Legally Blonde (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

Legally Blonde (2001)



Critic Consensus: Though the material is predictable and formulaic, Reese Witherspoon's funny, nuanced performance makes this movie better than it would have been otherwise.

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Elle Woods has it all. She's the president of her sorority, a Hawaiian Tropic girl, Miss June in her campus calendar, and, above all, a natural blonde. She dates the cutest fraternity boy on campus and wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner Huntington III. But, there's just one thing stopping Warner from popping the question: Elle is too blonde. Growing up across the street from Aaron Spelling might mean something in LA, but nothing to Warner's East-Coast blue blood family. So, when Warner packs up for Harvard Law and reunites with an old sweetheart from prep school, Elle rallies all her resources and gets into Harvard, determined to win him back. But law school is a far cry from the comforts of her poolside and the mall. Elle must wage the battle of her life, for her guy, for herself and for all the blondes who suffer endless indignities everyday.more
Rating: PG-13 (for language and sexual references)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Kirsten Smith, Karen McCullah Lutz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 6, 2001
Box Office: $95.0M


Luke Wilson
as Emmett Richmond
Selma Blair
as Vivian Kensington
Matthew Davis
as Warner Huntington II...
Victor Garber
as Professor Callahan
Jennifer Coolidge
as Paulette Bonafonte
Holland Taylor
as Professor Stromwell
Ali Larter
as Brooke Taylor-Windha...
Oz Perkins
as Dorky David
Linda Cardellini
as Chutney Windham
Bruce Thomas
as UPS Guy
Raquel Welch
as Mrs. Windham Vanderm...
Kelly Nyks
as Arrogant Aaron
Ted Kairys
as Gerard
Shannon O'Hurley
as DA Joyce Rafferty
Greg Serano
as Enrique
Francesca P. Roberts
as Marina R. Bickford
Lisa Kushell
as Boutique Saleswoman
Natalie Barish
as Old Lady at Manicuri...
Francesca Roberts
as Marina R. Bickford
Terence Michael
as Desk Clerk
Cici Lau
as LA Nail Technician
Allyce Beasley
as CULA Advisor
Kevin Cooney
as Head of Admissions
as Rufus
Ted Rooney
as Admissions Guy
David Moreland
as Admissions Guy
Wayne Federman
as Admissions Guy
James Read
as Elle's Father
Tane McClure
as Elle's Mother
Niklaus Lange
as Annoyed 2L
Doug Spinuzza
as Intense Ivan Berline...
Lisa K. Wyatt
as Jail House Guard
Lacey Beeman
as Nervous 1L Girl
Melissa Young
as Blonde Cheerleader
Chaney Kley
as Brandon
Ondrea De Vincentis
as Callahan's Assistant
Nectar Rose
as Freshman Girl
Jodi Harris
as Another Sister
as Bruiser
Patricia Kimes
as Blonde Biker
Sasha Barrese
as Antoher Girl
Kelly Driscoll
as Blonde Card Carrier
Elizabeth Matthews
as Sorority Girl
Kennedy Stone
as Sorority Girl
Victor Gerber
as Professor Callahan
Richard Hillman
as College Student (unc...
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Critic Reviews for Legally Blonde

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (39)

Slick, sexy, and charming, this romantic comedy should catapult the gifted Reese Witherspoon to major movie stardom

Full Review… | June 2, 2011

Bombshell discovers her brainy side in fun romp for teens+.

Full Review… | December 25, 2010
Common Sense Media

"Legally Blonde" is a career misstep for a talented actress capable of creating much more complex characters.

Full Review… | August 18, 2009

An agreeable trifle, a fairy-tale piece of fluff that is nevertheless fun and funny.

Full Review… | August 17, 2003
Goatdog's Movies

...consistently entertaining and enjoyable.

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

Silly comic fluff with as much substance as a scented resume printed on pink paper. But this movie is deliciously funny.

Full Review… | May 28, 2003

Audience Reviews for Legally Blonde


Loved the ending. The rest of the movie seemed very corny but enjoyable at the same time. Does have few funny and embarrassing moments.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

Reese is so cool. Barbie meets LA Law! Elle wants to marry Warner but gets dumped as he wants a serious girlfriend. He gets to Harvard and she is hot on his trail. Dog in tow.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


Pretty sure I was dragged into seeing this with my mom, not really my cup of tea. For what it is though, it is a clever and somewhat funny movie.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

Legally Blonde Quotes

Professor Stromwell: If you're going to let one stupid prick ruin your life, you're not the girl I thought you were.
– Submitted by Mae M (10 months ago)
Brooke Taylor Windham: You're an angel.
Elle Woods: So how are you? Are you all right? You look so orange.
Brooke Taylor Windham: I'm just glad that it's you and not Callahan
Elle Woods: He means well. He's very brilliant.
Brooke Taylor Windham: He better be, for what I'm paying for him.
– Submitted by Rawballs B (2 years ago)
Elle Woods: Is that low-viscosity rayon? With a half-loop top stitching on the hem?
Boutique Saleswoman: Of course. It's one of a kind.
Elle Woods: It's impossible to use a half-loop stitching on low-viscosity rayon. It would snag the fabric. And you didn't just get it in - I saw it in the June Vogue a year ago. So if you're trying to sell it to me for full price, you've picked the wrong girl.
– Submitted by SailorMoon797 F (3 years ago)
Elle Woods: That's great, Paulette. Is that the only interaction you two have ever had?
Paulette Bonafonte: No! Sometimes I say 'okay' instead of 'fine.'
– Submitted by SailorMoon797 F (3 years ago)

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