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Booksmart Reviews

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.
May 22, 2019
I like the general lack of meanness in "Booksmart." The party-all-night premise may be as old as the hills, but the script has been successfully finessed as a slice of the here and now, idealized but full of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 21, 2019
Olivia Wilde comes out swinging with not only one of the best movies of the year, but one of the best high school movies of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 21, 2019
If the storyline doesn't so much unfold as burst out in glittery puffs - and if music cues seem to make up about 40 percent of the plot-it's still an endearing kind of chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 21, 2019
Olivia Wilde's smashing feature directing debut is a femcentric spin on Freaks and Geeks that makes this laugh riot the smart choice for anyone looking for a comedy that's outrageously entertaining and quietly revolutionary at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 20, 2019
The worst thing you can say about the brilliantly zany teen comedy "Booksmart" is you only get an hour and 45 minutes with its quirky student body.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 20, 2019
Wilde vigorously made this picture, finding the tone and teasing out the laughs and the performances with a combination of bold and subtle strokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 17, 2019
Such is the wise and humbling rule of "Booksmart": try as you might to flee your regular self, you always end up bumping into it.
May 14, 2019
Actor-turned-director Olivia Wilde (shockingly, this is her behind-the-camera feature debut) shows off something rarer than technique or comic timing. She's got loads of compassion and has somehow managed to make a high-school movie without villains.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 10, 2019
A female buddy film in the guise of a high-school partying movie, Booksmart is endlessly funny and outrageous, yet always grounded by its realistic central relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 22, 2019
It's smart, so very funny, and beautifully directed by Olivia Wilde.
March 20, 2019
Booksmart is inclusive and progressive without feeling forced and announces Wilde, an actor who hasn't always found her groove on screen, as a major director, one of the more impressive behind-the-camera transitions I have seen for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 14, 2019
Booksmart manages to be inclusive and progressive, without being precious about anything or sacrificing an ounce of humor.
March 12, 2019
By far, one of the most perfect coming-of-age comedies I have ever seen.
March 11, 2019
Booksmart excels at celebrating a friendship strong enough to guarantee that the party never really ends until the credits roll.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 11, 2019
Every generation needs its own rowdy high school comedy, and Millennials deserve one that treats the anxieties teens have been grappling with for millennia with the same urgency that Jerry Bruckheimer would bring to a high-stakes action movie.
March 11, 2019
A hilarious, blazingly paced teen comedy that also happens to mark the feature directing debut of Olivia Wilde.