Booksmart Reviews

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July 12, 2019
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.
June 7, 2019
It's more John Hughes than Judd Apatow, and it's a little more Bridesmaids than Lady Bird...a success on [its] own terms...
May 28, 2019
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 26, 2019
A solid debut for Wilde, but really puts Dever and Feldstein on the map.
May 24, 2019
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
In virtually every scenario, director Wilde and the team of screenwriters serve up the material in a fresh and original manner.
May 24, 2019
Dever and Feldstein's friendship and chemistry provide the film with both its chief appeal and dramatic engine, and the winning pair make Booksmart a film that's very easy to like. But it's less easy to believe.
May 24, 2019
"Booksmart" is genuine enough that it doesn't sacrifice its emotional honesty for the gratification of its characters; it would feel disingenuous if everyone's arcs were wrapped up neatly, and "Booksmart" is too smart for that.
May 24, 2019
Booksmart is a teen sex romp well suited for the summer of 2019: feminist but not preachy, raunchy but not nasty, emotionally intelligent but not sentimental.
May 24, 2019
It's a high school movie that doesn't have sadistic bullies shoving helpless nerds into lockers, just a bunch of kids that, for all their flaws, are kind, funny, worldly, whip-smart and unapologetically themselves.
May 24, 2019
"Booksmart" gives the girls onscreen and their older sisters behind it a chance to have fun in ways silly, salty, and magnanimous toward all concerned.
May 24, 2019
It's incredibly fun to watch again and again.
May 24, 2019
But once the main characters strut around town with their matching blue jumpsuits, the hilarity ensues in an obscene style that takes viewers on a wild ride.
May 24, 2019
Wilde is fundamentally telling a story about young people trying to survive and enjoy life while the outside world, and all its terrifying realities, draws ever closer.
May 24, 2019
There are so many memorable performances.
May 24, 2019
Nothing funnier, smarter, quicker or more joyous has graced the big screen in a long time.
May 23, 2019
As "Booksmart" takes its shape, albeit haphazardly, Wilde's filmmaking skills become more and more evident, bursting forth in a third act that builds into something beautiful and even transcendent.
May 23, 2019
"Booksmart" leaves you feeling unaccountably hopeful for the state of humanity - and the state of American screen comedy too.
Top Critic
May 23, 2019
Feldstein and Dever are just sublime at giving these girls the depths of feeling as well as the comic flair that they need.
May 23, 2019
It's an early contender for the best comedy of the summer.
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