Booksmart Reviews

September 3, 2020
Olivia Wilde directs the teen actresses with flair in a somewhat overhyped coming-of-age flick that falls short of recent gems like "Eighth Grade" and "Lady Bird."
July 28, 2020
Booksmart succeeds in inclusivity and modernity, but its . . . characters lack context when it comes to teen culture or the funhouse mirror that refracts its many inspirations.
September 24, 2019
Booksmart, instead, wraps its main characters in cotton wool. And despite one romantic awakening that's handled well but is best experienced without any forewarning, the script's curve balls lack impact...
July 26, 2019
A conventional story that attempts to distinguish itself from similar products through a banal accumulation of excesses, provocations, artifice and extravagances. [Full review in Spanish]
July 19, 2019
Booksmart is sometimes fun and enjoyable but it could have been much sharper.
June 5, 2019
Forgive me if I'm bored by this... Politics somewhat aside, the comedy teens need today certainly isn't a fairy tale about a good-natured struggle to the top.
May 31, 2019
A muddled message delivered in a film that is basically flat as far as comedy is concerned.
May 28, 2019
Witless, tedious, shallow and unfunny. Booksmart wants you to laugh at someone being vomited on. Ah, Bartleby! Ah, humanity!
May 24, 2019
There's a lot of political window dressing for a movie that's almost studiously unpolitical. Name dropping Malala in a teen sex romp seems a bit much.
May 24, 2019
The strong chemistry between actors Dever and Feldstein sparks the movie... On the other hand, Booksmart fails at the funny.
May 24, 2019
Booksmart too often seems dutiful and assiduous, as if its makers had simply followed a manual listing the proper, righteous bromides for the characters to speak. In this time-condensed rumspringa, nothing offensive, troubling, or surprising happens.
May 23, 2019
Aside from the acting and very sporadic flashes of true wit, it's one movie that viewers would be smart to avoid.
May 22, 2019
Its substance is scantly developed, its clear and simple premise dismayingly oversimplified. Despite the emotional authenticity of the protagonists' dilemma, their journey comes off as a fantasy.