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  • Summary: A modern romantic comedy that breaks all the rules -- it blurs the lines between friendship and romantic love, and finds the funny, surprising and ultimately poignant overlap between the two. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. 100
    Delightfully unpredictable, hilarious comedy with wonderful performances that tug at your heart in ways that utterly transcend gender labels.
  2. 88
    This movie is about the survival of the open-minded. As far as current American independents go, it's the fastest and the funniest.
  3. 88
    Delivers that rare combination of winning traits. It's a low-key comedy with a risque hook -- a seemingly straight woman dabbles in lesbianism -- yet it maintains an old-fashioned faith in literate dialogue, believable behavior and themes that reach beyond the plot points.
  4. Men may be gay by nature, but women are lesbians by choice -- for them, it's a simple matter of trading up. Such is the implied message of Kissing Jessica Stein.
  5. While this slightly edgy comedy has moments of offbeat charm, it would carry more conviction if the acting were richer and the characters focused on more sophisticated attitudes and ambitions.
  6. This is possibly the funniest lesbian romp since "Go Fish."
  7. The actual finale, which so betrays what's come before it that it leaves one walking out of the theater holding a grudge against what was.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14