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Pretty Persuasion Reviews

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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 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
February 26, 2005
Too broadly played to achieve its dark satirical aspirations and too downright silly to pass for a serious commentary on contemporary society.
August 29, 2005
It's so smug about it and pleased with itself.
September 29, 2005
An often-funny movie that has two dumb ideas for every good one.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 26, 2005
Pretty Persuasion thinks it's smarter than everyone in the audience. It's not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 12, 2005
What Pretty Persuasion seems to want most of all is to be outrageous,
Full Review | Original Score: C
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 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.
October 21, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 12, 2005
Has a streak of originality a mile long and about an inch deep.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
August 20, 2005
This black comedy's mean-spiritedness comes in one size that fits all.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
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
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
August 10, 2005
The movie wants so badly to be mentioned in the same breath as Heathers or Election that it's not even funny. Really, I mean it, this charred-black comedy is not even funny.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
August 11, 2005
Skander Halim's script and Siega's direction often clash with their own very dark plot.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 12, 2005
Pretty Persuasion is so exploitative and misogynistic that its last-minute dramatic turns and pleas for tolerance and understanding come off as manipulative as its heroine.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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 27, 2005
Read More | Original Score: C
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
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