Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 29
  2. Negative: 6 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    80
    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: Jay Carr
    75
    Mindless glitz-o-ramas don't get any snazzier.
  4. The action is as perky as the main characters.
  5. 70
    A surprisingly smart satire around the bubble-gum band that first found life in the pages of the Archie comic book series.
  6. Reviewed by: Jane Dark
    70
    The excellently irrelevant music is played by excellently irrelevant real-life rockers.
  7. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    70
    That rare film aimed at teenage girls that's still enjoyable for grownup viewers.
  8. The movie's got bounce. Spanked along by a soundtrack that has a surprising punky bite for something aimed at 13-year-olds.
  9. 67
    It's a silly, goofball romp, sure, but this newfangled Josie rocks far harder than her predecessor.
  10. 65
    Dippy, funny, and fast-paced enough to be a guilty pleasure.
  11. 63
    More fun than you'd expect from an adaptation of a '60s Hanna-Barbera cartoon that was in turn derived from a comic book.
  12. Follows its heroines' rise and wising-up with a giddy, "Hard Day's Night" enthusiasm.
  13. 60
    Harmless girlie trifle. Or at least it means to be.
  14. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    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.
  15. Light and frothy though all this is, there is an off-putting element to "Josie," and it's what must be the film's world record number of product placements.
  16. It’s a big, frothy, high-tech, cutesy-poo musical comedy.
  17. 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.
  18. What should have been 90 zippy minutes of jingling, giggling, winking fakery adds up to only about 20 minutes of fun.
  19. 50
    A fair weekend distraction for 10-year-old girls.
  20. One long camp joke, with vamped scenes strung together.
  21. A new millennium version of "A Hard Day's Night" without any wit to balance the silliness.
  22. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    40
    Fails as a movie, it works OK as a long-form video.
  23. Cumming manages to keep the film's pandering in check with every wicked raised eyebrow.
  24. 38
    The concept is so hypocritical, it's like Britney Spears calling Christina Aguilera underdressed and overexposed.
  25. 12
    Josie and the Pussycats are not dumber than the Spice Girls, but they're as dumb as the Spice Girls, which is dumb enough.
  26. 10
    Few people other than future airline passengers should be subjected to such misery.
  27. 10
    The insultingly trendy post-postmodern tale rationalizes its own product placement by using overkill.
  28. An antiadvertisement for itself.
  29. 10
    The fat cats of Hollywood have coughed up a hairball.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. KelseyX
    Apr 9, 2009
    10
    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 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. Full Review »