Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 23
  2. Negative: 9 out of 23
  1. At a time when crassness and dumbing down pervade popular entertainment, especially movies aimed at youthful audiences, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen dares to be smart.
  2. Only Carol Kane, hilarious in roller curls and wide tortoiseshell glasses, gets to sink her teeth into her role. At least for Lohan, "Confessions" is her stepping-off point. Now she has to find a film to be her "real" stage.
  3. Girls ages 6-14 will get a charge from the fashion show, animation effects and, to a lesser degree, the cartoonish antics. But like most adolescent histrionics, the pic's impact on adults will be limited to mild amusement alternating with annoyance.
  4. A safely sanitized comedy with an important message about loyalty and individuality, plays to Lohan's strengths and gives the target audience a chance to live it up vicariously.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    This junior chick flick merely reinforces superficial clichés one associates with female teens: petty fights, intense highs and lows, and self-absorption.
  6. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    A pretty little package whose perfect, fairy-tale ending is just a little too neat, the film's colorful wrapping includes veteran actress Carol Kane's bizarre but enjoyable performance as the school's uptight drama teacher.
  7. 50
    Modest, mildly engaging film.
  8. With no Jamie Lee Curtis as a volleying partner, though, Lohan's chipper energy is, like, so totally out of proportion given the colorless pliability of everyone around her.
  9. Reviewed by: Nick De Semlyen
    Lola deserves detention; Lohan deserves better.
  10. 40
    Welsh director Sara Sugarman and the great cinematographer Stephen Burum (Hoffa, The Untouchables) keep the visuals bouncing along in bright, primary-color-intensive fashion, but the movie has no real heart and even less soul.
  11. 40
    Doesn't have a mean bone in its body, but it's so sloppily assembled that even Lohan's charm can't keep it together.
  12. Tethered to screenwriter Gail Parent's adaptation of Dyan Sheldon's novel, plus the demands of bigwig producers, it's a testament to Sugarman's artistry that she sustains her funky playfulness--a hallmark of her earlier work--throughout most of this film.
  13. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Minimally funny comedy feels like a Disney Channel pic that got boosted to theatrical after Lohan scored a hit opposite Jamie Lee Curtis in the "Freaky Friday" remake.
  14. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    A smart script by Gail Parent (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) boosts the first half of this comedy.
  15. I confess to a deep uncertainty about whether this can be rightly called a movie. A bunch of scenes, maybe... I confess to a cynical belief that Lola isn't actually a role but just a succession of costume changes.
  16. Another casualty of the uncomfortable branding so common to the teen genre, the same branding one sees in a film starring Hilary Duff, or Amanda Bynes, or the next sweet but bland blond actress that comes down the assembly line.
  17. Reviewed by: Anya Kamenetz
    Smug, sanitized fantasy.
  18. It's a silly, giggly piece of pink-colored fluff, as hyperactive as its heroine and as redolent of bubble gum and Love's Baby Soft cologne as Lola apparently is. Yet the superficial sweetness masks something rotten.
  19. Even by Disney's formulaic standards -- is about as cut and dried as the phone book.
  20. It breaks director Billy Wilder's most important movie commandment: Thou Shall Not Bore. It's just not funny.
  21. 25
    Shlocky, sloppy and crass adolescent comedy.
  22. The movie [Sugarman] made gives little indication that she understands teen girls, dramatic or plain. Much of Confessions seems clueless and -- even worse for moviegoers of any age -- listless.
  23. 12
    Every ounce of the film feels artificially upbeat.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 27
  2. Negative: 12 out of 27
  1. Dec 29, 2010
    If I had to describe this movie in 3 words,
    Probably the worst movie I ever watched.
  2. Oct 18, 2013
    I think that Lindsay Lohan is wonderful. "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" is perfect for teenagers. I think that everyone will enjoy with this movie. 100% recommended! Full Review »
  3. Sep 2, 2012
    Pure stupid teenage girl garbage. Sure, it had it's moments but the nonsense in this movie is way over the top. bad from start to finish with a few laughs in between. Full Review »