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  • Summary: A re-telling of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," set in a modern-day Seattle high school.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. 100
    It's a celebration of young American women, finding them smarter, tougher, shrewder, more rigorous, more persistent and more honest than any movie in many a moon.
  2. 90
    It goes straight to the top of the class. O can there be such a thing as too keen a guilty pleasure, particularly when the whole genre is knowingly pitched to audiences as a trashophile's delight? No, there cannot.
  3. What really elevates it, though, is the film's sharp wit and tender heart, both of which are conveyed beautifully by the fresh-faced cast.
  4. Reviewed by: Justine Elias
    70
    Anyone who hates '80s pop will find this movie awfully tiresome, but Stiles and her underage Petruchio (Australian actor Heath Ledger, as hunky as his name) are charismatic and bold enough to carry any romantic comedy.
  5. 63
    And yet ... gee, the movie is charming, despite its exhausted wheeze of an ancient recycled plot idea.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    60
    10 Things doesn't take much time before ditching its pitch idea in favor of a mishmash of newer formulas, never quite settling on a cogent game plan or directorial tone.
  7. It wimped out by blanding down the story and the characters to the point where she isn't really a shrew and he isn't really a maniac.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Helen
    Jan 2, 2009
    10
    Love the film, but agree with the San Francisco Chronicles review, the charachters change far to much and it just seems to unrealistic. still Love the film, but agree with the San Francisco Chronicles review, the charachters change far to much and it just seems to unrealistic. still a great film! Expand
  2. AliceM.
    Mar 24, 2008
    10
    Relates to children of this era and tells them the story of Taming of the Shrew in a modern world. If Shakespeare was here today he would of Relates to children of this era and tells them the story of Taming of the Shrew in a modern world. If Shakespeare was here today he would of approved most probably! Expand
  3. KayeC.
    Jun 6, 2007
    9
    It was funny and not bad for a chick flick, I liked most of the music.
  4. Oct 18, 2014
    9
    Featuring what is to this day considered one of Julia Stiles finest performances (if not her finest), as well as a remarkably brilliantFeaturing what is to this day considered one of Julia Stiles finest performances (if not her finest), as well as a remarkably brilliant performance by Heath Ledger, making this teen flick one of the best teen movies to come out of the 90s. Expand
  5. SpencerD.
    Oct 27, 2008
    8
    What Brings It Up: Simply put, it's funny. What Brings It Down: Like most teen movies, it's kind of a silly plot. Overall, I'm What Brings It Up: Simply put, it's funny. What Brings It Down: Like most teen movies, it's kind of a silly plot. Overall, I'm not too fond of the teen genre, but this film sets an example that other ten films should strive to achieve. Expand
  6. Sep 12, 2014
    7
    10 Things I Hate About You might be the most authentic and humorous hight school movie ever made. It is not so raunchy and not too sweet, they10 Things I Hate About You might be the most authentic and humorous hight school movie ever made. It is not so raunchy and not too sweet, they now where to stop. It is really good! Expand
  7. Mar 6, 2014
    5
    I just don't get the characters. And the whole story to be honest. But I don't blame the actors nor actresses, rather the script. It's notI just don't get the characters. And the whole story to be honest. But I don't blame the actors nor actresses, rather the script. It's not funny but neither realistic. Didn't like it, but either didn't hated it. Collapse

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