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  • Summary: In this live-action comedy based on the Archie comic book, Josie (Cook), Melody (Reid) and Val (Dawson) are life-long friends from Riverdale determined to take their band out of the garage and into the stratosphere - while staying true to their own look, style and sound. (Universal Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 29
  2. Negative: 6 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Sensationally exuberant, imaginatively crafted and intoxicatingly clever.
  2. A comic-book rock band starring in a film that actually makes a point? Now that's something worth singing about.
  3. Reviewed by: Jane Dark
    The excellently irrelevant music is played by excellently irrelevant real-life rockers.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Even if you find the satire in Josie and the Pussycats self-serving, you might still love the movie, buy the soundtrack, and surrender to the hype. That's what happened to me.
  5. One long camp joke, with vamped scenes strung together.
  6. 50
    Would be more fun if it were either more shameless or more principled in the bad-girl way, taking a stance on the value of artistry and attitude over commerce.
  7. 10
    The insultingly trendy post-postmodern tale rationalizes its own product placement by using overkill.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. KelseyX
    Apr 9, 2009
    I first saw this movie when I was 9 years old. I fell instantly in love. The soundtrack is totally catchy and the girls have great chemistry together. I feel the movie would have seen more success had it been given a PG rating, as it really did appeal to younger than 13. I still frequently watch it now, but mostly because it gives me that warm fuzzy feeling. The language isn't too bad, and don't worry, your little girls won't get the sexual references. I know I didn't (until I was older anyways). It's good fun for the pre-teen crowd, and the music is fun and clean too. Expand

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