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She's the Man Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 18, 2006
A comedy that lacks both the verbal sophistication of its source and the sexual sophistication of its target audience.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 21, 2006
There I sit, suffering total numbness of body and brain, no longer having to wonder what it might be like to be buried alive in gooey marshmallow.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 20, 2006
Mere words cannot convey how awful Bynes is at playing a girl playing a boy.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 17, 2006
As was proven with 10 Things I Hate about You, it is possible to re-imagine the Bard in a modern high school setting, but She's the Man doesn't do it well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
March 17, 2006
She's the Man has a certain charm and is sure to appeal to tweens, at least the female variety.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
March 17, 2006
More often than not it's the slapstick elements, predictably occasioned by gender confusion, that get the laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 17, 2006
If music be the food of [teen] love, play on. Just so long as Amanda Bynes is the player.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
March 17, 2006
She's the Man is a bit of a mess.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 17, 2006
No one under 12 need rush out to see She's the Man.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 17, 2006
A cross-dressing comedy that's all dressing can only, well, leave you cross.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 17, 2006
She's the Man retains much of Twelfth Night's discombobulation and many of its names but is aimed, unlike the original, at the cherry-lip-gloss demographic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 17, 2006
As in Bynes' 2003 film What a Girl Wants, She's the Man wraps her up in a tidy romantic-comedy package with a generically non-threatening piece of Teen Beat eye candy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
March 17, 2006
It's not Shakespeare. It isn't even The O.C. But She's the Man still has enough energy to make it slightly better than the usual teen comedy throwaway.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 17, 2006
Movies such as She's the Man are almost beyond anyone's rating system. Tweens, at least those who are allowed to attend PG-13 movies, may have fun; no one else need apply.
| Original Score: C-
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
March 17, 2006
She's the Man, modeled on that gender-bending Shakespeare masterpiece, is harmless fun for the 12-year-olds who should make up the core audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
March 17, 2006
You don't have to know Twelfth Night to have fun at She's the Man. But brushing up on your Shakespeare can be good for a few inside chuckles.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
March 17, 2006
As you can imagine, sticking a girl dressed up as a boy into a dorm with hunky boys lusting for girls is the stuff of comic mix-ups, and in She's the Man, we have plenty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 17, 2006
I didn't for one second believe the plot of She's the Man,but I did believe for the entire movie that Amanda Bynes was lovable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 17, 2006
She's the Man, a screwball comedy that made me wish I were 13 again, because this is precisely the kind of movie I would have gone nuts for in the ninth grade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 16, 2006
This is a perfectly pleasant, entertaining and often witty romp with engaging performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
March 16, 2006
There's a sweetness about it that wins you over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
March 16, 2006
The ensuing complications -- romantic, social, sporty -- are modeled on Twelfth Night, although the tone of the movie (hysterical peppiness) and style of acting (emphatic grotesquerie) are more suited to campy Off Broadway musicals.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 16, 2006
The humor is pretty much what you'd expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 16, 2006
While I liked She's the Man, I liked it better when it was called Just One of the Boys, a semi-forgotten 1985 farce.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 16, 2006
Confusion runs amok. But it's all upbeat, oh-so-cute confusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 16, 2006
Once again, Hollywood makes the mistaken assumption that cribbing Shakespearean plots and dumping the poetry will somehow download the Bard's brilliance.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 16, 2006
The machinery of Shakespeare's cross-dressing lark is so airtight that it works, even with the flip fidelity paid to the original by the writers of She's the Man.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
March 16, 2006
She's the Man amounts to little more than softcore porn for the tween set, with aesthetics ripped from the pages of the Abercrombie & Fitch catalog.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 15, 2006
Bynes, with her chipmunk cheeks and goggly eyes, comes off more like some bizarre third sex -- Davy Jones after an infusion of estrogen.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
March 15, 2006
Its star's interpretation of teenage manhood for some reason involves talking like an effeminate Alabaman.
| Original Score: D
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Jordan Harper
Village Voice
March 14, 2006
Amanda Bynes...tackles the lead role of Viola/Sebastian with enough enthusiasm to wring laughs from the retread story.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
March 14, 2006
She's the Man gathers up enough energy and likeable goodwill that it almost skirts past some extremely strained passages in which Bynes plays out being a boy.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 10, 2006
She's the Man fails to exploit the myriad comedic possibilities, settling instead for broad, unconvincing slapstick aimed at 12-year-olds and gags Shakespeare would have rejected as ancient.