The DUFF Reviews

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August 15, 2019
While director Ari Sandel's adaptation is devoid of any surprises and spells out every thought and action, it does finally deliver a worthy message.
May 14, 2019
Not clever enough to be genre-defining in its own right, The DUFF nevertheless follows successfully in the footsteps of its teen romcom predecessors, delivering both laughs and a genuinely touching romance.
April 30, 2019
It's not a terrible movie, just kind of forgettable and average.
March 15, 2019
This is Whitman's show, and she's so strong she makes a good film out of what should have been a middling one.
January 31, 2019
There's a part of me that thinks I should dislike this film on principle alone, but I'd be lying if I said I did dislike the finished project.
January 24, 2019
A fairly predictable entry into the teen genre that is elevated thanks to an incredibly charming lead performance from Mae Whitman.
December 8, 2018
THE DUFF has a visual style that places you in the lexicon of the teen psyche, with self-referential hashtags and slang.
August 23, 2018
Both the cruelty of the students and the happiness of the ending felt beyond the realm of possibility to me. If you're going to make a satire, you have to go all the way.
August 16, 2017
What keeps this movie from simply being a tired rip-off is the incredible performance of Mae Whitman.
June 7, 2016
Always fun to see how high school gets techno-updated. The phone-and-social-media insanity portrayed here makes the beepers of 1995's 'Clueless' look like trilobite fossils.
March 21, 2016
The DUFF brings something different to the genre.
February 23, 2016
An earnest high-school comedy that mostly feels like the dried-out, overheated leftovers of John Hughes.
December 30, 2015
As she proved in Arrested Development, Whitman is great -- although without her tremendous comic skill The DUFF would be, well, duff.
December 30, 2015
[Mae Whitman] helps elevate a predictable story into one many won't mind watching.
December 18, 2015
It occasionally plays like a mashup of Mean Girls and Easy A, but Whitman's performance gives The DUFF a spiky energy all its own.
November 5, 2015
There are times during The DUFF where you sense some potential. But by the time the third act delivers its predictable finale, seasoned audiences are left to reminisce about the movies that did it all better.
August 26, 2015 is, in the end, impossible to view The DUFF with anything less than almost total disdain (especially given the above-average nature of its source material).
June 26, 2015
"The DUFF" is what you might call a catch-all teen comedy.
June 11, 2015
Despite the very predictable way the movie moves along, the message here is simple, well-known and comfortingly reassuring -- that if someone loves you, they will do so because of who you really are on the inside.
May 30, 2015
As in any romantic comedy, star chemistry is essential, and this movie's got it: Whitman and Amell have an easy rapport that probably makes Cagan's dialogue sound snappier than it is.
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