The Kissing Booth

Critics Consensus

The Kissing Booth deploys every rom-com cliché in the book with little care given to achieving any real sentiment.

17%

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Total Count: 12

61%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 2,384
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When Elle Evans (Joey King), a pretty, late-bloomer who's never-been-kissed, decides to run a kissing booth at her high school's Spring Carnival, she unexpectedly finds herself locking lips with her secret crush- the ultimate bad boy, Noah Flynn (Jacob Elordi). Sparks fly, but there's one little problem: Noah just happens to be the brother of her best friend, Lee, (Joel Courtney) and is absolutely off limits according to the rules of their friendship pact. Elle's life is turned upside down when she realizes that she must ultimately make a choice: follow the rules or follow her heart. Based on Beth Reekle's self-published coming-of-age novel that became an international sensation, THE KISSING BOOTH is a Netflix Film, written and directed by Vince Marcello

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Cast

Molly Ringwald
as Mrs. Flynn
Joey King
as Elle Evans
Joel Courtney
as Lee Flynn
Jacob Elordi
as Noah Flynn

Critic Reviews for The Kissing Booth

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

  • In another film, the sentiment would be a romantic one. In The Kissing Booth, it feels like a cage.

    May 31, 2018 | Rating: D | Full Review…

    Kate Erbland

    indieWire
    Top Critic
  • A refreshing film in its start but whose interest soon decays to end up being a mediocre movie. [Full Review in Spanish]

    Apr 3, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The director seemed to have a strange fascination with the lead taking off her shirt and wearing super short skirts, and the camera lingered on her in ways that made me uncomfortable.

    Feb 25, 2019 | Rating: F | Full Review…
  • It feels like it was written by someone who simply digested everything she was told "romance" was supposed to be by the patriarchy, and vomited back at us. Nearly every cliché in the film feels cribbed from another movie.

    Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A smattering of swearing, sexual references and underage drinking means it doesn't patronise its intended audience, and it refreshingly allows the female lead to be the dork, rather than some unobtainable Venus.

    Jan 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Largely for its pre-teen audience as its flaws will likely stand out like an unwanted cold sore on prom night for those outside of its target demographic.

    Jul 7, 2018 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Kissing Booth

  • Jul 01, 2018
    Every year, I have to wade through a sea of total cinematic mediocrity in hopes that I'll be in on the ground floor of another Showgirls or The Room. To witness a film of exquisite fecal fecundity is one of those rare gifts of existence, and it warms the soul with a glowing joy from an alternate dimension when chance intersects my eyes and ears with some remote magical turd. This is more often than not a painful experience like in the case of Birdemic: Shock and Terror, so I'm lucky when I get to have a nice ab workout from spit takes and guffaws instead of the customary pain of a filmic failure. That being said, The Kissing Booth is one of the most enjoyable bad movies I've seen in years. For the first hour of this thing, I couldn't stop laughing. It's an unintentional parody of every high school coming-of-age rom-com. It's like if High School Musical (without the music) and Twilight (without the Monster Mash) and Mean Girls (without a good screenplay) had a trope baby midwifed by John Hughes (Post-Baby's Day Out). Joey King plays a girl who's attracted to her best friend's brother. There is all of the drama. You can guess how everything plays out, which makes for a particularly difficult final forty minutes of drawn out apologies and tearful moments of "I love you, but I love him" babble. However, believe me when I say that that first hour is just brimming with silliness. Most modern comedies struggle to match this level of hilarity over the course of a feature length film, and it's lucky if anything past the first act garners even a chuckle. Somehow, this aloof disaster manages to provoke a resonant frequency of laughter with its bad editing, tonal bipolarity, hackneyed cheese, and inherent youthful exuberance. Yeah it's bad, but it's incredulously fun. Just when you think it's going to fall into a lull, there's the girl with headgear. Nearly every male character is a leering moron, and there's one particular night time scene on a motorcycle that had me in stitches from Jacob Elordi's bad acting and the obvious sound stage. Nearly every effect shot is a treasure trove of earnest failure, more consistent with Disney Channel programming than a large budget release, but we are talking about a Netflix original movie here. That's a crap shoot in any case. Move over The Book of Henry, you ain't got nothing on The Kissing Booth.
    K Nife C Super Reviewer

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