The DUFF Reviews

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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 9, 2015
Mae Whitman - please star in all movies.
April 2, 2015
The Duff is your typical high-school misfit comedy, elevated by a kooky, cranky and deeply sympathetic performance by Mae Whitman.
April 2, 2015
[The DUFF] looks at first as if it's set in a post-clique world, where it's ok to be niche. But no, the film tells us, for jock, goth and geek alike, there's another hurdle: you need to be hot.
April 2, 2015
The Duff is a standard-issue high-school film, but it has some funny material.
February 26, 2015
This is a well-intentioned and sometimes quite sharp high school movie that falls just short of the mark due to a few way-off-the-mark scenes and too much heavy-handed preaching.
February 21, 2015
It's hard not to see "The Duff" becoming an instant teen classic.
February 20, 2015
Why is it so wonderful? Because wit and charm matter, and The DUFF has a good deal of both. The cast will be stars, the gags will be immortal, and you'll still be watching this movie years from now.
February 20, 2015
Whitman displays flawless comic timing and consistently makes inspiring choices in terms of delivery, reaction, even the slightest facial expression. She shines confidently in a self-deprecating role, and it's irresistible.
February 20, 2015
It's not "Mean Girls." It's not even "Easy A." But it's definitely a solid B.
February 20, 2015
It's the first great teen comedy since Mean Girls.
February 20, 2015
Sandel's film has heart, some good laughs and a decent message. In this age of cyberbullying, that's nothing to scoff at.
February 20, 2015
It falls short of the mark, even as it hits every one of the genre's conventions.
February 19, 2015
Especially because the young co-stars Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell are so appealing, The DUFF is charming, cheeky and relevant.
February 19, 2015
Even in this would-be subversive comedy, success means getting the guy.
February 19, 2015
Romance, or the desire to find someone special, isn't a bad thing - if it's not the only thing. But as it stands in "DUFF," the denouement at prom has clich written all over it.
February 19, 2015
The DUFF would make John Hughes smile.
February 19, 2015
A Derivative Unimaginative Forgettable Film.
February 19, 2015
Mae Whitman is the best thing here, and the funny actress deserves better material than what's offered in this derivative and superficial ode to teen self-acceptance.
February 19, 2015
A smart, funny, straight-talking teen movie in the John Hughes tradition. Oodles of charm from the young cast.
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