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Mean Girls Reviews

July 19, 2007
Lacks the genuine bile that made Heathers so bracing.
June 24, 2006
Happily, Fey and Waters gently tweak the studios' usual high-gloss caricature of adolescence and aim for acutely hilarious and surprisingly empathic sociology.
August 7, 2004
A smart little teen picture that, for a change, actually features recognizable teens.
August 1, 2004
I would be more amused if the topic of rich material girls had not been worn to a thread elsewhere.
May 20, 2004
A teen movie I enjoyed enormously, much to my surprise.
May 1, 2004
Mean Girls isn't a particularly deep picture, but it does have some weight and ballast.
April 30, 2004
Mean Girls has a sharp, grown-up sensibility that belies its marketing as airhead comedy.
April 30, 2004
Boasts a one-two-three punch in star Lindsay Lohan, screenwriter Tina Fey and director Mark Waters, and, indeed, it delivers a knockout.
April 30, 2004
Girls, which gets funnier as it goes, is [Lorne Michaels'] best since 1992's Wayne's World.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2004
It all seems, finally, as if Fey is pulling her punches, an unusually defensive posture for her.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 30, 2004
Waters tries for a tone that mixes dark humor and emotional realism, and he often finds it.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 30, 2004
Tart and refreshing, Mean Girls is the kind of high-school movie that really feels as if it's for grown-ups -- but hey, the teens can come, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 30, 2004
A smart little comedy that tries, within the limits of the teen-movie form, to say some real things about high school girls and the struggle for popularity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2004
Fey subverts formula to find comic gold.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2004
It's that rare teen comedy that both teens and former teens can enjoy.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 30, 2004
Takes on issues of self-loathing, body image, competition and female sabotage. Even better, it does it with a smile.
April 30, 2004
It's an improvement over the dire Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, but Mean Girls is nowhere near as satisfying as Freaky Friday.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 30, 2004
[Fey's] snappy script and the deft direction of Mark Waters, who did Freaky Friday, keep the laughs coming.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2004
With colorful characters and snappy performances, Mean Girls is a rare laugh-out-loud film.
Read More | Original Score: A
April 30, 2004
Lohan ... is a good reactive young actress, and London, Ont., native Rachel McAdams is excellently evil.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 30, 2004
It's good for some laughs. And that's all it intends to be.
Read More | Original Score: B-
April 30, 2004
The funniest, most unassumingly subversive teen movie since 2000's Bring It On.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2004
Fey may be going for wickedly funny, but alas, she stops at wicked.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 30, 2004
In a wasteland of dumb movies about teenagers, Mean Girls is a smart and funny one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2004
The movie is always entertaining and frequently smart about the new ground one girl will break to humiliate another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 29, 2004
Originality is never the point of an entertainment like this; the point is that director Mark Waters, who capably guided Lohan through last year's Freaky Friday, has specific marks to hit in Mean Girls, and he hits them with confidence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 29, 2004
This tart and often charming new comedy is a version of the heart-of-darkness teen social comedy Heathers for the tweener audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 29, 2004
Lohan, who intrepidly filled Hayley Mills' sneakers in the remake of The Parent Trap and butted heads with Jamie Lee Curtis in Freaky Friday, has grown into an accomplished and beautiful actress.
Read More | Original Score: B-
April 29, 2004
Often clever and insightful.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 29, 2004
Displaying a rare mix of humor and heart, Mean Girls deserves mention along with such coming-of-age favorites as Girls Just Want to Have Fun and Sixteen Candles.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 29, 2004
Even at its squarest, the movie's mixture of parody and therapy feels kind of... hip.
April 29, 2004
What it lacks in freshness ... Mean Girls makes up for with its shrewd insights into the female adolescent psyche and all its accompanying neuroses.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 29, 2004
This is a witty little movie, but a kind coda can't erase its withering bite.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 29, 2004
Proves to be less than the sum of its parts, but when it rocks, it rocks you silly.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 29, 2004
It's hard to find something nice to say about Mean Girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 29, 2004
It's as if Waters assembled a bunch of performers ... who were born to be thorns in the flesh of the status quo, and instructed them to remain calm at all times and pursue the happy, morally uplifting ending.
April 29, 2004
Though not a perfect comedy, it manages to be quite often laugh-out-loud funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 28, 2004
A harbinger of hope not only for future feminist comedies of any grit but also for SNL-staffed feature films that don't disproportionately suck.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 27, 2004
As she did in Freaky Friday, Lohan displays plenty of charm, verve and deft comic timing as she switches between innocence and craftiness.
April 27, 2004
Director Waters and screenwriter Tina Fey ... aim less for the usual high-gloss caricature than acutely hilarious sociology.
April 27, 2004
In the end, Mean Girls isn't mean enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 26, 2004
It has a little bit of National Lampoon sensibility, kinda funny; I can't quite recommend it.
April 26, 2004
One of the movie's achievements is persuading the audience to stay firmly in Cady's camp during her odyssey of self-discovery.