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Pretty Persuasion Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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James Berardinelli
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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 29, 2005
It's so smug about it and pleased with itself.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 29, 2005
An often-funny movie that has two dumb ideas for every good one.
| Original Score: 2/4
Christian Toto
Washington Times
August 26, 2005
Pretty Persuasion thinks it's smarter than everyone in the audience. It's not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
March 12, 2005
What Pretty Persuasion seems to want most of all is to be outrageous,
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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.
Chelsea Bain
Boston Herald
October 21, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
August 12, 2005
Has a streak of originality a mile long and about an inch deep.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 20, 2005
This black comedy's mean-spiritedness comes in one size that fits all.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
Rob Blackwelder
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
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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-
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John Anderson
August 11, 2005
Skander Halim's script and Siega's direction often clash with their own very dark plot.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 27, 2005
| Original Score: C
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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