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Pretty Persuasion Reviews

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September 1, 2005
(Marcus) Siega plays racism, class disdain, ignorance and self-absorption for glib laughs in his equally glib satire...
Full Review | Original Score: D
September 1, 2005
Pretty much just a geek show with a tacked-on, bed-wetting moral.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
September 1, 2005
Leaves no gender, race, class or religion untouched in its scabrous effort to show how cruel humans can be. But it also leaves viewers with no one at all to like, or believe.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 1, 2005
The movie shifts tones as abruptly as a teenager's mood swings.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 31, 2005
Wood's not an interesting psycho-just numb, mumbling, and dull. Pretty unpersuasive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/10
August 31, 2005
Reminds me of a half-hour TV series that has a great pilot episode, then falls apart in subsequent installments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 29, 2005
It's so smug about it and pleased with itself.
August 29, 2005
Most of the problem behind this misshapen lump of a movie is that Siega comes from a long line of music-video and TV directors who can't... sustain a feature film.
August 26, 2005
Pretty Persuasion thinks it's smarter than everyone in the audience. It's not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 26, 2005
Pretty Persuasion considers itself snarky black comedy, one of those self-consciously 'outrageous' artifacts that means to shock even as it amuses.
August 26, 2005
Partly a character study, partly a monster movie (with the girl as the monster) and partly a satire of American values in the modern age, the film is also, alas, only partly successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 26, 2005
Pretty Persuasion is a nasty piece of work. Yet it offers some unvarnished and amusing thoughts about American contradictions.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 26, 2005
Nothing is less shocking than a movie that's constantly trying to shock....more bite than bark, but it's all dog.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 26, 2005
Puerile social satire, stinging only insomuch as its unsophisticated wit and overwhelming smugness are painful to sit through.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 25, 2005
Unlike Heathers and Election -- both brilliant satires because they exaggerate reality, magnify and darken the truth -- Pretty Persuasion is not funny because it's not true.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 25, 2005
Populated by characters that are either over-the-top cartoonish or drawn with all the depth of stick figures, there is only one reason to watch this latest entry in the high-school-as-Dante's-ring genre -- Evan Rachel Wood.
August 25, 2005
The material in Pretty Persuasion needed to be handled as heavy drama, or played completely for comedy, and by trying to have it both ways, the movie has it neither way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 22, 2005
Wood does flip cynicism with such precise, easy rhythms and with such obvious pleasure in naughtiness that she's impossible to hate.
August 20, 2005
This black comedy's mean-spiritedness comes in one size that fits all.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
August 20, 2005
This thing is a racist cartoon version of American society in which all women are evil lesbians who enjoy destroying seemingly innocent people, who are probably guilty anyway.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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