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



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Verified Ratings: 3,600
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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 (270) | Top Critics (44)

  • 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…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Booksmart

  • May 30, 2019
    An utterly charming and downright hilariously written and performed coming-of-age high school comedy. The script is so witty and the characters so easy to love, that you wish you could be their friends too. Olivia Wilde steps into the directors helm for the first time and puts a decidedly edgier and outlandish stamp to the usual realistic-ish coming of age high school films. What results is frequently funny and soon quite heartwarming. Probably my favorite of the year thus far. Rating:90
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2019
    From Ferris Bueller's Day Off to Superbad (just to name a couple), the teenage comedy sub-genre has been around forever and are usually among the best of their respective years, in comparison with broader comedies. Booksmart is the latest comedy to hit the big screen and while I see it having trouble catching on with a wide audience, this is easily my favourite film of the year, so far. If you're a fan of comedies at all, but also enjoy great performances and characters, then this movie may end up being loved by you as it was by me. Let's dive into why I believe this movie deserves to be called one of the best of the year. Following two high school seniors, as they are on the brink of graduation, they realize that everyone around them, even those who are popular, have gotten into good schools, the same way they have. Feeling the need to do everything they missed out on in terms of partying, they decide to cram it all into one night. How similar these two behave, while also being incredibly different on the inside is really what sold this film for me, but having two of the best young actresses didn't hurt either. Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein are easily two of the most impressive young actresses I've seen on-screen in quite some time. Their performances sold these characters in such a raw and realistic way, that I found myself engrossed in every moment this film had to offer. The characters themselves were already written well by Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, and Katie Silberman, but the devotion to these characters is what sent it over the edge for me, which is how I see many viewers feeling. Also, I would just like to add a little nod to Skyler Gisondo's portrayal of the character Jared. Although receiving very little screen time, his few scenes had me laughing quite hard. I always enjoy seeing him in films. The biggest star of this film; However, is Olivia Wilde in the director's chair. Normally I don't call too much attention to directors, simply because a positive review is really only positive due to the wonderful directing job anyways, but Wilde is someone to watch out for. I've always liked her as an actress, but I'm always shocked when an actor or actress decides to take a chance behind the camera and shine brightly. Her work here from some clear decisions on set to how she pulled amazing performances from everyone involved should not be taken lightly. In the end, Booksmart may have felt like another ordinary comedy about teenagers finding themselves, but from the screenplay to the direction, to how everything plays out so impressively well on-screen, I found myself very impressed. Hilariously throughout the majority of the runtime, while also being very dramatic and heartfelt when it needed to be, this, as of now, has to be my favourite film yet of 2019. Highly recommend checking this one out.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2019
    Wild, endearing, current, and heartfelt, Booksmart is one of the best comedies to be released in recent memory. With an exceptionally impressive ensemble — including a hilarious Billie Lourd — and a solidly built narrative, the film is the high school comedy that 2019 needed.
    Matthew S Super Reviewer

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