Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. 12
    It's a movie without a brain. Charlie's Angels is like the trailer for a video game movie, lacking only the video game, and the movie.
  2. Charlie's Angels is finally Cameron Diaz's movie. Her Natalie has a heart as insecure as her body is smokin'.
  3. 80
    These kickass Barbies bring heart to a machine tooled genre.
  4. 40
    So inconsequential that it starts evaporating from memory the minute it's over.
  5. Too bad the action scenes rarely rise above standard kung-fu comedy, diluting the film's otherwise considerable entertainment value.
  6. A potato chip of a movie. Tasty and lightweight, it's fine for a cinematic snack, if that's what you're looking for. Making it an entire meal, however, really isn't advisable.
  7. So phenomenal that Bill Murray can't even steal it. And he tries. So excellent that Murray's MTV progeny Tom Green can't sink it.
  8. 78
    A simply flat-out fun film.
  9. The gals are fab. And so's the movie.
  10. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    A charming, hyper-energetic, and wittily self-aware action comedy about gorgeous girls.
  11. 63
    The most charming bad movie ever spun off a hit TV show.
  12. 30
    Of course, it's terrible -- but did it have to be this bad?
  13. The first third or so offers all the dominatrix fantasies one might wish for, but then fantasy gives way to the aggressiveness of the special effects and optical effects.
  14. 70
    Who cares about the fate of privacy, of all things, when you can watch three sexy babes stamp out crime in zip-off suits and high-heeled boots?
  15. The dialogue includes double entendres that are rather clever, if you're mentally at the age of 11.
  16. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    This entertaining confection possesses the substance of the TV show, the pacing of a Hong Kong actioner and the production values of a James Bond thriller.
  17. It's hard to believe how bad this movie is.
  18. What's on screen is a hash, though it may very well be the most comprehensive catalog of male erotic fantasies in one single film.
  19. It never pretends that it's anything more than trashy, cheesy fun. But even trash -- especially trash this expensive -- should at least be well made. Sure, it's easy on the eyes, but would a little brains be too much to ask?
  20. An update with a jolt of sheer exuberance.
  21. 50
    The cheesy disco action scenes are topped only by the movie's ripe double entendres and continual cheesecake.
  22. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    It's to these Angels' credit that they, like the movie, are at least intermittent fun.
  23. At its best, it is self-effacing fun.But the cartoonish approach takes its toll: The random twists and contrived showdowns devolve into just so much abstract business, too silly to take seriously and too unmotivated to make sense.
  24. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    A babe-athon, pure and simple.
  25. The film's tongue is so firmly in cheek that, without being a spoof like "Dragnet" or "The Brady Bunch Movie," it has more in common with the "Austin Powers" films.
  26. 30
    A tarted-up but tedious reprise of the '70s TV series.
  27. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    50
    The best you can say for this version of Charlie's Angels is that it retains a sort of chipper, eerie good nature as it wastes the studio's money and our time.
  28. It tries to be both camp and action film--send-up and kick-ass. But it delivers so little on both fronts.
  29. 50
    The movie's still thinner than a supermodel's waist. It's not just that the results are less than heavenly; it's that we don't know what the hell they are.
  30. 67
    A big, loud, sometimes clever, often dumb behemoth of a movie.
  31. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    70
    Something rare: a mess of a movie that is somehow infectious, and infectious not despite the mess, but because of it.
  32. Reviewed by: Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
    75
    Irresistible, campy fun.
  33. Reviewed by: Moira Macdonald
    50
    While it's not exactly the complete bomb that some were predicting, Charlie's Angels is ultimately just an amiable mess.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 8 out of 23
  1. Sep 20, 2011
    10
    Charlie's Angels ROCKS! I love the original movie, great cast, although Cameron Diaz sure knows how to do the Soul Train line. For some reason, I like the original TV series starring the late Farrah Fawcett is a sure fire classic. I don't know if I'm going to watch the reboot of the series, but I don't like the new cast at all. It's wrong and nobody wants to see a Charlie's Angels reboot. All we want is a third movie. So please, Sony. Make with the third movie, already. Full Review »
  2. Aug 15, 2011
    10
    I enjoyed this movie recently. I like action movie! This movie makes me want to see next scene. I recommend you to see this movie if you didn't watch this movie. Full Review »
  3. Jul 13, 2014
    8
    Charlie's Angels: 8 out of 10: Reading the major press reviews I am struck by a time travel quality of their pans. It is as if they are watching another movie entirely. It's as if they were watching the leaden Charlie's Angels sequel Full Throttle.

    The first Angels however is a great movie if you keep three things in mind. It is mindless. It is fun. It is mindless fun. Never has eye candy had so many empty calories. As nutritious for your brain as a deep-fried Twinkie and with about as much substance, Charlie's Angels is about as quintessential a summer movie as you can get.

    This is not a bad thing. With a great soundtrack, three hot girls, solid supporting cast and non-stop action even brainless fun can be… well good. It is not easy to make a film this shallow, this entertaining. (As the sequel proved and come to think of it dozens of movies prove every summer.) In reality there is a fine line between fluffy, bubble headed, featherbrained fun and feeble-minded, half-witted, imbecilic drudgery.

    Charlie's Angels stays solidly on the featherbrained, fluffy side. It is that rather rare film that is smart enough to keep it simple and needless to say mindlessly fun.
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