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The House Bunny Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Christine Champ
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2008
The result isn't very funny, and its sexual politics are as muddled as you'd expect, but Faris is sweet and likable as the sort of wise dumbbell Judy Holliday used to play.
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Anna Smith
Time Out
October 10, 2008
This aims for 'Legally Blonde'/'Mean Girls' status, but ends up being a throwaway, if entertaining, plea for casting directors to start taking Faris more seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
September 26, 2008
It takes sexism to a new low, and it manages to attack women in the last place on earth where they continue to outperform men -- in universities.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 28, 2008
[Faris] gives an A performance in the kind of farce from which she's more than ready to graduate.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 22, 2008
The House Bunny gets the difference between being openhearted and empty-headed.
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
August 22, 2008
The criminal waste of Faris' comedic gifts should have half of Hollywood locked up.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
August 22, 2008
Puts a cheerful spin on its many cliches. This particular wheel hasn't been reinvented, but at least it gets a nice fresh coat of bubblegum-pink paint and a star to pilot it with aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
August 22, 2008
House Bunny's Legally Blonde roots show.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 22, 2008
100 percent of the laughs come courtesy of Faris, who's particularly good in the early going, when her babe-in-the-woods act reaches Homer Simpson-like heights of comic obliviousness. As usual, the movie eventually lets her down.
| Original Score: C
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
August 22, 2008
The House Bunny may be what some boys like, but there are doubtless moviegoers out there of both sexes who would like to see Faris hop into some decent onscreen material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 22, 2008
Let's hope Anna Faris' next project looks past her outer beauty and unleashes her inner weirdo.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 22, 2008
The plot is beyond predictable. Seriously, write down every scene from Legally Blonde and Revenge of the Nerds on index cards, shuffle and then deal your movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 22, 2008
[A] hodgepodge of unfunny, sophomoric humor and PG-13 T&A, frosted by a sheen of appallingly nauseous 'drama.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 22, 2008
This film from the Adam Sandler fun factory starts with a series of obnoxious, dated stereotypes, and never quite flips them into something positive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 22, 2008
This is pretty much a one-woman show for Faris, and she doesn't get much help from director Fred Wolf.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 22, 2008
Somebody, somewhere save Anna Faris.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 22, 2008
In The House Bunny, Anna Faris steps up to her first full-fledged leading role and falls right on her adorable face.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2008
Factory made, nothing new... and really funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 22, 2008
The transformed Shelley loses some of her Tammy Faye eyeliner but little of her precious dimness, careful not to violate the broad streak of anti-intellectualism that Hollywood has always reflected and reinforced in the American psyche.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
August 22, 2008
Say this for Faris: Even though The House Bunny may be, she's not -- dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 22, 2008
It doesn't turn any corners, it's lazy, and it's content to keep playing dumb long after it's really funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 21, 2008
Despite a winning performance by Anna Faris, the film falls on its keister so many times that before long the perky pinkness turns bruising black-and-blue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
August 21, 2008
If another dumb-blonde joke is something you've hoped never to suffer again, make every effort to avoid the protracted punch line that constitutes the bulk of The House Bunny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 21, 2008
The purpose of this comedy is to serve as a showcase for Anna Faris, whose sunny disposition and solid comic timing make The House Bunny more enjoyable than it ought to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 21, 2008
By imposing a predictable message, it obscures the satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
August 21, 2008
A terrific Anna Faris keeps this formulaic campus comedy hopping.
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John Anderson
Variety
August 21, 2008
The House Bunny is a blissfully broad comedy that should catapult Anna Faris into a singular kind of stardom.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 21, 2008
Anna Faris has been shaping up as the most inventive screen comedienne of her generation.