeah.
    7. Mackenzie Siler: You know Bert?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Laney Boggs: Screw the dolphins.
    2. Jesse Jackson: A guy tried that last year, banned from Sea World for life.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Taylor Vaughan: Jump up my ass, Zack.
    2. Zack Siler: Been there, done that.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Zack Siler: Sometimes when you open up to people, you let the bad in with the good.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Mackenzie Siler: So who's the lucky rebound skank?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Laney Boggs: I feel just like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. You know, except for the whole hooker thing.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
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