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Sydney White (2007)

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36

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 83
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 53

Amanda Bynes is charming, but Sydney White is a poorly adapted take on Snow White, relying on tired ethnic stereotypes laughs.

23

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 20

Amanda Bynes is charming, but Sydney White is a poorly adapted take on Snow White, relying on tired ethnic stereotypes laughs.

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Gorgeous freshman Sydney White has come to Southern Atlantic University to pledge her late mom's once-dignified sorority. But while surviving the pledging process wrought by evil campus witch Rachel, Syd finds out this version of sisterhood isn't remotely what it's cracked up to be. Banished to a condemned house on Greek Row, Syd finds her rightful place with a band of seven very socially challenged guys. With the help of one lovestruck frat boy named Tyler, she and the doofs campaign to take

PG-13,

Comedy

Chad Gomez Creasey

Jan 22, 2008

$11.7M

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All Critics (85) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (53) | DVD (9)

A lot of the acting is in the broad Disney Channel style.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A perky and chaste Y.A. update on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

September 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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One of the dopiest, goofiest, and yes, I guess you can say, sneezy-ist and sleepy-ist, movies of the year.

September 25, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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...should satisfy Bynes fans looking for a pleasant, innocuous follow-up to her last vehicle.

September 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Ms. Bynes, with her cherubic face, expressive eyes and comic timing, helps create a positive, pleasing diversion that caters to the geek in all of us.

September 21, 2007
New York Times
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Sydney White's message of embracing all kinds of people and not quaking in fear of the elite and popular is a sound one, but each twist and turn is so telegraphed and expected that the story feels wan and the comedy feeble.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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...Sydney White's astounding lack of positive attributes cements its place as an utterly worthless endeavor.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Sydney helps a group of geeks with the most mundane tasks, such as tying shoes, and waking up and there isn't one ounce of believability in the journey.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Comment (1)
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This surprisingly clever coed reworking of Snow White does for dorks what Revenge of the Nerds did for, well, you know.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

rather clever! Bynes is her usual bubbly, entertaining-self

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Moviehole
Moviehole

Audiences will identify more with Sydney White's misfit cast than its bland leading lady.

February 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Strictly for teenage girls, Sydney White is not totally without charms, but is too breathless, too cheesy and far too dorky to leave a favourable impact.

January 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A Grimm prospect for fairytale traditionalists, but breezy enough to stop tweens feeling sleepy.

January 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A decent vehicle for Bynes.

November 1, 2007 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Despite a predictable and formulaic storyline, there are enough genuine laugh-inducing moments... that Sydney White is rarely boring if not exactly fresh or original.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

I look forward to when Bynes graduates to more mature and sophisticated comedy.

October 21, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

He [Joe Nussbaum] pretty much directs by the numbers.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

This is one of those "eh" flicks, entirely mediocre.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

...pretty standard mean-girls stuff, made enjoyable by the deft casting of Bynes...

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Tween star hits college; drinking, hazing ensue.

October 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Sydney White isn't incompetently made. It's not even particularly offensive. It's just very, very uninspired and almost instantly forgettable.

September 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Whoever thought to merge "Snow White" with "Revenge of the Nerds" had a clever idea there. And you can watch it unfold in "Sydney White."

September 25, 2007 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Audience Reviews for Sydney White

Mashup of Snow White and Revenge of the Nerds is completely predictable but an enjoyable enough view if you don't expect anything but a formula film.
July 7, 2012
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jay nixon

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It was ok, but not Amanda Bynes at her best.
June 23, 2011
murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

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It was allright, funny at times, the story is quite boring though. If you've seen Revenge of the Nerds, all the way down to the line "I'm in love with a nerd/dork", then you've seen this movie already.

Sydney White has grown up amongst construction workers ever since her mother died (when she was 9). She earns a scholarship for college and hopes to follow in the footsteps of her mother and enter the Kappa sorority. When she realized the sorority life wasn't for her, she moved out of the house and moved into "The Vortex,"(Which is called Vortex because it sucks in losers) a house on Greek Row for people who don't belong. There, she meets 7 dorks (the 7 dwarves). She realizes what great people they are, and she gets one of them, Terrance, to run for Student Body President in order to take back what the Greeks have had for so long. When those dreams are denied (Terrance has already graduated), Sydney runs for president herself.
January 9, 2011
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Manu Gino

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