Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    This is the kind of movie about teenagers that an adult audience should embrace. It's simply that good, and Stone is nothing short of wonderful.
  2. Why, then, am I so pleased with Easy A? Because the movie, despite a few flaws, seems to have been made by higher intelligence, and because it catapults Emma Stone into a higher place reserved for American actors who can handle elevated language with casually dazzling aplomb.
  3. A movie that charms its way to being a kind of well-crafted teen touchstone that very well could become to today's generation what "Ferris Bueller" was to teens of the '80s.
  4. 88
    Writer-director Will Gluck has written a stiletto-sharp, zinger-filled script that recalls "Mean Girls" as well as the films of John Hughes, which are sampled to amusing effect in a clever clip montage.
  5. 88
    It's a funny, engaging comedy that takes the familiar but underrated Emma Stone and makes her, I believe, a star.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Easy A not only makes the grade, but it comes in close to 100%.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Judged on a curve, set by the testosterone-fueled raunch-a-thons that have dominated teen comedies from "American Pie" to "Superbad" and beyond, Easy A deserves an A+, with extra credit for lack of misogyny, c--- talk, or flatulence.
  8. 80
    A thoroughly delightful surprise, after a summer full of dim and dreary comedies.
  9. A high school romp that turns a stale genre upside down with sly wit and sharp satire.
  10. Director Will Gluck (Fired Up!) shows wicked comic timing and uncommon warmth in an overworked genre.
  11. You'd be hard-pressed to find a misfit loner as confident as Olive, who bears her considerable tortures with remarkable grace. But Stone is so funny, smart and sweet that we relate to her anyway.
  12. 80
    This is one of those movies in which the lead character is so self-possessed, wise, well spoken and witty, that she sounds far too adult to be a teenager.
  13. 80
    Arguably the best teen comedy since Clueless, it's easy to give this one an A. Well, A-.
  14. A surprisingly warmhearted examination of hypocrisy and social insecurity, unlikely camaraderie and stutter-stepped formation of adult identity.
  15. 75
    Easy A may not be a great movie, but it is a knowing and enjoyable one.
  16. Gluck also directed "Fired Up!," another teen charade with lots of quick-witted verbal raunch. Easy A does a few things better.
  17. 75
    Screenwriter Bert V. Royal takes the oldest adolescence hook in the book - losing one's virginity- and turns it inside out.
  18. It's definitely a Diablo Codyesque cut above the norm – the wit can sometimes feel contrived but at least there's wit to be found.
  19. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Until it spins manically out of control in the last act, Easy A is a charmer: a high school satire with a lethally sharp script and a big, smart, adorable star performance from Emma Stone.
  20. Gluck is not a visual storyteller. He depends entirely on his performers and their snappy dialogue.
  21. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Enhanced by a wicked sense of humor, Will Gluck's movie does what Hughes did best, showcasing characters with personality who make you wish you had them on speed dial.
  22. 75
    The ghost of John Hughes smiles upon Easy A, a film that freely and giddily borrows from and pays tribute to Hughes' famous Holy Trinity of '80s teen angst comedies.
  23. Lisa Kudrow does a dazzling turn as a guidance counselor who's a flickering mixture of sympathy and narcissism. But the movie belongs to Stone, that gorgeous, husky-voiced redhead.
  24. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    I finally surrendered to the script's breezy intelligence and the movie's relatively mature sensibility. As for Emma Stone, she didn't have to win me over. She conquered me from the first A.
  25. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Neither as smart nor as funny as it wants to be. With the verbal-cleverness dial set at 11, the teen comedy wears its glib cultural references - pop and 19th-century literary - in boldface embroidery.
  26. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    What this high school morality fable really recalls is "Clueless" -- a comedy of very contemporary ill manners drawn from classic literature, an immersion in the young-adult lexicon and a potentially career-making showcase for its lead actress, Emma Stone.
  27. Easy A isn't nearly as good a movie as "Clueless," Ms. Heckerling's contemporary pastiche of the Jane Austen novel "Emma." But the one-liner-loaded screenplay has the same insouciant charm.
  28. 67
    The film is at its best when it isn't afraid to be earnest.
  29. Easy A has some agreeable fast banter, but it's so self-consciously stylized that it wears you out.
  30. 63
    The jokes are hit-and-miss. But Stone is one sassy babe and a breakout star who nails every zinger and brings genuine warmth to her scenes with her parents, played by the priceless Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci. You mean girls can eat it.
  31. Reviewed by: Kristin Hunt
    It does deserve points for casting and some clever humor, but falls short of the classic high school movie canon.
  32. 63
    Easy A is unnecessarily hard on the religious kids. Unlike "Saved," it uses broad caricatures of gospel-singing fanatics to get laughs, and the bug-eyed, over-the-top performance by Bynes (who apparently really should have retired after making this film) doesn't help matters.
  33. As far as teen comedies informed by 10th-grade English syllabi go, Easy A, partly inspired by "The Scarlet Letter," is remedial ed compared with "Clueless" and "10 Things I Hate About You."
  34. Manages to waste the talents of its strong supporting cast, which includes Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell and Stanley Tucci.
  35. The script, credited to one Bert V. Royal, seems to have been run through an out-of-control sass machine (seriously, it'll make you appreciate Diablo Cody's tact).
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 303 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 82
  2. Negative: 13 out of 82
  1. Mar 15, 2011
    This was just a another stupid "chick flick." I can't believe that these types of movies are what my generation watches now. This movie isThis was just a another stupid "chick flick." I can't believe that these types of movies are what my generation watches now. This movie is about a nerdy girl who pretends to lose her virginity so she can become popular, it was exceedingly boring. I thought the actors were below talented. I must say that the only funny scenes were when Emma Stone's parents where in it. Full Review »
  2. Sep 22, 2010
    I'm not usually into teen movies, but this one was funny and witty and thoroughly entertaining. And despite its sex-related topic, didn'tI'm not usually into teen movies, but this one was funny and witty and thoroughly entertaining. And despite its sex-related topic, didn't feel super dirty and raunchy like Superbad or the American Pie-type movies. I enjoyed pretty much every scene with Emma Stone, Patricia Clarkson, or Stanley Tucci. It isn't going to win an Oscar, but made me laugh out loud time and again. And though I almost never want to see movies more than once, I'm already thinking about seeing it again. (And as an aside, is anyone else thinking that a Tina Fey/Emma Stone collaboration would be awesome?) Full Review »
  3. Sep 19, 2010
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Pinpointing the exact moment where Julia Roberts became a star in Garry Marshall's "Pretty Woman" was a tangible instant, a light source, previously unseen, suddenly emanating from the jacuzzi. It was Julia singing "Kiss", out of tune and out to charm, punctuated with kissing noises, that set the Steel Magnolia apart from the other Magnolias and Mystics. Emma Stone, last seen in "Zombieland", now seen in "Easy A", has a moment like that, when the earworm(Natasha Bedington's "Pocketful of Sunshine") which enters Olive's head, slowly and surely burrows deeper and deeper over the course of a lonely weekend, with perfect editing, Wes Anderson-like titles, and the right shaggy mutt, shows how singing some disposable, yet insinuatingly catchy pop song can turn into a compulsion, a temporary full-blown neurosis, and a cure for the blues, while, of course, charming the pants off the audience. Stone plays a virgin, Olive Pendergast, who is made to feel inadequate by the sexual exploits of her worldly best friend Rhiannon(Aly Michalka), two girls, the virgin and the whore, who aren't all that dissimilar from their twentieth-century counterparts played by Thora Birch and Mena Suvari in Sam Mendes' "American Beauty". In the Mendes film, the friendship sours the moment Jane(Birch) embarks on a love affair with Ricky(Wes Bentley), an unexpected development that intimidates the usually undauntable Angela(Suvari), since as it turns out, her boastful talk about wanting to do "it" with Jane's father is all an act. She's a virgin too, like Rhiannon, perhaps, which would explain why the daughter of nudists would turn against Olive, when the purported wild girl should be thrilled to have a partner-in-crime(ala Nicky Reed and Evan Rachel Wood in Catherine Hardwicke's "Thirteen": the mother played by Patricia Clarkson has a little Holly Hunter in her). Previously, with bravado and post-feminist glee, Rhiannon squeals in delight upon learning that her caller ID name on Olive's cell phone is "big t**s", a sure indication that Olive may have a body image problem, as Jane did in "American Beauty", when she explores the possibility of breast implants. She feels like a "plain Jane", so does Olive, that's why the good girl turns "bad"; the good girl feels the pressure to compete, but the moviegoer may want to hedge his/her bets that the good girl may be in a one-woman race against a c*cktease. Who can forget the scene between Suvari and Kevin Spacey, when the jailbait temptress reverts back into a quivering schoolgirl, as Lester gets ready to ravish her. (He didn't realize the rose petals in his sex fantasy about Angela, signified a deflowering.) As played by Spacey, Lester Burnham had no morals. Whereas in "Easy A", the English teacher played by Thomas Haden Church, is kept in check by some girls(Amanda Bynes is their queen bee) who belong to an on-campus church group. Sanctimonious and annoying as they may appear to be, the moviegoer should be aware of the sexual overtones, albeit Victorian ones, which makes Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" a fairly incendiary book; a book that could be employed to help seduce a bright and naive female student by some unscrupulous teacher. The wife's affair with a male student is treated like a surprise plot twist, suggesting that the transgression was supposed to occur between Olive and Mr. Griffith. But alas, while Christian values take its lumps, Christian values save the day; saves the teacher's job, because Olive never does turn into Hester Prynne, never commits adultery. The "A" stitched to her dress signifies nothing; it's merely a fashion accessory. She never does get that easy "A" from the English teacher. She's a good girl. And that's progress. Back in 1990, to be America's Sweetheart, Julia Roberts played the hooker with a heart of gold, whereas Emma Stone, in a long line of heir apparents since then, plays a fake hooker who takes the fake orgasm to the next level. Full Review »