10 Things I Hate About You 1999

10 Things I Hate About You

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Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger add strong performances to an unexpectedly clever script, elevating 10 Things (slightly) above typical teen fare.

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Movie Info

Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) is beautiful, smart and quite abrasive to most of her fellow teens, meaning that she doesn't attract many boys. Unfortunately for her younger sister, Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), house rules say that she can't date until Kat has a boyfriend, so strings are pulled to set the dour damsel up for a romance. Soon Kat crosses paths with handsome new arrival Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger). Will Kat let her guard down enough to fall for the effortlessly charming Patrick?

Cast & Crew

Heath Ledger
Patrick 'Pat' Verona
Julia Stiles
Katarina 'Kat' Stratford
Larisa Oleynik
Bianca Stratford
David Krumholtz
Michael Eckman
Andrew Keegan
Joey Donner
Larry Miller
Mr. Walter Stratford
Jeffrey Chernov
Executive Producer
Jody Hedien
Co-Producer
Seth Jaret
Executive Producer
Greg Silverman
Associate Producer
George Clinton
Original Music
Janet English
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Critic Reviews for 10 Things I Hate About You

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (24)

  • [Stiles] is quite successful in the role and well-matched with Ledger.

    April 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Quirky, inventive, and brimming over with clever visual gags and colorful supporting characters, 10 Things uses Shakespeare as a jumping-off point to playfully send up a society that doesn't know what to do with a strong woman.

    January 28, 2019 | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

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  • A movie that looks outward, that leads you elsewhere, out of the self, toward literature and life.

    January 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A witty reworking of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew in the form of a modern-day screwball teen comedy, Gil Junger's 10 Things I Hate about You actually owes very little to the original beyond basic plot points and a handful of names.

    January 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 10 Things I Hate About You can and should be viewed as the ultimate teen movie, bursting through the hellish decade to say a little more about the empowering potential of those defining years.

    January 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 10 Things is a bright little romantic comedy, nicely and sharply written, which wears its learning winningly and lightly.

    January 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 10 Things I Hate About You

  • Mar 26, 2020
    10 Things I Hate About You is an underrated teen-comedy that should've flourished more than given the opportunity to. The film is too good to be true thanks to its young, spunky cast & a sharp script to reflect the modernization of its Shakespearean tale. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2013
    10 Things I Hate About You is the rare movie that successfully modernizes Shakespeare, and despite feeling a little predictable it's still an above-average romantic comedy. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Cameron, a new student at Padua high school who falls for sophomore Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik). However, Bianca's father won't let her date anybody until her beautiful but bitter older sister Kat (Julia Stiles) has a boyfriend as well. Cameron decides to pay the equally cold Patrick (Heath Ledger) to ask Kat out so that Cameron can in turn date Bianca. The story is based off of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, but with completely modernized dialogue. The lack of Shakespearean dialogue is a welcome touch, as it makes the movie far more comprehensible and charming than other modernized Shakespeare adaptations (coughROMEO+JULIETcough). Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles are both fantastic in the roles that elevated them to stardom, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is good as well despite being overshadowed a little by Ledger and Stiles. It can be a little predictable at times, but 10 Things I Hate About You has enough poignant moments, humor, and great acting to make it a memorable and very enjoyable romantic comedy.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2012
    The film is still likable after all these years and you can see why these actors moved onto bigger and better things. Ledger cemented the lovable rogue role and while Stiles almost steals the show, Levitt quietly shines in the supporting role. The sharp and clever script never hits a dull moment, the beats are razor sharp and the script never takes the low road. As teenage rom coms go, this is right up there and the acting from every actor is strong. It's a shame Ledger has passed as he had a strong presence that was shown in the films close to his death. This film gave him the first step to a bigger career and while the filmmaker failed to match anything remotely close to this film, this has definitely held up well so he created something special here. 03-07-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    10 Things I Hate About You is afunny and sweet high school movie that I enjoyed. The storyline is just omay, I enjoyed the characters a lot but the main plot seems done before and cliche, but I still had fun. The cast was really good, Heath Ledger is always a joy to watch, and Joseph Gordon Levitt is such a sweet guy thats its hard not to love him. The comedy was good, I laughed many times espically at Larry Miller as thedad, but it was not nearly as funny as it couldve been. This film had a weak plot and sometimes cliche jokes, and for the love of god do all these high school films have to end at a prom, but this movie a joy to watch with funny characters and really good acting, I enjoyed this film a lot.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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