88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

It is also extremely well-written in the fearless way of a smarty pants on a roll in the university cafeteria.
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50

Boston Globe

By Janice Page
Isn't so much awful as it is self-conscious, overdone, shallow, and just not up to the level of its star.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Only partly successful.
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50

Wall Street Journal

Ms. Wood, who made a potent impression two years ago as a naïve adolescent led astray by a sophisticated and psychotic classmate in "Thirteen," has the whip hand this time around -- and she's wonderfully persuasive. She needs a movie to match.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
So exploitative and misogynistic that its last-minute dramatic turns and pleas for tolerance and understanding come off as manipulative as its heroine.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Pretty Persuasion reminds me of a half-hour TV series that has a great pilot episode, then falls apart in subsequent installments. Movies need to grow and change to keep things interesting; this one is stagnant.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
So the movie is daring, and well-acted. Yet it isn't very satisfying, because the serious content keeps breaking through the soggy plot intended to contain it.
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38

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Another high school vixen movie, this one with a potty mouth (the vixen) and pretensions of social commentary (the movie), Pretty Persuasion brings to mind a number of other titles, all better.
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38

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Sets out to be a social critique but settles for smug disdain.
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16

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
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.
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45 out of 100
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