She's the Man Reviews

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
March 25, 2006
Hollywood should give pre-teens more credit; they read Shakespeare, and even comprehend the intricacies of the stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
March 22, 2006
It's stupid, dull and toothless, and a classic example of why the next generation is increasingly staying away from the movie theaters. Is this all Hollywood thinks of them?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 17, 2006
As was proven with 10 Things I Hate about You, it is possible to re-imagine the Bard in a modern high school setting, but She's the Man doesn't do it well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 16, 2006
Bynes, as likable and energetic as she is, is about as masculine as Tinker Bell and just can't pull off the male transfer. It's impossible to believe classmates might believe she's a guy, but maybe they could mistake her for Velma from "Scooby-Doo."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 10, 2006
She's the Man fails to exploit the myriad comedic possibilities, settling instead for broad, unconvincing slapstick aimed at 12-year-olds and gags Shakespeare would have rejected as ancient.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 20, 2006
Mere words cannot convey how awful Bynes is at playing a girl playing a boy.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 16, 2006
Loses the most important part of Shakespeare: his insight into human behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 16, 2006
At least Andy Fickman's proto-feminist romp has the wherewithal to score some of its female empowerment action to a bubblegum pop/rock rendition of The Mary Tyler Moore Show theme song.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
March 16, 2006
The protagonist's stupidity is a powerful, brutish force, a fog that hangs over the entire film like a stench.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
The movie is noisy, obnoxious and wildly overacted, as if Fickman planned it to play only on a Sony PSP.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
March 16, 2006
Is being a Paul Walker protégé really all that desirable?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 17, 2006
As in Bynes' 2003 film What a Girl Wants, She's the Man wraps her up in a tidy romantic-comedy package with a generically non-threatening piece of Teen Beat eye candy.
| Original Score: 2/4
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
July 18, 2006
The utter absence of humor, charm, originality, or intelligence leaves this to rank among the worst of all recent teen comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat
April 11, 2006
I can't wait to see Lindsay Lohan do a version of Hamlet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
August 31, 2006
watching it helps you realize that you're not 12 anymore, and you can't be watching movies like this. Unless, of course, you're still 12, so you'll probably be cheering for Amanda Bynes
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
March 17, 2006
Energetic but lacking the wit of 10 Things I Hate About You,it requires a suspension of disbelief that only comes from taking too many soccer balls to the head.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
March 16, 2006
we get treated to more mistaken identities than a bad episode of Three's Company (a Cindy Snow/Jenilee Harrison-era episode, not the classic comedy of Suzanne Somers).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 17, 2006
Bynes is just never believable as a guy, really, but she's got so much confidence she very nearly bluffs her way through.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Susan Granger
Modamag.com
March 17, 2006
Cutsey and wholesome, filled with silly, superficial slapstick, it turns out to be far more cheesy than it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 16, 2006
Once again, Hollywood makes the mistaken assumption that cribbing Shakespearean plots and dumping the poetry will somehow download the Bard's brilliance.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
October 18, 2008
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 18, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 18, 2006

Baltimore Sun
March 18, 2006
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