Critics Consensus

Fast-paced, funny, and fresh, Booksmart does the seemingly impossible by adding a smart new spin to the coming-of-age comedy.



Total Count: 318


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Verified Ratings: 4,110
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The story follows Dever and Feldstein's characters, two academic superstars and best friends who, on the eve of their high school graduation, suddenly realize that they should have worked less and played more. Determined never to fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.

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Critic Reviews for Booksmart

All Critics (318) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (308) | Rotten (10)

  • First, the good news: it's immediately clear that Wilde is a filmmaker by vocation... If anything, the film is polished to a fault: the marketing term "elevated genre," most frequently applied to horror, feels equally apt here.

    Jul 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's more John Hughes than Judd Apatow, and it's a little more Bridesmaids than Lady Bird...a success on [its] own terms...

    Jun 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Booksmart puts a fresh spin on the coming-of-age night-of comedy because it's focused on two girls, one of whom is also queer.

    May 28, 2019 | Full Review…

    Erin Keane
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  • A solid debut for Wilde, but really puts Dever and Feldstein on the map.

    May 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Booksmart is a love letter for any young woman who has ever stayed home on a Friday night to watch a Ken Burns documentary.

    May 24, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • In virtually every scenario, director Wilde and the team of screenwriters serve up the material in a fresh and original manner.

    May 24, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Booksmart

  • 2d ago
    The focus on two young female characters isn't the most radical thing here, its that nearly every character ends up transcending the false perceptions held by their peers and the audience.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2019
    Booksmart is stylishly directed and genuine to the core. This coming-of-age/high-school film is hysterical, charming and surprisingly sincere overall thanks to its outstanding leads in Dever and Feldstein, its colorful supporting cast and unique vision from first-time-director, Olivia Wilde; making for one of the best this year and this decade. 4.55/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2019
    What utter rubbish. Worst movie of this year, this decade, this millennium. In fact worst movie ever. If this is anything like what high school is these days then I truly weep for the future. 97% on the t-meter...I don't think so. Olivia Wide should never direct another movie ever (7-27-19)
    John C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2019
    I like the leads but I love the supporting cast. Booksmart had me dubious. In the past couple of years beforehand, I'd heard great (and virtually identical) things about three female-led coming of age films: Edge of Seventeen, Lady Bird, and Eighth Grade. In my opinion, one of these movies is great, one of these movies is good, and one of these movies is... not. So when I started hearing the exact same chatter around Booksmart, I was not certain what I should expect. Now, having seen it, it might actually be the best of the bunch. Certainly the funniest. Might well end up being my only non-Action movie of the year I go in for a rewatch on.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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