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Never Been Kissed Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
A genuinely sweet and romantic story for teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
August 7, 2007
Drew Barrymore's virtuoso performance smooths over the plot holes.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
The most exhilarating American movie I have seen this year -- which isn't saying much.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The material is pretty much the same as She's All That and the other recent high school movies, but Barrymore has the big screen stuff to pull it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Barrymore again displays her remarkable ability to get the audience rooting for her singular blend of vulnerability and sunny optimism.
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
This is an okay date flick. It's somewhat forgettable, like high school should be, but possessing a few moments it'll be tough to get out of your head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
A surprisingly solid and entertaining teen flick
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 12, 2003
The less Never Been Kissed forces its material, the more enjoyable it is.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4

Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
Barrymore demonstrates an acute sensitivity to the angst of adolescence, and handles it with kid gloves.
| Original Score: 3/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Have you noticed yet that there's really no point to this story?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
The deft script and solid performances turn what could have been empty piffle into remarkably entertaining piffle that'll leave you smiling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Never Been Kissed, like so many coulda-shoulda-woulda-been-good movies, starts out strong. Then it loses its nerve in the third act, substituting a fuzzy emotional spectacle for a coherent conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
September 9, 2002
Thanks to Barrymore's goodhearted presence, Josie's comic emotional journey has plenty of mass appeal.
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
This kind of dippy, silly drivel has no right to succeed, yet it does...
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Drew Barrymore has been well cast as someone who doesn't act her age.
| Original Score: 2/4
John Wrathall
Sight and Sound
March 5, 2002
The script efficiently contrives a spiral of dilemmas and challenges to bring about Josie's ultimate blossoming.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 4, 2002
The heart-affecting finale of Never Been Kissed turns the sports shrine of the pitcher's mound into a shrine for love.
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
October 22, 2001
Do nineties filmmakers forget what it was like to be a teenager, and call upon "Saved By the Bell" reruns for a refresher course?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
Relatively inoffensive and relentlessly mediocre.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
When the story begins to turn toward Josie's growing relationship with her attractive English teacher, Sam Coulson (Michael Vartan), the movie begins to unravel because it's dealing with a subject that is above its grasp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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