Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 15 out of 21
  1. 63
    Like the candy from which it gets its name, Jawbreaker is fun at the start, but can turn into a chore to complete.
  2. Jawbreaker breaks ground in one way. The movie is notably unpleasant, not just because it's morally offensive, but because it strives for this arch, artificial John Waters tone without any accompanying pay-off in wit.
  3. 38
    A slick production of a lame script, which kills time for most of its middle half-hour. If anyone in the plot had the slightest intelligence, the story would implode.
  4. It's so low it scrapes through the barrel and deep into the earth's core. It's the lowest piece of garbage to hit screens in months.
  5. 40
    The movie's gossamer-thin plot, padded with dream sequences and flashbacks to scenes you saw less than an hour earlier, exists only as an excuse for obvious homages to better films, stunt casting...and what pass for clever remarks in circles unfamiliar with real wit.
  6. 30
    Death and comedy rarely mix, and this tedious and painfully un-funny effort by director Darren Stein is no exception.
  7. 30
    Jawbreaker has all the heart and soul of last week's mystery loaf (a dish that made the weekly rounds at my alma mater, sadly). And like that unidentifiable bovine by-product, the film is a chilly, messy anti-treat, sweet on the outside, sickly on the in.
  8. A synthetic yet shrill sadomasochistic cartoon.
  9. [McGowan's] serene psychopathology is the movie's most consistent pleasure, and to see her is to both love and fear her.
  10. The film's bright look and visual energy are much more liberating than the machinations of its teen queens.
  11. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    The strongest dimensions of this self-conscious but centerless film are four sexy actresses parading in colorful costumes and Amy Vincent's radiant lensing, which makes the picture seem hipper than it is.
  12. Why sit through a lesser imitation, when you could just rent "Heathers" and those other movies for a far more enjoyable time? Drop-dead bitchery? Been there, done that.
  13. Despite all their seamed stockings and Wonder Bras, the Reagan High girls are as far removed from their sexuality as Jawbreaker is from comedy.
  14. 20
    A nasty black comedy whose relentlessly glossy exterior recalls both Araki and John Waters without the wit or smarts of either...As a black comedy, Jawbreaker has one major flaw: It's not funny.
  15. 10
    It’s like watching an annoying young drag queen who flubs the quips she’s stolen, refuses to shut up and thinks attitude is wit.
  16. 0
    Stein's script is slack and tin-eared, too feeble to pass for satire, and inadequate even by lazy-pastiche standards.
  17. This derivative concept movie is tiresomely slick as well as shamefully sloppy, and someone should issue a restraining order requiring writer-director Darren Stein to stay at least 100 yards away from irony.
  18. 38
    It's not particularly funny or trenchant, and its portrayal of noxious high school cliques never amounts to more than was shown in "Heathers." [19 Feb 1999]
  19. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    An air of self-congratulation hangs over the empty tank of gas called Jawbreaker, as if writer-director Darren Stein just can't wait to dazzle us with the gaudy visuals he's soldered onto a standard-issue black-comedy script.
  20. Wickedly hilarious. [19 Feb 1999]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. May 30, 2012
    A Great Cast!
    I'm Not Sure What Happned With Critics And This Movie...
    Not The Most Creative Story Line Of All Time But Still A Good Movie..

    Rebecca Gayheart And Rose McGowan Are Amazing In This Movie!
    Full Review »
  2. Feb 23, 2011
    Rose McGowan Does Great In This Film As Courtany Shane! All I Can Say Really Good Plot, And A Really Enjoyable Cast!
    I Really Enjoyed The
    Music Is The Film! Each Song Went Along With The Scene :) Full Review »