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  • Summary: The story of 17-year-old Halley Martin (Moore), who has been convinced by the outrageous relationships around her that the whole concept of true love is vastly overrated. (New Line Cinema)


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 29
  2. Negative: 7 out of 29
  1. Moore makes Halley's awakening organic and touching. In an age when most teenagers are up to their eyeballs in postmodern consumer glitz, her movies seem radical not just in their retro squareness but in their unfashionable embrace of faith over ironic flippancy.
  2. 70
    There's a surprising intelligence and gravity working beneath its bubbly surface, informed by an unusual degree of empathy for its adolescent audience and a rare willingness to confront the darker regions of youth experience.
  3. Reviewed by: Alexis Mersel
    The handful of comic moments will serve up a few good laughs.
  4. It’s just too much drama for one modest film to service adequately. In an effort to cram it all in, scenes abruptly jump from one to the next with nary a smooth transition in sight, relationships evolve far too quickly, and certain subplots drop out of the mix only to resurface, jarringly, much later.
  5. 50
    Mostly honest in its portrayal of teen sexuality -- it exists, whether we like it or not -- but also offers up the troubling notion of teen pregnancy as romantic and magical.
  6. How much can one girl grapple with over the course of an hour and a half?
  7. 20
    To call this scattered and cliché-ridden film less-than-cohesive would be generous, and Moore lacks the ability to imbue hackneyed dialogue with resonance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. LindzR.
    Apr 21, 2004

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