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Pretty Persuasion Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
November 16, 2011
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 1, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
September 23, 2005
Good writing aside, this screenplay contained the elements of two different films. One of them might have been quite persuasive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Gilmour
Globe and Mail
September 23, 2005
Extremely well written in the fearless way of a smarty pants on a roll in the university cafeteria.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dallas Morning News
September 3, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 2, 2005
Wood's fine work is undermined by the movie it's trapped in, which feels like a rough draft of itself: Skander Halim's screenplay is unnecessarily twisty and gimmicky, and some of the teenspeak dialogue falls flat, already out of date.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Joey Guerra
Houston Chronicle
September 2, 2005
The screenplay by Skander Halim falters. It's too convoluted and cloudy to have the intended effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
September 2, 2005
Self-conscious, overdone, shallow, and just not up to the level of its star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Melinda Ennis
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 1, 2005
The movie shifts tones as abruptly as a teenager's mood swings.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 29, 2005
It's so smug about it and pleased with itself.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 27, 2005
| 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.
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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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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 26, 2005
Pretty Persuasion is a nasty piece of work. Yet it offers some unvarnished and amusing thoughts about American contradictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Allison Arnold Helminski
Chicago Tribune
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
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Curt Fields
Washington Post
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.
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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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David Denby
New Yorker
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.
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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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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 12, 2005
Pretty Persuasion sets out to be a social critique but settles for smug disdain.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
August 11, 2005
Too flip to be serious and too smug to be rousing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 11, 2005
Any satire worth its salt should not be afraid to offend, and Pretty Persuasion flings mud in all directions with a fearless audacity.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
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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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 11, 2005
This is a very funny film about a creepy, excruciatingly lonely world.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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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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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
August 9, 2005
A hand grenade lobbed at no place in particular.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 4, 2005
Everything reminds you of some other movie.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
March 26, 2005
An exercise in bad taste that takes itself just seriously enough to be offensive.
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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.